Overwhelmed by the Holiday Expectations

Do you know what a leprechaun looker is or that there is a Pi holiday?  We did not either.  We discuss the new hysteria over holidays and birthdays powered by Pintrest and how to let your kids know you love them while not going crazy.

Check out the article in the Huffington Post that sparked our conversation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-howerton/can-we-bring-the-holidays_b_2903040.html

Smart Phone Apps We Love

We discuss the smart phone apps we can’t live without and how they make our lives as moms easier.

Note: We love My Job Chart for its ease of use and now that there is an app, it is even better! Check it out! Now you and your kids have your job charts wherever you have your phone.

Preparing a Child for Surgery

When your child has to have surgery, how can you prepare them so it is less stressful for them and YOU! We talk about what to do before the day of surgery and what not to do as well as how to make the transition easier.

Additional Information:  Here is an article Shelly found about how one doctor helps children deal with pain during surgery.  It shows what doctors can do when they approach children with pain management techniques.  http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/09/doctor-says-it-wont-hurt

Makes me sad for the experiences that many of us had with doctors when we were children.  Our kids can have a much better experience than we did.

Making Summer Work

Summer is a transition out of regular routine.  Are you a planner or not?  How do you make summer a success for you and your kids?  We discuss how we face summer.  Some of us are planners and others are “free range.”  Learn the benefits of both styles and how to find your own style for success.

He is Here!

Shelly shares with us what it is like to have her new son around.

Our Mothers Knew It

We share insights our mothers gave us and strengths they passed on to us in honor of them this Mother’s Day!  Listen with your mom and then share with her what she taught you.

Having a Baby After 40

Dr. Kari Lawrence joins us to talk about what it is like to have a baby after 40 and what Shelly can expect her birth experience to be like.  She has very positive news for women who are considering having babies later in life.

Tricia is Back!

Original co-host Tricia is back to join us with her wit and wisdom.  She tells us her tale of following her husband’s dream and how it has affected their family.  Learn how and what she is doing now and what life lessons she has learned.

Handing Comments about Your Child with Special Needs

Claire Lerner discusses how to help your child deal with uncomfortable comments.  Even though we focus on children with Special Needs, these skills work for all kids and can help your child be prepared for those times when people are less than kind.  Listen and learn!

Running While Pregnant

Runner Julie Thomas discusses how things change when you are pregnant and if you can keep running.  She is the mom of 6 children and trained for marathons while pregnant.  Shelly, our Zumba instructor co-hosts asks all her questions about how to run when pregnant.

Baby Wearing

Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others.

Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps.

New Baby Changes Family with Older Kids

Claire Lerner chats with Shelly about how adding a 7th child will change her family and how she can help her older kids (ages 8-20) adjust and accept their new sibling.  Claire has a very positive view of what these interactions can teach Shelly’s kids and the lessons the whole family can learn.  Claire is the Director of Parenting Resources for Zero to Three.

Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led WeaningYou never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in the house–even when you have children spread in age from 20 years to 6 months.

Baby Signing: A Retrospective

Kathy Irving shares the end of her 2 year journey of signing with her hearing daughter.  Because she works with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what happened during this time. Their journey of signing is coming to an end with her daughter’s use of verbal language.  Kathy shares how the experience helped her daughter gain a master vocabulary more than 20 times larger than what normal 2 year-olds can speak.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

The Best Day Ever: Skiing in 2013

Today was the start of Sundance Ladies Day and I can’t say enough about what an amazing day it was!  The snow is SO much better than last year and skiing on snow instead of ice is really amazing.

But, I get ahead of myself.  I checked my kids out of school and we headed up the mountain.  Living 20 minutes from Sundance is really a blessing.  When we got there, we found that my neighbor had come up for her very first time on skis in her life!  We had not expected to see her there, but it was fabulous that she is starting–and can I tell you–she did way better than moi on my first day.  I did not get off the bunny hill and she made it to the first stop (and down safely)!

The excitement continued to build as we headed for Ski School.  My kids went to meet their teachers and I greeted my friends Cody and Linda Hale and saw a few familiar faces from last season.  But, I did not see Lindsay, our co-host, who was supposed to be at the class and learning to ski for the first time (she snowboards so I was hoping she would be in the same group as me).

We took the lift up to the first stop so the instructors could see our skiing levels and divide us into groups by abilities and desires.  Of course, I knew I would be in the beginning group (not the new skier group, but one step up).  I did not embarrass myself, but I could see that the other ladies were much better than me.  But that is OK because this is my second season!

