Rank #1: Change Is The Only Constant: Episode 184
In Episode 184 we talk about the things that have changed since we became moms--from the superficial stuff like trends in baby gear to the more significant ways that the digital age has shaped parenting culture over the years.
Rank #2: Self-Care As Self-Preservation: Episode 104
There's everyday self-care, and then there's survival mode: when taking care of yourself isn't just a smart thing to do but also your only means of making it through the day. We're talking about the kind of physical, mental, and emotional self-care that becomes especially crucial in a crisis, and we're addressing it head-on in Episode 104.
Rank #3: More Than Mom: Splurges & Saves
We all make choices about where and how we spend our money--so what areas of home, life, and style to Meagan and Sarah choose to save on, and which ones are our splurges? We discuss in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour (suggested by listener Rachel!).
Rank #4: More Than Mom: Clutter
Cupboards, cabinets, closets, and drawers: Meagan and Sarah are opening up and confessing what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to clutter and our homes. Join us for another fun More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour! Patreon Our Patreon community is thriving! Become a patron (that’s a fancy way of saying you
Rank #5: Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 1): Episode 194
It’s not as simple as “helicopter” vs. “free range”. It never is, right? Most of us want to raise resilient, fulfilled, happy future-adults, but the trajectory from high-needs infant to self-assured teen is really murky. What distinguishes over-involved from just, um, involved? What about the cultural pressure to produce kids with impressive, well-rounded résumés? And
Rank #6: More Than Mom: Grumpiness
Ever have an inexplicably grumpy day? (Please say yes.) Meagan and Sarah chat all things grumpiness in this More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour. We laugh about our personal grumpiness triggers, how we survive grumpy days as a mom, and even how our personality types play into grumpiness. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Picture
Rank #7: Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219
The fear of missing out is real, and it preys on new moms in particular. Whether your FOMO flares up when you see other moms' lives play out on Instagram, or you feel it most when it seems like everyone else's kid is on a path to greatness, we can relate (and we've been there). In this episode, Meagan and Sarah look at the types of FOMO that come with motherhood, how we've personally experienced them, and how we've learned to manage the fear of missing out.
Rank #8: Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220
Donating used items, keeping track of library books, getting kids to put their own clean clothes away, and staying on top of the monthly budget: These are a few of the home management / life / adulting systems that are working well in our homes right now. In this episode we talk about what's working and why, how these systems necessarily change (and how nothing works well forever), and which areas of our home lives due for a system overhaul.
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Rank #9: Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks: Voices 01
Parenting is hard enough – even when you’ve studied up on expert tips and have your diaper bag stocked and organized. But sometimes our most genius moments as moms and dads happen when we’re caught off guard – when we don’t have a clear-cut answer and have to rely on in-the-moment instinct and commonsense intuition.
Rank #10: Should I Get Pregnant Again? Episode 187
On the fence about adding another baby to the family? You are not alone. We hear this a TON from listeners, and it’s a favorite topic among mom friends in the family-growing years. In Episode 187 Meagan and Sarah share our own experiences growing our families (with a special focus on the transition from two
Rank #11: More Than Mom: Being Alone
Recently both Meagan and Sarah took trips where they spent significant time alone–like, alone-alone, not “5 minutes in the bathroom with a kid outside the door” alone. This got us thinking about alone-ness in motherhood: the quest to get some, how we feel about it when we do get it, and what types of activities we prefer to do alone vs. with others. This conversation also leads us into topics like anxiety, fear, loneliness, extroversion/introversion, and more. Join us for another More Than Mom episode of The Mom Hour!
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Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:
Meagan documented her solo trip in Northern Michigan through micro-essays on Instagram. Check them out on these topics:
- Heading Out, Alone (Bear Fears Notwithstanding)
- Gentle Nature & Surprise Blueberries
- Lake Superior
- Written Somewhere In My Memory
- Sehnsucht, or The Inconsolable Longing
- The Forest Floor
Rank #12: How To Be A Good-Enough Lunch Packer: Episode 170
Boxes, bags, and bentos--here we go, friends. We're talking lunch-packing on this week's episode of The Mom Hour. From the gear we love (or like well-enough), to the stuff we pack (no, it's not pretty or perfect), to when and how we get lunches packed (and unpacked...ew), today's episode is FULL of tips and stories to encourage you this school year.
