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Every podcast is a joy

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I can't tell you how often I quote what I've learned on PJ's podcast to other people. It's like listening to a really smart good friend share advice. I look forward to each and every new podcast. Thanks, PJ!

Great for Busy Dad's Too

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My wife and I have 6 kids and life is generally chaos. Great for mom and dad.

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Every podcast is a joy

By Fruit,CSS - May 01 2014
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I can't tell you how often I quote what I've learned on PJ's podcast to other people. It's like listening to a really smart good friend share advice. I look forward to each and every new podcast. Thanks, PJ!

Great for Busy Dad's Too

By John Skiba - Dec 12 2012
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My wife and I have 6 kids and life is generally chaos. Great for mom and dad.

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Rank #1: How To Stop Yelling at Your Children I

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 064.
Do you yell at your children?  Regularly?  Does it bother you that your children don’t listen to what you have to say unless you’re yelling at them?  Is yelling at your kids something you’re secretly ashamed of?

During this podcast episode, I’m joined by the Orange Rhino mom.  Two years ago, she decided she wanted to completely stop yelling at her children.  But unlike most moms, she actually followed through on her desire.  She set herself a challenge to go 365 days without yelling at her children.  And then she started a blog to hold herself accountable.

We had a great conversation about how she actually managed to stop yelling.  If this is something you struggle with, you’ll find some great encouragement and ideas on how to actually make the change so you can “yell less and love more” during this podcast episode.

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Thanks for listening!  Please join me next week for part two of this discussion.

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Mar 06 2014

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Rank #2: How To Stop Yelling at Your Children II

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 065.
I don’t know of any mom who wants to yell at her children.  Yet so many moms are struggling with high stress levels.  It often doesn’t take much to “push them over the edge” and they find themselves yelling at their children regularly.  So how do you stop this cycle?

This is the second part of my interview with the Orange Rhino mom.  Two years ago, she decided she wanted to completely stop yelling at her children.  But unlike most moms, she actually followed through on her desire.  She set herself a challenge to go 365 days without yelling at her children.  And then she started a blog to hold herself accountable.

If yelling is something you struggle with, you’ll find some great encouragement and ideas on how to actually make the change so you can “yell less and love more” during this podcast episode.

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Thanks for listening!  Please join me next week when I talk about parenting your children intentionally.

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Mar 13 2014

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Rank #3: Achieve Your Goals

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 037.
Many people regularly set goals.  Yet they are often frustrated when they don’t reach them.  It is important to set goals the right way as well as doing some work (after setting your goal) to help yourself successfully achieve them.  During this podcast episode, I talk about some of my current goals, how many of them I have, and what I do to make sure that I achieve them.

Listener Questions

Charlene: What tools do you use to note that the goal is completed?

Laurel: Homeschool goals?

Abigail: What do you do to motivate you to continue towards a goal when it gets hard?

Kara: How do you teach goal setting to your children?

Rebecca: How do you know how high to set the bar? I am doing some goal setting myself, but I don’t want to set a goal that I can’t achieve… but I don’t want to set the bar too low because then there will not be a challenge.

Resources Mentioned

Here is a link to the episode about my control journal that I reference in this podcast.

What about you?  Are you good or bad about meeting the goals you’ve set for yourself?  I’d love to hear what your goals are and how you’re going to make sure that they’re not just dreams, but something you can successfully accomplish.

Thanks for listening! Please join me next we as I talk about being prepared.

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Jan 18 2013

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Rank #4: Tools For Staying Fit

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 069.
I talk a lot on my blog and podcast about how valuable it is for busy moms to exercise and stay fit.   But it’s not important so that we can look good (that’s just a side benefit).  It’s important so that we can feel good and so that we can have the energy and stamina we need to thrive in our busy lives as we take care of our family.

During this week’s episode, Brett joins me as we talk about some of the tools that we use to stay fit, as well as our current exercise program.

I’ve always worked very hard to teach my daughter during her teenage years that it is important to exercise and stay fit.  But I don’t want her to ever feel that it is all about her outward appearance.  It is important to stay fit so that she is healthy, not so that she can look good in a bikini (if she ever chose to wear one).

I’d love to hear what types of exercises you do to stay fit or if that is one of your current struggles.