I was so excited to find out that Linda Hale would be my instructor for Ladies Day.  We were joined by Rachel, a mom from Australia who had not skied in 10 years and wanted to get her technique better.  We started our class by discussing what our goals were for the season and where we feel we were at.   I wanted to get myself out of the wedge and into parallel skiing with more ease.

Linda is an Amazing instructor (as they all are) and she quickly knew what skill drills we needed to start with.  At first, it was a bit difficult, but soon all those skills I tried to learn last year came back to me and they were actually working on REAL snow.

I can’t say enough about the day.  It really was my best skiing day EVER so far.  I started out hoping that by the end of the 4 weeks, I would be parallel skiing to actually being able to parallel ski on the first day!  Working with other women is fabulous because we all support each other.  I could see what Rachel was doing that I had done previously and I could quickly give her a pointer that I had learned.  She could help me and was patient when I was having issues.  Of course working with Linda made it so easy too because she knows how to teach other women to ski.  Like she told me 6 years ago–she has never lost a student!

Closer to the end of the day, we found Lindsay and my friend skiing with their instructor.  Since Lindsay had snowboarded before, she was more comfortable with skiing and she joined us in our beginner class.  It was so much fun to ski with her.  Something about skiing together with other women makes skiing more fun and easier to learn–I am not sure why but it is better than a 1 on 1 lesson by far.

I was able to see my kids enjoying themselves and I even saw Alex skiing backwards!  He really rocked the mountain!  The kids had a fabulous day and loved everything.  Their instructors were both fabulous and I am excited to get them up on the mountain again!

LOVED LOVED LOVED everything about today’s Ladies Day!  It feels so good to conqueror the mountain! I promise to post a video next week.  I was so nervous that I forgot.  But I did get a picture!  Check our smiles out!

For more information on my experience this year and last, check out my Sundance Ladies Day  page.

Take a Mental Health Day

If you are feeling short tempered, having problems sleeping or are overreacting, you may need to take a Mental Health day (and your employer might even be willing to give you the day off to do it). Learn what a Mental Health Day is.

Taming Your Thought Monster

Katie McClain shares with us how to tame our thought monster and how to help our kids tame theirs to help them have a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook.  Learn how to conquer those negative thoughts you might be having and ban them from your mind.  Your thoughts are not YOU and you can change your thoughts to change your life.

Learn more about Thought Monsters at www.katiemcclain.com and share your thought monster picture to win on her Contest Page.

Check Out Nancy’s Thought Monster!

Easy Halloween Ideas

We discuss getting ready for Halloween and some ideas to make it simple and fun. Using your printer and some ingenuity, you can make your house a Halloween haven.  Scroll down to get the Podcast.

EASY TREATS

HALLOWEEN CANDY SWAP

DECORATING  IDEAS

  • Collect your candles and other things to decorate (add a few Dollar store spiders and rats)
  • Add spooky pictures to your family portraits

OTHER GREAT HALLOWEEN TIPS AND RECIPES

Pumpkin Chili

1 medium pumpkin,  4-5 pounds (or 2 cups canned)
1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 T oil
1 lb. ground beef
4 c diced tomatoes
2 c tomato sauce
2 c cooked kidney beans
1 c corn
1/2 c diced green chilis
1 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
salt and fresh black pepper

Cut lid in top of pumpkin; set aside. Remove seeds, replace lid. Bake at 375° for 20-40 minutes until pulp in soft. Scoop out pumpkin flesh, leaving at least 1/2 inch to hold pumpkin shape. Dice pumpkin and set aside. Reserve pumpkin shell.

In large pot, cook onion, garlic and bell pepper with ground beef. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, reserved pumpkin, beans, corn, chilis, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Serve from reserved pumpkin shell. Garnish with shredded cheese and/or sour cream. Serve over cooked rice. 6-8 servings.

Shelly’s Big Surpise

Shelly shares with us her big surprise.  You will want to listen and hear how Shelly’s life is changing forever.

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

We discuss the article 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by Tabitha Studer which made it into several newspapers so we decided to join in the conversation.  We love the list and think every mom of boys ought to read it and think about their role as mother to a boy (since they are a species we don’t always understand). C

Let’s Play Music

Stacey returns and shares her adventures with Let’s Play Music, an innovative music education program for children from 3-7 years old that prepares children to be amazing musicians (Nancy wishes she had found this program years ago).