Rank #13: Morning Routines & Morning Makeovers: Episode 222
That feeling when summer has all but killed your morning mojo and you're BEGGING for a fresh start? Yep, we're there. Sarah's kids are newly back in school and Meagan's are gearing up, so this episode is all about resetting our mornings. We talk about what has worked in the past, what needs a reset this year or will be changing completely, and offer our best tips for getting out the door on time, feeding yourself and your kids, and how to fit exercise in with it all. (Kidding. We haven't figured that part out yet, but we have much to say about the challenge!)
Rank #14: Knowing Yourself As A Mom: Episode 203
Self-discovery doesn't always coincide with becoming a mom, but for many of us the identity shift that begins in new motherhood continues down a path of personal development through personality profiling, self-help books, and other modes of learning. In Episode 203 Meagan and Sarah look at our own interest in personality tests and self-discovery, and how knowing yourself as a mom can make you a more compassionate parent, partner and friend. Join us!
Rank #15: Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 2): Episode 195
From baby safety to impulsive toddlers, school projects to friendship struggles, as moms we're given a ton of opportunities to get up in our kids' business or let them figure it out on their own. This week on the podcast we continue our look at helicopter parenting and the challenge of raising confident, independent kids.
Rank #16: Family Budgets & Personal Finance: Episode 205
Meagan recently did a budget overhaul and has some thoughts. From getting really clear about expenses to taking an honest look at emotionally-motivated money decisions from the past, we're getting real about family finances in Episode 205. Join us!
Rank #17: Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt with Stacie Billis & Meghan Splawn: Voices 40
From picky eaters to snacking tweens, independent lunch-packers to dinner woes, this month’s Voices interview episode is packed with tips for feeding your family nutritious meals without the guilt. Hosts of the popular podcast Didn’t I Just Feed You? Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn join Sarah to talk about their measured, nonjudgmental, and totally do-able approaches to family meals. This is a can’t-miss episode–join us!
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Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 40:
- @DidntIJustFeedYou on Instagram
- Stacie’s book: Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch–with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them
- Meghan Splawn’s articles and recipes for TheKitchn.com
- @meagan_splawn and @staciebillis on Instagram
- Episodes of Didn’t I Just Feed You mentioned in our conversation:
- 3-part series on Picky Eaters (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- Episode 36: The Invisible Work of Feeding a Family
- Episode 7: Chop, Chop, Om — Real Life Meal Prep Tips as Self Care
- Episode 13: Who’s Messing With Our Kids More: Sugar? Or Parents? (Interview with Jill Castle)
- Episode 44: It’s Okay If You Want to Lose Weight. And If You Don’t Too.
- Episode 27: Reclaiming Chicken Nuggets from the Kids’ Menu
- Episode 39: How to Turn Hummus Into Legit Family Dinners
- Episode 25: How to make nachos a legit family dinner
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Rank #18: Your Potty Training Questions, Answered: Voices 32
Is your toddler ready to begin potty training? What about a preschooler with frequent accidents or a fear of pooping in the toilet? And how long is it normal for kids to be dry during the day and still struggle with staying dry at night? We get so many questions about potty training that we
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Rank #19: Listener Questions (Vol.1): Episode 41
We get so many great questions from listeners, and sometimes it doesn't work to devote a whole episode to them. So we decided to take on four questions submitted by listeners: listen as we chat about room-sharing siblings, planning first birthday parties, feeling left out when you have your kids earlier or later than your friends do, and the evolution of playdates.
Rank #20: More Than Mom: The Lives We Didn’t Lead
Remember Sliding Doors? Today's episode asks the question: "Where would we be if...". Meagan and Sarah talk about the points in our lives where different decisions might have led us down dramatically different paths, and imagine what life would be like in these hypothetical alternate realities.