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Author: Lori Beth Auldridge

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A weekly podcast covering topics related to modern motherhood including pregnancy, birth, parenting, health, self-care, community, perspective, & more! Recorded on the island of Maui with your host Lori Beth Auldridge, M.A., M.F.A.
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* Trigger Warning * There is mention of loss and death in this episode—loss of a child, loss of a friend, and loss of parents. Grief has been a roommate for Emily Humphries for a while now…and she’s graciously offered to share her story with us as a means of supporting other mamas who are also experiencing seasons of grief in their life. We can learn so much through simply listening to someone else’s story and hearing examples of all the how, when, why, who, what moments that come along with grief. Emily shares her story of how she shows up for herself and her family, especially her children after the loss of friends and family. Emily’s Bio: Emily is the host of The Simply Stories Podcast—and I love that she brings the power of story from her who over to Elevating Motherhood. Emily is a woman who loves Jesus, her family, words, and coffee (all though things don't honestly always run in that order.) Emily loves sharing about the activity of God in her life and creating space for others to gather 'round the table and share their stories too. We talk about: · Her experiences with tragedy & loss · Talking with kids about grief · Comfort (offering & receiving) · The role faith plays in her journey · The power of listening to our children process grief · The importance of being clear with children when talking about death · Paying attention to signs · When our kids bring up death · Dealing with the hard questions · Kids at funerals/celebrations of life · How to involve children in the process · Making space for our children within our process · The ministry of presence · That there’s strength in our honesty and vulnerability · The power of pausing and apologizing to our kids as needed · Time blocking · Dealing with our emotions at appropriate times · Tension holds things together (think rubber band) · Making time for our needs as the mom · Cultural messages about death · Ideas for how to get through in tough moments · Leaning into community · #allthethings Listen to my conversation with Emily on The Simply Stories Podcast here: https://simplystories.libsyn.com/episode-32-lori-beth-auldridge-elevating-motherhood Please Visit Our Sponsors: MUTU: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Branch Basics: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/branchbasics  Emily’s Links: You can hang out with Emily over on her blog, her podcast Simply Stories via https://simplyshenanigans.com or on Instagram: @simplyemhumph  and @simplystoriespodcast Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com
Eating isn’t supposed to be complicated…but it is. Most mamas I know have gone through seasons of not liking their bodies, eating disorders, deprivation, and just general complexity when it comes to meals and the foods we eat (or don’t eat). But we have the opportunity to change that and model something different for our kids—something healthy and balanced. We are given the chance to learn and grow as women, moms, individuals and reframe our relationship with our bodies and with food. After talking with today’s guest, I feel like Intuitive Eating is a great place to start that healing journey. Kristin (Kris) Dovbniak is a holistic health coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, podcaster, writer, speaker, recipe creator, trained chef, and mama of two. Her passion is to help women uncomplicate eating and stress less about food to bring joy back into eating again. She works with women worldwide to help them simplify nutrition and tune into their intuition to heal their relationship with food and their bodies and live happy, healthy, whole lives. She is the host of the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast, creator of several online courses including Healthy Mama Meal Prep and Uncomplicated Eating. She lives on an island off the coast of New England with her sailor husband and her two sweet and spunky sous chefs, Sage and Wren, where you can usually find her in the kitchen. In today’s episode, Kris & I talk about: * Kris’s humbling (and relatable!) story about how she got into nutrition work * What a holistic health coach is and does * Who sees eating counselors & health coaches * Identifying the daily eating struggles we face as women * What most people do (& don’t!) understand about intuitive eating * Nutrition info mamas need to know * What intuitive eating is (& isn’t) * Thoughts on rule-based nutrition * Parenting through big changes in lifestyle and food choices Please visit today's sponsors:  Blossom & Root: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Primally Pure: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure Links for Kris: Website: www.healthymamakris.com Online Courses: https://healthymamalife.teachable.com Kris has generously offered Elevating Motherhood listener’s a discount on her online courses! Use the code LORIBETH20 for 20% off enrollment into any of her beautiful and informative online courses—Uncomplicated Eating and Healthy Mama Meal Prep! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com