Watch a Demo Video

Contact Stacey staceyplaysmusic@gmail.com

Proactive Learning for Proactive Parents

So much of parenting is reacting to a situation causing stress, uncertainty, and sometimes with undesirable results. Wouldn’t it be nice to be pro-active and know what to do before a problem arises? Dr. Andie Weiner explains how you can get ahead of the curve in your parenting by learning NOW skills to to help you with issues that invariably come up in parenting.  To accommodate parents who want to be proactive, Dr. Andie is offering interactive live workshops for parents.

Dr. Andie invites you to attend her Pro-Active Parenting Workshops as she addresses three hot parental topics. In the privacy and ease of being in your own home, join a small, intimate group of parents that like you are looking to become a better parent.

The workshop opens with a 15-minute overview with Dr. Andie offering three to five easy to implement tools to help parents. Each parent will then have an opportunity to ask one question related to her presentation or a family concern on that subject.

Dr. Andie deals with each of the topics with sensitivity, hands-on experience as a therapist, parent coach, and mom, as well as humor – a must for ALL parents!

Hot Topics for Workshop

Under The Influence:
We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry.

I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
One of the first and most valuable relationships a child needs to develop is one with themself.  Help your children love and accept themselves from body image to dealing with their imperfections as well as their strengths. This is the best gift any parent can give their child!

Devil on My Shoulder:
Of the 60,000 thoughts we create every day, 80% are negative and untrue. These kinds of thoughts can lead to stress, self-doubt, and undesirable behavior. Learn how to understand these untrue thoughts and help your children “weed them out” to build confidence, make better choices, and increase self-esteem.

The Specifics

Conference call-in for 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • September 18   Under The Influence
  • October 16      I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
  • November 13   Devil On My Shoulder

Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or
9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)

Cost:

1 workshop    $30.00
2 workshops   $50.00 (save $10.00)
3 workshops   $75.00 (save $15.00)

To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

Click Here to sign up for Proactive Parenting Workshops with Dr Andie

Helicopter Parenting

Dr. Andie discusses what helicopter parenting is and how it differs from just being a caring parent.  She shows how helicopter parenting is more about the parents’ needs than the child’s and what we can do to avoid being a helicopter parent.

Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!

For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!

Introducing Kids to Other Cultures

We discuss ways to introduce your child to other cultures.  It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to involve lengthy travel.  It might surprise you the resources you have in your own community or on the internet to introduce your child to the greater world around her.  Festivals, ceremonies, religious centers as well as neighbors and friends can be a great way to learn more about other cultures and traditions and help raise a wel-rounded individual who thinks about more than baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet (even though there is nothing wrong with those things too)!

Gardening with Kids

Shelly gets down and dirty about how to garden with kids.  She discusses what to plant, when to plant, how much to plant and what NOT to do (and it is exactly what Nancy would do).

American Parenting Style

We’ve talked about Tiger Mothers and French Bebe’s and the joys of motherhood in Norway.  In this show, Dr. Andie discusses what is the American Parenting Style and why it works for us in the US.

Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You. This book is one of our favorite books on parenting!

For more information on Dr. Andie, personal coaching or other tips, check out her website!

Learning to Ski or Do Anything New

Nancy chose this as the winter to challenge herself and learn to ski.  She and Shelly discuss taking on a new challenge in life and learning how to do something new and exciting.  They discuss the specifics of being successful at skiing but also the general principles of learning anything new or succeeding in life.

Nancy learned to ski at the Sundance Resort Ladies Day.

Here is a video of Nancy skiing–not bad for a true beginner who has only had four lessons.

Shelly suggested the following book:

Part 2: Signing Explosion-How Easy is It?

Kathy Irving and  Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3) continue their discussion and explain what it takes to sign with your child and the benefits that come from it.  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 2 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

Part 1: Signing Explosion-How it Starts

Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener updates experience of signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to explain what is going on with her daughter and other kids who are lucky enough to sign with their parents. This is Part 1 of a 2 Part discussion requested by listeners.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com and from iTunes for the iPad.

Signing with Babies and Hearing

Kathy Irving, an audiologist, mother, and listener discusses her findings signing with her daughter with Nancy (author of Baby Signing 1, 2, 3).  With her background working with hearing impaired children, Kathy is uniquely qualified to answer the question that so many parents ask: “Will signing with my baby cause speech delay or hearing issues?”  Kathy shares her knowledge and also her experience.  Nancy also adds her understanding of the difference between communication/language and the form of communication.

Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is available in bookstores, on Amazon or from SignBabies.com.  You can even purchase a Kindle version from Amazon.com.