Episodes Resources

Thanks for listening! Please join me for next week as I talk about parenting styles.

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Apr 10 2014

31mins

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Rank #5: The Importance of Sleep

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 002.
This week, I’m addressing the issue of sleep.  As moms and homemakers, most of us know what it is like to feel sleep deprived.  But do you truly know how that impacts your health?

Over the past couple of months I personally discovered that it isn’t always enough to get 8 hours of sleep.  The quality of our sleep can often be just as important or even more important than the quantity.    Brett joins me and answers questions about the role of sleep in her life and what happens when we don’t get enough of it.  I hope this episode helps you to make proper sleep a priority in your life so you can be the mom you are capable of being!

I would love to know what you thought of this episode and what the biggest obstacles to a good night’s sleep are for you.

You can comment on the blog post below or leave a message on The Busy Mom’s Survival Guide feedback line at 240-230-SOAP.

Thanks for listening! Tune in next week when I talk about how to eat enough fruits and vegetables!

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Mar 14 2012

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Rank #6: How to Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 003.
In order to be the best wife and mother you can be, you need to take care of yourself.  That means getting enough sleep, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating right.  Most of us fall short on most of those things not because we don’t think that they’re important, but because we have too much going on to do them!

Eating enough fruits and vegetables is just one piece of the puzzle, but it’s a vital piece.  In this podcast episode, I’ll share what and how I eat to make sure I’m getting my needed vegetables.  I’ll also talk a little bit about getting those vegetables in your children. It may not be easy, but getting enough colorful fruits and vegetables is a necessary way to keep you healthy and full of energy so you can get it all done!

I’d love to know what you thought of this episode and if you have any great fruit or veggie recipes you’d like to share.

You can comment on the blog post below or leave a message on The Busy Mom’s Survival Guide feedback line at 240-230-SOAP.

Thanks for listening! Tune in next week when I talk about the importance of drinking water!

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Mar 21 2012

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Rank #7: Do Your Children Feel Loved? II

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 063.
I don’t doubt that you love your child tremendously.  But if your child isn’t FEELING loved, then the fact that you love them isn’t enough.  Your child needs to FEEL that you love them so they can grow into emotionally healthy adults.

The best way to insure that your child is feeling loved is to express your love to them using all five of the love languages.

The five love languages are – Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.   You can find out more about them in the book The 5 Love Languages of Children* by Gary Chapman.  The book also contains a series of questions that can help you discover your child’s dominant love language.

During the first part of this podcast series, I discussed the first two love languages – Words of Affirmation and Quality Time.  During this episode, I cover the remaining languages – Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

You may be more comfortable with just one of these languages (probably your dominant one). But you neeed to show your family love in all of the love languages, not just your preferred language. By expressing your love with all of the love languages, you will help your children grow into adults who can show love in all of the love languages. That is important for healthy adult relationships.

And if you use all of the languages, while focusing on your child’s dominant love language, you will definitely make your child feel loved.

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Thanks for listening!  Please join me next week as I talk about the importance of not yelling at your children and how you can learn not to yell at them.

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Feb 27 2014

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Rank #8: Parenting Styles

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 070.
I’ve spent several months now talking about the importance of studying your children and getting to know their individual strengths and weaknesses as well as their learning styles and love languages.  During this podcast episode, I encourage you to study yourself as I talk about parenting styles.

Parenting styles are the “emotional climate” which characterizes your home and the manner in which you raise your children.  This differs from parenting practices, which are the specific steps you take to parent your child.

The Four Parenting Styles

  • Authoritarian
  • Authoritative
  • Permissive
  • Uninvolved

Episodes Resources

Thanks for listening! Please join me for next weeks episode when I discus  how to overcome sibling rivalry with Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of the book Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry*.

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Apr 17 2014

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Rank #9: How to Parent Intentionally

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 066.
If you imagine that parenting styles form a spectrum, with reactive parenting on one end and proactive parenting on the other, you can think about where you usually reside.

To intentionally parent means that you spend more time being proactive and learning how to move away from reactive parenting. During this podcast episode, I discuss the differences between proactive and reactive parenting styles. I also share seven principles that Jim and I use in parenting our children.