“The mess and the chaos is always going to be there and the trick isn’t to wait for that moment when that’s not there so that you can finally be satisfied, but to be satisfied even when you hear the cat throw up in the other room, you still smile and you still say ‘yes, this is where I’m meant to be.’ I really think that’s the root of purpose and satisfaction.” Jennifer Fulwiler is with us today to discuss her new book Your Blue Flame: Drop the Guilt and Do What Makes You Come Alive. Jen is incredible. Her book is incredible. Our conversation lit me up…we talked all things blue flame, what it’s like to be a stand-up comedian, our quests for satisfaction & purpose as moms & women, how we “do it all,” shame, humility, how our strengths and weaknesses are one and the same, and the part that interested me most, Jen’s ideas about the ideal “tempo of life.” Tune in to hear more and be inspired by the vibrant Jen Fulwiler! Jen’s Bio: Jennifer Fulwiler is a standup comic, and former host of a daily talk show on SiriusXM, and mom of six kids. She’s here to talk about her new book Your Blue Flame(which I devoured in two days)…she is also the author of the bestselling memoirs Something Other than God (which I want to read next) and One Beautiful Dream. After being told that there wasn’t an audience for standup comedy done by a minivan-driving woman from the suburbs, she self-produced her own tour, which is selling out venues across the country. Connect with Jen here: www.jenniferfulwiler.com Listen to Jen’s New Podcast here: https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/jenniferfulwiler Please Visit Our Sponsor: Beautiful & Simple. Today’s episode is sponsored by Beautiful & Simple. An online boutique I’ve created and  filled with products that remind us to slow down, practice self-care, & focus on the meaningful parts of our day: the beautiful & simple moments  My favorite mug is the one that says “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” It’s my daily reminder to take care of myself so I can take care of my family. Go check out the collection of mugs, shirts & bags currently available at www.beautifulandsimple.com Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com
No more guessing. We’re going to be proactive gather information to help our bodies and ourselves. We are worth it. I’m worth it. You’re worth it. Physical Therapist Angie Peters is BACK! And we’re talking all things leakage after babies. Because…no more guessing. We’re going to learn more so we can strengthen our bodies and regain our sense of dignity around things that effect many moms like a leaking pelvis. Angie’s Bio: Angie is a physical therapist on the island of Maui who specializes in pelvic floor rehab. I used her services during & after two of my three pregnancies. She offered me loving support, guidance, & care during those sensitive times to help me figure out what was going on with my body and what I could do about it. Seeing her as a recovering mom opened my eyes to a whole world of resources that is available to postpartum moms! Angie graduated with a masters degree from the University of Utah School of Physical Therapy in 2002. She has over 17 years of experience and continuing education in the outpatient orthopedic setting and has extensive post graduate work in the field of Women’s Health & Pelvic Rehabilitation through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Angie shows great enthusiasm in education and improvement of pain-free function through a variety of clinic skills. She shares her free time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys golfing, pickleball, and the great outdoors. Angie serves our Maui community with a gentle and generous heart & I’m thrilled she is here to serve my listener community here at Elevating Motherhood as we dive deeper into the topic of leaky pelvis. In This Episode, We Talk About: Bladder leakage Fecal leakage and smearing (yes, we go there) Surprising contributors to leakage problems What your poop is telling you Constipation How our diet contributes to or solves leakage problems Proper toileting mechanics What’s normal… what’s not When to seek help from a physical therapist Basic pelvic floor anatomy that all mamas should know What’s going on in our bodies when they aren’t functioning quite right How we can avoid wearing pads to protect against leaks Ideas for strengthening the pelvic floor The coconut wireless & Kegel exercises Exercising & leakage The role of core strength on pelvic strength AND MORE! Connect with Angie here: www.mauipelvicrehab.com Please Visit Our Sponsors: Primally Pure is one of my favorite companies! If you're looking for a new clean, safe, non-toxic deodorant that actually works, check out Primally Pure! Visit www.elevatingmotherhood.com/primallypure  MUTU System is a medically recommended, online exercise program that is designed to support mothers postpartum. A it's not just for moms with new babies. I started using it 2.5 years after my 3rd baby to help with my hip pain and unresolved diastasis recti. Find out more at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com
Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, right!? It’s true…but Jeffrey and Amy Olrick’s book The 6 Needs of Every Child is at the top of my list—it is the BEST parenting book on the market! I’m not kidding. Even with three kids and three degrees + years of babysitting and nannying for other people’s kids, I still learned so, so, so much from reading their book. It was also the perfect middle ground for my husband and I to talk about parenting as individuals and together as a couple. It gave us the words to describe development and challenges. Jeffrey and Amy are so charming: they’re a husband and wife duo who co-authored this incredible resource for parents. They offer us a mash up of neuroscience we can understand, their years of parenting experience, stories, humor, and decades of Jeff’s psychological research. They are here to give parents so much peace by helping readers (& listeners) transform our understanding of parenting—they offer us a much needed reframe: to see parenting not so much as a “job” but as a relationship. They help us move out of those tough parenting moments with a little more grace by encouraging us to move beyond the hang up of “what do I do?” and into the mindset of “how shall I be with this person?” Their perspective is refreshing, honest, and practical. It’s just the compassionate, easy to understand parenting book we need these modern times. Bios: Jeffrey Olrick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who 
