Wisdom from Parenting Survivors: Regrets and Tips from 400 empty-nesters – Guest Dr. David Schramm. Episode 73.

Is parenting without regrets possible? Since perfection is impossible, so is perfect parenting. How does that Frank Sinatra song go?   “Regrets, I’ve had a few,  but then again, too few to mention” For parents, sometimes the fear of potential regret is more exhausting than the actual regret itself. Personally, I dread getting the parenting […]

4 Steps to Making Life Changes That Actually Stick – Guest Kristin Brown of “The Progress Project” podcast. Episode 70

If you are human it’s pretty much guaranteed that you have a list of life changes that you would like to make.  Unfortunately, It is also guaranteed (due to your human-ness) that you have probably tried to make MANY changes already and a multitude of those efforts have fallen by the wayside.  Any exhausted parent […]

Protect your Marriage NOW: 7 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage – Guest Georgia Anderson of “Know How Mom”. Episode 68.

Happy Valentines week Mom Squad!  This week we celebrate love and strengthening marriage!   We endorse marriage heartily.  Probably because it’s so simple, uncomplicated, and straightforward! NOT! In truth, there isn’t much about marriage that is simple and uncomplicated. However, working on strengthening marriage IS worth the effort!  Whether you are newly wedded, plugging through the […]

Finding Rest in a World Full of Clamor: A woman’s guide – Guest Shaunti Feldhahn. Episode 67.

If you are anything like me you are exhausted.  Parents finding rest is an impossible dream. I honestly don’t remember the last time I really had enough rest.   I’m thinking middle school, maybe earlier. I have memories of getting sick and staying home from school and binge-watching something like “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”  I […]

Why is My Kid Such a Stress Case? Ideas for children with anxiety and other BIG EMOTIONS – Guest Tanya Lindquist. Episode 65.

Producing children with BIG EMOTIONS is my superpower…apparently.  I suppose it’s not really shocking, since I was a MAJOR anxiety-riddled stress case as a child.  My childhood anxiety manifested itself as fear and anger…rarely crying. I have vivid memories of sneaking into my parents bedroom after they had fallen asleep and sleeping on their floor […]

What Extraordinary Moms Do — You’re probably doing it, too! Guest Jessica Dahlquist of the “Extraordinary Moms” Podcast. Episode 64.

If you were asked to describe an extraordinary mom, what words would you use?  Patient, devoted, intentional, energetic, creative, authentic, fun…the list could go on and on. I’d bet that the list wouldn’t include words and phrases like: flustered, hanging on to sanity by her fingernails, trying and sometimes succeeding, pretty average and utterly exhausted. […]