It’s important to understand your own parenting style. Reactive parents normally wait for their child to act before they react. Proactive parents normally act, and expect their children to react. By it’s very nature, reactive parenting tends to focus more on the negative behaviors of your children and how to discourage them.  Whereas proactive parenting focuses on encouraging the positive behaviors of your children.

Proactive parents aren’t perfect.  And children of proactive parents aren’t perfect.  But you’ll find a lot more joy in your parenting once you are able to become more intentional and focused on the positive behavior you wish to develop in your children, as opposed to being focused on disciplining the negative behavior.

7 Principles of Proactive Parents

  1. Proactive parents want their children’s hearts, not just their outward behavior.
  2. Proactive parents take into account their children’s strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Proactive parents train their children ahead of time how to behave.
  4. Proactive parents set house rules and consequences.
  5. Proactive parents are consistent with consequences.
  6. Proactive parents spend more time encouraging positive behaviors than disciplining negative ones.
  7. Proactive parents ensure they are meeting their children’s needs.

What kind of parent are you?

Thanks for listening!  Join me next week as I talk with Kara Durbin about parenting with scripture.

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Mar 20 2014

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Rank #10: How To Overcome Sibling Rivalry I

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 071.
Sibling rivalry is something I think every parent with more than one child deals with. And it can be so frustrating because of how frequently it appears and how much time we spend dealing with it.

But as frustrating as it can be, I know that for me it can also become depressing because as a parent, I truly want my children to be friends as well as siblings.  So it is something that I work very hard to ensure doesn’t get out of control.

During today’s episode, I’m going to talk about sibling rivalry with Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of the book, Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry*.

His book is very straightforward with ten steps to improve the relationship between your children.  If the sibling rivalry in your family is out of control, I would definitely recommend his book, but only if you’re willing to put in the work that is needed to correct the rivalry.  There are no magical words that will fix this issue, but be encouraged that time and effort can definitely make a real improvement.

The Ten Steps

  1. Create a strong family bond
  2. Connect with each child
  3. Eliminate comparing, labeling, and competition
  4. Require sibling respect
  5. Improve sibling communication
  6. Step toward solutions
  7. Teach sibling survival skills
  8. Reinforce positive sibling behavior
  9. Use sibling consequences that work
  10. Put them on the same team

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Thanks for listening! Please join me for next week’s episode when we finish the discussion on sibling rivalry.

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Apr 24 2014

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Rank #11: How To Overcome Sibling Rivalry II

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 072.

During today’s episode, I’m going to finish the discussion about sibling rivalry with Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of the book, Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry*.

A lot of parents are tempted to think that siblings fighting is normal and that there is nothing they can do about it.  While sibling rivalry may be common, and your children may bicker and squabble, it is something you can definitely do something about.

In his book, Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry*, Dr. Todd Cartmell gives 10 specific steps that you can follow that will help you to improve the sibling rivalry in your home.

The Ten Steps

  1. Create a strong family bond
  2. Connect with each child
  3. Eliminate comparing, labeling, and competition
  4. Require sibling respect
  5. Improve sibling communication
  6. Step toward solutions
  7. Teach sibling survival skills
  8. Reinforce positive sibling behavior
  9. Use sibling consequences that work
  10. Put them on the same team

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Thanks for listening! Please join me for next weeks episode as I talk about Scream Free Parenting.

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May 01 2014

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Rank #12: Do Your Children Feel Loved? I

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 062.
I love my children.  And I’m sure that you love yours.  But do you show your kids love in a way that they can understand?  Do they actually feel like you love them?

During this podcast episode I discuss the concept of love languages from the book The 5 Love Languages* by Gary Chapman.

The book really made an impact on me when I read it years ago and I highly recommend it.  I learned that it doesn’t matter how much I love my children if I don’t express it in a way that is meaningful to them.

During the first part of this podcast series, I discuss the first two love languages – Words of Affirmation and Quality Time.  You’ll find out which Jonas children are dominant in these love languages and how I make sure that I am showing them love in a way that matters to them.

Please join me next week as I finish the discussion on love languages by discussing the remaining languages – Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.   I’ll also talk about how you can learn which love language is dominant for the members of your family.

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Thanks for listening!

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Feb 20 2014

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Rank #13: Drink Your Water… or Else!