has worked with children and families for over twenty years. Amy Olrick is an author and human rights advocate whose work and writing have been featured in the Guardian and USA Today. Together, the Olricks run www.GrowingConnected.com, offering scientifically grounded and faith-informed resources for parents. They provide a much needed consilience for parents that we can all understand. For more information about Jeffrey & Amy’s work, please visit their website: https://growingconnected.com Or connect with them on social media: Instagram: @growingconnected FB: @growingconnected And because I know some of you are here for the list of The 6 Needs of Every Child: 1. Delight 2. Support 3. Boundaries 4. Protection 5. Comfort 6. Equipping Definitely check out the book for all the Olrick’s amazing details about what each of these needs mean and how we can gracefully meet them as parents! Check Out Our Sponsors: Blossom & Root: Blossom & Root’s Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 are valuable tools for parents with young children—whether you choose to pursue homeschool long term or not. The information and ideas are easy to follow, fun, and engaging. School age curricula are also available with more grade levels being released each year. It’s the curriculum my family uses and loves. They’ve generously offered a discount for listeners of Elevating Motherhood: use the code LORIBETH10 at checkout for 10% off your order. For more information about Blossom & Root, head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Branch Basics: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/branchbasics  Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood Blog: www.yayamamas.com 
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now if you’ve been listening to Elevating Motherhood for a while or follow me on Instagram that most of the personal use product brands I talk about fall into the “clean” category. They’re non-toxic, mostly plant based, or sustainable. Some are organic. Some companies are b-corps. But mostly, the companies and products that I talk about and use fall into the “clean” category. Am I just being bougie with my choices? Or just trying to be trendy? Or use products that are “on brand?” No. (Those are common assumptions, by the way. I suppose I could be offended by those assumptions, but why? I honestly think people plug in those kinds of reasons because they don’t understand this new movement and our “whys” behind it. And I can’t help but notice that the current times are motivating people to reevaluate their priorities on a lot of levels—they’re prioritizing what health, wellness, and simplicity mean to them. Which is why I wanted to do this quick show to take the mystery out of reducing toxic burden and offer ideas about how to get started if making a shift speaks to you. This journey for me looks like taking my health, my family’s health, and the planet’s health seriously. I definitely didn’t start doing it because it was convenient or “the norm.” I don’t want you to feel like this is one of those “what you should be doing” episode. It’s meant to be informative—a resource for those who are curious about reducing toxic burden or exploring cleaner, healthier products because what you use on your body and put in your body matters. I’m going to keep it really simple by sharing my own examples and stories as well as products that I’ve settled on after a lot of years of searching and trial and error and been really happy with. I’m also doing this episode because I get a lot of questions from moms about toxic burden. They want to know what it is, if it has anything to do with food or is it only relevant to things like cleaning products? Is it environmental? What classifies something as a “toxin?” Or another big one is why should we even try to reduce toxins in our lives when we don’t have control over most of the environments we’re in anyway? These are all great questions! For me, reducing my family’s toxic burden isn’t a waste of time and while it’s true that I don’t have control over what we’re exposed to in most environments, I DO have control over what we use in our own home, what we put on our skin, and in our bodies. And that’s a big enough reason for me to make changes—even just lots of small changes—for myself and my family. I don’t have all the answers, just ones I’ve answered for myself—and my opinion and experience is just that: mine. But I also know that hearing other mamas’ stories is really powerful and often just the catalyst we need to start our own personal journey. I’m also doing this episode to raise awareness. We’re not taught or encouraged to look at labels or read ingredient lists. Companies want us to focus on the shiny advertising. But I have found so much peace in reading ingredients and knowing more about the products and brands I use, their sources, their standards, etc. It’s empowering to be able to analyze them for myself to determine what is safe by my own educated standards. In this episode I talk about:  What Toxic Burden Is Why I Care About Toxic Burden Products I've Settled On Over the Years Cleaning Products Skin Care Makeup Air Quality  Water Quality, Contradictory Information, Sources, Getting to Know Yourself & More Please visit www.elevatingmotherhood.com for the full transcript, links, & details.
“Every woman deserves the dignity of a body that works and that makes her feel good.” Have you ever felt like your postpartum body was letting you down? Like it isn’t or wasn’t performing like it was supposed to? Mom guilt? Shame? You. Are. Not. Alone. And if there is one woman who understands those feelings of disconnection and what we can do about it, it’s today’s guest: Wendy Powell. Not only does she understand these common feelings and thoughts, but is committed to creating solutions for mamas who need more understanding and connection on their journeys. Wendy’s Bio: Wendy is a leader, speaker, maternal health pioneer, feminist, and founder & CEO of the leading global digital health tech platform MUTU System. Wendy is the woman behind the world’s best-selling, medically recommended, online program for mothers, trusted by over 65,000 women worldwide. Loved and recommended by Hollywood celebrity trainers and their clients, specialist women’s health experts, surgeons and even Royalty, Wendy is shifting the conversation on women’s bodies towards equality and empowerment for health, confidence and power. Wendy is on the Women’s Development Board of empowerment charity MicroLoan and works with medical professionals around the world to improve education, dignity and empowerment for mothers. Wendy has been featured on: Fox Health News | CNN | Huffington Post | Parent.com | BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour | The Telegraph | Daily Mail | Mail Online | Mother & Baby | Daily Express | Red magazine | Made for Mums | UK Health Radio and now Elevating Motherhood. I’m humbled and honored to bring Wendy, her message, her story, her program, and her light into your life today. Mamas, get ready. Wendy is here to support us in so many areas—today’s episode is about business, peeing our pants, personal growth, professional growth, life-long learning, health, wellness, fitness, connection, creating value, dignity, and so much more. You are in for a treat.  For more information about Wendy and her incredible work, visit http://www.elevatingmotherhood.com/show-notes/episode-041/  Sponsors: Blossom & Root: Thanks to Blossom & Root for supporting today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood. This nature-based, Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool curriculum company has been supporting families for years. Their brilliant curriculum starts at the preschool level and offers options all the way into the elementary grades with more grade levels being released each year. It’s the curriculum my family uses and loves. If you are considering homeschooling your children in the fall or continuing your current home education journey but with more support. Now is the time to gather information about homeschool and start to find answers to all of your homeschool questions so that you can move forward with your family’s education decision with confidence. Checking out Blossom & Root’s age appropriate, supportive curriculums is a great place to start. They also offer a discount code for Elevating Motherhood listeners. Use the code LORIBETH10 at checkout for 10% off your order. Head over www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschoolfor more information. MUTU System: Wendy Powell is the creator and CEO of MUTU System. I’m a MUTU Mama myself and share more about my experience with it over at www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Elevating Motherhood Links:  Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood
How Ayurvedic Principles Can Elevate Your Daily Life. What is Ayurveda? Ever heard of it? Studied it? Tried it? Do you currently use principles from Ayurveda in your daily life? Or is this a brand-new topic for you? Today’s episode is Ayurveda in a nutshell. Ayurveda 101. Or even an Ayurveda refresh, if it’s something you’ve studied in the past. Jessica Quinn is here with us today to generously share her knowledge and expertise. She is an Ayurvedic Nutritionist who was raised in San Diego and has been living on Maui for 16 years. She splits her time between Maui and San Diego. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkley, and Teaching Credentials from National University. Jessica is also certified as a nutrition coach (Huntington College), yoga instructor (Maya Yoga), and Ayurvedic Health Counselor (CA College of Ayurveda). She studied under Dr. William Malik Cotter, Tracee Stanley, Nicki Doane, and Eddie Modestini. Jessica offers Ayurvedic nutrition consultations, seasonal group Ayurvedic cleanses, Ayurvedic treatments, catering and private chef services, and hosts classes and retreats. Her favorite food is kitchari (which we’ll learn more about in this show). Learn more about her offerings at: https://www.jessicaquinnayurveda.com Jessica is so thorough, going over: · What Ayurveda is · Where Ayurveda comes from · Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha · The 3 Bodies: Karmic, Subtle, and Physical · Agni: Why it’s important to have a strong digestive fire · The 6 Tastes: Sweet, Salty, Sour, Pungent, Bitter, & Astringent · Ayurvedic Modalities · The importance of healthy daily routines and rituals · Tips for moms to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into their lives · Some history of Ayurveda + it’s modern influence…and so much more! If all of these words and concepts sound foreign to you, don’t worry! They won’t by the end of the episode! Jessica’s goal is to inspire others to feel empowered in such a way that they may learn how to take care of their body and mind with an essence of truth, vitality, and ease. I think every mama could use a big dose of that these days! I was so inspired by our conversation that I decided to start my own journey with Ayurvedic nutrition and daily practices. I’ll be sharing more about it on Instagram (@loribethauldridge) and diving a bit deeper into this journey through my emails (sign up for my email list if you haven’t already! I share behind the scenes updates, discount codes, personal take-aways from each show, resources, and much more!) There's more in the show notes at www.elevatingmotherhood.com! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: @loribethauldridge Facebook: Elevating Motherhood  Please visit today's sponsors: Branch Basics & Ojai Energetics 