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 004.
We’re told over and over again to drink enough water.  And I admit, that I usually do, but I didn’t really understand why it was so important.  But now I do!  There is a reason that you can live for several months without food, but only a couple of days without water.  Water is essential to your body functioning properly.

And if you’re not drinking enough water, you’re not going to feel as well as you could.  During this podcast episode I discuss why it is important to drink water, how much you should drink, and how to know if you’re getting enough.

Emery also joins me for a little while to discuss his feelings about drinking water instead of sodas.

I would love to know what you thought of this episode and whether or not you think you’re getting enough water throughout your day. You can comment on the blog post below or leave a message on The Busy Mom’s Survival Guide feedback line at 240-230-SOAP.

Thanks for listening! Tune in next week when I talk about exercise!

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Mar 28 2012

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Rank #14: Don’t Expect Perfection with Jill Savage II

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 060.
If we are constantly expecting perfection from our children, our husband, our home, and ourselves, we are going to feel very dissatisfied with our lives.

During last week’s episode I was joined by Jill Savage, author of the book No More Perfect Moms* and the Hearts at Home Conference and website.  During this episode we continue discussing how important it is to  not expect yourself or your loved ones to be perfect. We need to set realistic expectations so we can find joy with our family.

Episodes in Series

Thanks for listening!  Join me next week as I talk about not wishing away today.

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Feb 06 2014

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Rank #15: Don’t Wish Away Today

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 061.
It is so tempting to look at the difficulties of our lives at this very moment, and to wish for them to be over.  Or to be excited about the next thing that is happening in our lives.

And while it’s great to be excited and plan for the future, we have to be careful to not wish away today.  Despite the difficulties, we need to fully engage in every phase of our life.

Can you relate to any of these comments?

I’m 38 weeks pregnant. In some ways I’m ready to have this birth over and a baby in arms. In others, I have so much to do and I know time with my two girls will never be quite the same again. But I don’t feel like doing much right now!
– Andrea

Oh my gosh, PJ. I really struggle with this. I have two little ones under 3 and I just want to be done with diapers and crying and the little one not walking or talking… I know I need to cherish this time, but it’s so hard when I’m SO TIRED! (And when I usually have poop on me, LOL!)
– Dana

I have been wishing time away for two reasons…One, I’m 39 weeks pregnant, and I just want my baby to get here! Also, the winter thing. I am so done with snow, ice and freezing temps. I want green grass and sunshine!
– Jenna

I spent two years wishing time away. My husband was waiting for an organ transplant. When that day finally arrived I decided that I would no longer wish time away and enjoy EVERY day. That was 15 years ago. We thank God and his donor family for giving this precious gift.
– Norine

During this episode, I share some of my struggles in this area and share some strategies to help you not wish away what you’re currently dealing with.  My hope is that after listening to this podcast, you can find yourself relating more to these comments:

You know, I would find myself wishing it was the weekend etc… But then I realized I was wishing my life away and couldn’t reclaim those moments past. So I have been trying to ‘Live the moment’ so to speak, hard to do in a culture that rehashes past news event over and over and places such large emphasis on planning every moment of the future.
– Susan

No, I am really working on living and loving the moment of time I am currently in. It has made winter much prettier to me and more enjoyable. I should have done this long ago.
– Maureen

Thanks for listening!  Please join me next week when I discuss love languages and how they affect your family.

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Feb 13 2014

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Rank #16: Parenting with Scripture I

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 067.
“I can barely manage my two children; how do you manage EIGHT?” is a question I hear quite often.  During last week’s podcast episode I talked about how Jim and I intentionally parent our children.  We try to spend more time as proactive parents than we do as reactive parents.

During this episode, I am joined by Kara Durbin, author of Parenting With Scripture*. We discuss how we use Bible verses as we train and raise our children.  We share some of our favorite verses and give examples of what that looks like in daily life.  

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Thanks for listening! Please join me next week as I finish the discussion with Kara about parenting your children with scripture.

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Mar 27 2014

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Rank #17: Parenting with Scripture II

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 068.
During last weeks episode, I was joined by Kara Durbin, author of Parenting With Scripture*. We discussed how we use Bible verses as we train and raise our children, and shared verses that we use.