“Release means reclaiming our minds, our lives, and our futures from the negative messages that held us back. Release allows us to name what was stolen and who we were before it was stolen and to start doing the work that has to be done to get it back.” – Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good, page 144 of Groomed Overcoming messages that shaped our past and limit our future—that’s what Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good’s new book Groomed is all about. And she’s not just talking about survivors of sex trafficking that she works with on a daily basis, but all of us. Even our children. She’s here to talk with us today about her book, her own life lessons, and how we can move closer to who we truly are by moving beyond messages that limit us. Elizabeth is a powerhouse of a woman and I’m so honored to share her with you. In 2011, Elizabeth cofounded what is today the leading provider to domestic survivors of sex trafficking, Selah Freedom. This organization provides Prevention curriculum for over 10,000 K-12th grade children, life-saving safe housing and resources to survivors, and education on this issue to millions annually. It also trains and partners with law enforcement, the FBI and United States Attorney’s Office to bring freedom to survivors and has been deemed a model organization serving this population. With her direction, she has led the organization in a financial growth of over 200% annually. She has also launched The Selah Way Foundation, a global network of leading service providers with three initiatives: Prevention, Protection and Provision. The goal of these initiatives is to get ahead of this issue in hopes of eradicating it and become a model and training arm for the international community. Elizabeth is a passionate pioneer and inspirational thought leader in the movement to eradicate sex trafficking and expose the root of the issue, childhood sexual abuse. She has spearheaded an awakening and brought partners and resources together with proven solutions to save lives. She is also the author of Groomed (Harper Collins, 2020). Using her own story of abuse, family tragedy, and rebellion, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher guides readers toward an understanding that grooming is oftentimes subtle, but it's always life-altering. She offers readers a way to overcome their past, starting with all-important but rarely explored idea of a selah, or a time of rest and reflection, and exploring active ways to forgive and move forward to a new level of freedom. Elizabeth has been highlighted and described as, “Part healer, part businesswoman, all resolve—if Selah Freedom is bringing light into the darkness, as the slogan says, then she is the one behind the megawatt.” She is the recipient of the prestigious New York City Global Business Leader Award and Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year Award. Elizabeth has her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and her Master's in Clinical Psychology. In this episode we talk about how we are groomed: · For Appearance: “You exist only to make me look good.” · To Be Invisible: “Your existence doesn’t matter to me.” · To Endure: “You’re stronger than everyone else. You can handle it all.” · For Judgement: “You are unforgivable.” · For Financial Fear: “There’s not enough for you.” · To rely on our phones for everything. We also dive into the power of discernment and how the beliefs we were groomed to take on can suffocate our true identity.  This is a VERY powerful episode. I hope you’ll tune in, listen, and grow along side us. For more information about Elizabeth and her organizations, offerings, resources, and how you can help, please visit www.freewithe.com More over at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com  Today's Sponsors: Primally Pure and Beautiful & Simple
Soothed, settled, safe, and connected. When Lisa mentioned wanting to talk about nourishment, my first thought was “Nourishment? What’s that? I seem to have forgotten…” How about you? Same? Are you feeling any kind of nourished right now, mama? Good news: you’re about to! Lisa McCrohan is back to speak peace into our tender mama hearts right now—and I’m so grateful! She highlights how we can approach our life using our mind, body, and compassion. By the end of this conversation you’ll have a deeper understanding of not only how your nervous system works but ways we can soften, reconnect, and feel nourished. I’m personally dealing with big waves of emotion, fatigue that plagues me off and on, and snowballing thoughts that keep me exhausted some days. It’s not every day, just some. But it’s enough that I want to find ways to move through those days. In this episode, Lisa talks with us about: · Connection…with ourselves, with other people, with nature. · These times are messing with our nervous system. · The power of naming your emotions, softening the body, & applying compassion · A simple explanation about what’s happening to our nervous systems right now · Mind + body + compassion · She even shares three powerful poems with us: Self Love; Hope; & Be Lisa McCrohan, Is a Somatic Experiencing Psychotherapist, Integrative Coach, and author of Gems of Delight: seasonal inspirations for moms to heal the hurry and what is sacred. With an expertise in mind-body-spirit healing, Lisa works with men and women all over the world in their personal and professional development. She lives with her husband, two young children, and dog, Sherlock, in Middletown, MD, with the mountains outside her backdoor. You can find inspiration here: www.lisamccrohan.com. Today's Sponsors: Homeschool Explained: Homeschool Explained is an online course I created to help parents begin their homeschool journey with confidence. I was getting a lot of questions from parents about my family’s homeschool journey…they wanted to know more but weren’t sure where to get started or if it was a good fit for their family. So I started teaching in-person workshops here on Maui to help parents sort that out. But then requests starting come in from other islands and other places asking if I could put it online from them, too…so I did! I totally get it, starting any new journey can be overwhelming…especially when you feel this call on your heart to homeschool but aren’t sure where to begin. That’s why I’ve put over 10 years of homeschool experience and insights into this easy to follow, easy to use online  course that answers common questions, helps you work through worries, and saves you time.  Find out more at www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool MUTU System: MUTU is a body positive, medically recommended online exercise program for all moms. This 12 week program walks you through daily exercises you can do in the comfort of your home. It includes easy to follow modules, healthy eating tips, encouragement, support, and more. Find out more at www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: @loribethauldridge Facebook: Elevating Motherhood (www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood)
Nicole Zasowski is here with us today! She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of the incredible book From Lost to Found: Giving Up What You Think You Want For What Will Set You Free.  She speaks to us on such a heart centered level. She’s kind, compassionate, open, and really models transformation for us—sharing her path to her true self and what that looked like for her. She opens up about her pain and triumphs in her book and in this interview. Today you’ll learn a bit about her book and her powerful personal journey into motherhood…she even shares ideas with us about how to be genuinely supportive when a friend is experiencing loss through miscarriage. Something that I wish we talked more openly about in general as a society…I’m just so grateful she’s here with us to get those conversations started in a really loving way. Nicole is an old soul who wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, she enjoys writing and speaking on topics that merge her professional knowledge and personal experience. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young boys. Thanks for being here for this conversation. I hope it leaves you feeling as supported and resourced as I did by the end of it. Nicole Zasowski is awesome.  Nicole Zasowski's Links:  Website: www.nicolezasowski.com  Book: From Lost to Found: Thoughts on Miscarriage, Faith, Joy, & Finding Our True Self Instagram: @nicolezasowski  Twitter: @nicolezasowski  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolezasowskiwriter/   Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: @loribethauldridge Facebook: Elevating Motherhood  Visit Today's Sponsors:  Blossom & Root: Today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood is sponsored by Blossom & Root a nature-based, Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool curriculum company that has been gently guiding and supporting families for years! This thoughtful, age appropriate curriculum begins at the preschool level—and acts as a much-needed resource for this age group. Blossom & Root’s preschool curriculum (Early Years Volumes 1 & 2) are valuable tools for parents with young children—whether you choose to pursue homeschool long term or not. The information and ideas are easy to follow, fun, and engaging. School age curricula are also available with more grade levels being released each year. It’s the curriculum my family uses and loves. Blossom & Root has generously offered a discount for listeners of Elevating Motherhood: use the code LORIBETH10 at checkout for 10% off your order. For more information about Blossom & Root, head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool  Ojai Energetics: Another great supporter of the show is Ojai Energetics. They are the creators of my favorite line of organic, water soluable CBD products. If you’re new to CBD or aren’t sure what it is or what it does, or why I’m talking about it on a show for moms, tune in to Episode 015 where Ojai Energetics CEO Will Kleidon answers all of those questions and so much more. He takes the mystery out of this often misunderstood product in a way that’s easy to understand. For more information about Ojai Energetics, their mission & products, plus a special offer for listeners, go to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/cbd