This week I finish the discussion with Kara about parenting your children with scripture.

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Thanks for listening! Please join me for next weeks episode as I talk about fitness.

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Apr 03 2014

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Rank #18: Be Prepared

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 038.
As a mom of 8, there are lots of people depending on me to meet their needs.  I not only take care of them on normal days, but I plan ahead and get prepared for how I will take care of them if disaster strikes. This can be anything from a sickness, job loss, death, fire, natural disaster (e.g. tornado), or loss of income.

Note: photo is what was left of our old church after the March 2nd F4 tornado.

It’s not a fun topic to think about, and hopefully I’ll never need any of my preparations. But if something bad does happen, I want the stuff that I could have dealt with taken care of so I can deal with the emotions and needs of the moment.

During this podcast episode, I discuss the need to think through your family’s possible risky situations. Jim and I periodically talk about and update our plans for

  • storing food and water
  • evacuating family and livestock
  • managing extended loss of electricity (food storage, lighting)
  • cooking and heating without electricity
  • sourcing clean water
  • seeking safety in storm shelter

Listener Feedback

Katie: The military has all sorts of activity books, checklists, and guides for families for all sorts of natural and other disasters online. We make sure to have a “hurricane” bag- just something with essentials (crank lights, flares, 1st aide, non perishable food, etc) and to familiarize ourselves with whatever new area in which we live.

Tara: Tornadoes – we have a storm shelter with three days water, a flashlight and any other things. Just never know where a twister might hit.

Lenea:I’m working on a 3 month supply. Not just having it but also using it so I know what to do when I really need it. To help me get a variety of items I became a consultant for Shelf Reliance. They have a program called the Q. I set a budget and a “wish list” of food storage items that I want and each month I get that budgeted amount of food sent to my home. It has really helped me get organized and get the items I need/want.

Rebecca: We can’t even afford groceries, and preparing with a disabled child only allowed one month’s supply of anti seizure meds is about as pointless as can me. Wish I could, guess our family will be in the first to check out. Yayness.
Note from PJ: Preparedness isn’t just about having money to stockpile stuff. One of the best ways to be prepared is with knowledge and by having a plan. That is free and just requires your time. Oftentimes, it is people without money who fare better than the “rich”.

Becky: We keep a bag by the door with water flashlights emergency info etc. Meds are always ready to go easily. Just added an emergency phone charger and radio. every 3 months I rotate the snacks and water. We are in OK so tornados and in winter ice storm threats make us stay prepared.

What about you?  Have you thought through some basic needs in case of a disaster or unexpected crisis? This is not about preparing for the end of the world, this is about being able to meet your family’s needs despite the circumstances surrounding you.

Thanks for listening! Join me next week as I talk about being polite.

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Jan 25 2013

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Rank #19: Get Off Your Backside and Move!

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 005.
Most of us hear the term fitness and we immediately think of exercise.  But there’s a lot more to fitness than that.  Being fit affects our mood, our energy level,  our health, and our decision making.  It allows us to be the person we want to be and complete the tasks we need to complete.

Find out how I define fitness and why it is so important to the kind of wife, mother, and friend you are.  During this podcast episode, I also share some of the ways that I stay physically fit in the hopes that they encourage you.

Colter joins me to talk about fitness and what types of physical exercises he enjoys.

I would love to know what you thought of this episode and what your fitness goals are. You can comment on the blog post below or leave a message on The Busy Mom’s Survival Guide feedback line at 240-230-SOAP.

Thanks for listening! Tune in next week when I begin a series about getting rid of clutter!

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Apr 04 2012

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Rank #20: Don’t Expect Perfection with Jill Savage I

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Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 059.
Why is it that we moms often expect ourselves to be perfect?  Even worse, why do we find ourselves upset when our husbands, our children, or our homes aren’t perfect either?

During this podcast episode I talk about our tendencies as busy moms to expect perfection of ourselves.  I’m being joined by Jill Savage, author of the book No More Perfect Moms* and the Hearts at Home Conference and website.  We give you some insight and practical tips for adjusting this tendency toward expectations of perfection in your own life.

Episodes in Series

Thanks for listening!  Please join me next week as I finish talking with Jill Savage about No More Perfect Moms.

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Jan 30 2014

32mins

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