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you’re “not enough?” Where does that feeling come from? How can we work through those negative thoughts? Who or what can support us on our very personal and individual journeys toward believing we are “enough?”  What’s holding us back? So many questions. Where and who do we get our inspiration from? Should women only listen to women? Mothers only listen to mothers? As women, can we get inspiration from a man? I think the answer is YES! And that’s exactly why David Trotter is here with me today to talk about how we can show up, find our own answers, believe in our “enough-ness,” and be empowered to rise. Who is David Trotter? David Trotter is a Transformation Coach and Host of Inspiration Rising, a podcast dedicated to inspiring women (and the men who support them) to rise up in life, love, and leadership. Through his Launch Your Life coaching program, he helps women (and men) overcome difficult life transitions (divorce, empty nest, job dissatisfaction) and develop a workable plan to make lasting changes. He is also the author of "Empowered to Rise: The Secret to Embracing Your True Identity, Uncovering Your Super Powers, and Bringing Your Inspiration to the World." For over 25 years, he’s helped people get unstuck, clarify their goals, and take their lives to the next level through his leadership, speaking, writing, and filmmaking. David and his wife, Laura, have been married for over 25 years and live in California. Today I asked David to share a bit about his new book – specifically more about the chapter called “I Am Enough.” Gosh, as moms, do you find yourself struggling with that concept? I know I do from time to time. But I also know that I can shift that feeling of “not enough-ness” and gain more confidence with time, intention, and practice. Head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com for more information & links.  Please visit our episode supporters: Primally Pure and Beautiful & Simple Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com David Trotter’s Links: Websites: www.insporising.com Book: www.insporising.com/bundle Podcast: Inspiration Rising https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inspiration-rising/id1448649388 Films: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5084689/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/insporising & www.facebook.com/groups/insporising Instagram: www.instagram.com/insporising Twitter: www.twitter.com/insporising Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/jdavidtrotter
Omg. How fluffy does reading poetry sound? Seriously. It seems so frivolous in our modern world. When I think of poetry I don’t picture a mom with a beautiful messy bun on the top of her tired head, sipping cold coffee in yesterday’s yoga pants while tiny children scream at her feet, doing everything they can to draw her attention away from the page she is so obviously not engrossed in. Instead, when I think of poetry, I imagine something out of an old movie…sleek beatniks lying around an apartment in Paris, smoking, reading poetry aloud to one other on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Or Shakespeare, alone in his home, writing powerful works. Or college students wasting their money studying poetry. Or any other cliché or opinion about poetry that marks it as “not for us.” Poetry is none of that. It’s none of those stereotypes. It is words strung together in such a way that it expands our hearts and minds. Poems leave room for us and our imagination—we get to put a piece of ourselves into them with our interpretation of the stories they tell or the scenes they paint or the points they make. So how could reading poetry be perfect for modern moms? For the 9 reasons I’m going to share with you about how it helps me. 1. Reading Requires Intentional Stopping 2. It's Self Care 3. Poems are Typically Short 4. Poems are Calming 5. It's Artistic 6. It Feeds My Spirit 7. It Deepens My Connection to Nature 8.  It Brings Me Into the Moment 9. It's a Positive Hobby to Model for my Kids Listen to the full episode for all the details in between!  Visit Today’s Sponsors: Blossom & Root. Today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood is sponsored by Blossom & Root a nature-based, Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool curriculum company that has been gently guiding and supporting families for years! This thoughtful, age appropriate curriculum begins at the preschool level—and acts as a much-needed resource for this age group. Blossom & Root’s Early Years Volumes 1 & 2 are valuable tools for parents with young children—whether you choose to pursue homeschool long term or not. The information and ideas are easy to follow, fun, and engaging. School age curricula are also available with more grade levels being released each year. It’s the curriculum my family uses and loves. They’ve generously offered a discount for listeners of Elevating Motherhood: use the code LORIBETH10 at checkout for 10% off your order. For more information about Blossom & Root, head over to www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool Beautiful & Simple. Today’s episode is sponsored by Beautiful & Simple. An online boutique filled with products that remind us to slow down, practice self-care, & focus on the meaningful parts of our day: the beautiful & simple moments. My favorite mug is the one that says “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” It’s my daily reminder to take care of myself so I can take care of my family. Go check out the collection of mugs, shirts & bags currently available at www.beautifulandsimple.com Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com 
I'm so honored to share the incredible Laura McKowen with you today! This conversation is AWESOME and just the start I was hoping for to a very…interesting & challenging topic. How are we supposed to talk about alcohol as moms? Some of us drink. Some of us don’t. And there’s this weird divide between the two and unhelpful cultural influences that leave us fumbling for how to talk to one another about drinking and sobriety. Which is so weird as moms and friends and sisters to suddenly NOT know how to talk to one another about this “everyday ordinary” topic. It almost feels like it’s talked about for us in memes and wine apparel. I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to bring up of the conversation of alcohol for a while and having Laura on to breech the subject feels right. She’s so kind and understanding and her journey brings with it important insight that we can all benefit from big time whether you drink or not. It’s such a polarized topic when it doesn’t need to be. If it truly was “no big deal,” we wouldn’t be whispering about it. If it truly was “no big deal,” we wouldn’t have to feel like we might lose our friends if we choose not to drink. But these are real concerns for moms. And it feels like there’s not a lot of mom-specific support out there to help us navigate this topic. No guidelines for how to talk about alcohol and motherhood. So we live in this weird culture that’s polarized: either you’re in or you’re out. And if you’re out, you’re no fun. And you know what? That’s just not true. And it’s not helpful. So what is helpful? Amazing women like today’s guest, author and speaker Laura McKowen. Laura is going to share with us her story, her insights, suggestions for how to talk about alcohol and motherhood, and how to be supportive of friends who choose sobriety. Her message is very, very powerful. Laura is the author of We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life. She is a former public relations executive who has become recognized as a fresh voice in the recovery movement. Beloved for her soulful and irreverent writing, she now leads sold-out yoga-based retreats and courses that teach people how to say yes to a bigger life. She hosted the iTunes Top 100 podcast HOME, with over 1.5 million downloads. and has been featured on the TODAY show, in The Guardian, WebMD, New York Post, and more. She shows up as such a light and friend for this conversation and finds a way to make us comfortable with the uncomfortable while holding our hands and walking us forward. I don’t want you to be afraid of this conversation. It’s not a heavy…it’s full of hope, ideas, and inspiration. And gives us new perspective on how we can talk about it with each other, with our sisters, and be supportive of one another. We’re breaking through the “not knowing” and diving into it so we can come out the other side with more understanding, compassion, and resources to move forward with clarity and connection. Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: www.elevatingmotherhood.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Blog: www.yayamamas.com Laura McKowen Links: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/show-notes/episode-034/ Please Visit Today's Sponsors: Primally Pure & Branch Basics 
We do not talk about sex after babies enough. How do I know? Because of aaaaaaaaaall the emotions that came up for me and other mamas when I broached the subject. “Should I do an episode about it?” I asked.The answer: 100% YES! So I invited the energetic and talented blogger Jazmyne Futrell of www.mixedmombrownbabies.com onto the show to get this conversation rolling! Jazmyne lives in California with her husband and their four children. She shows up on her blog (and social media feeds) honestly and openly—talking about all things motherhood, from kids, life, marriage, and travel to postpartum depression, c-section recovery, loving your body, learning to let go, how to stop fighting with your toddler about teeth brushing and so much more. It’s Jazmyne’s “no holding back” approach to life and motherhood that drew me to her for this conversation. And I was not disappointed! I think we’re all listening to this episode for different reasons. Maybe you tuned in because your sex life could use some…elevating. Maybe it’s already great. Maybe you just want to hear moms being honest about sex because it’s (oddly) still so taboo in our culture. Maybe you’ll find this episode refreshing. Maybe shocking. Who knows? Either way, I’m so glad you’re here. This conversation feels brave and important—and you listening is brave and important. In this episode we discuss: · Jazmyne’s Story · Tips from her blog article Learning to Enjoy Sex  · Why we need to talk about sex after babies more and why it’s hard to talk about for most women (especially moms) · Breaking through clichés about sex & postpartum recovery · The power of being present during sex · Getting to know yourself, your needs, and more · The importance of clear communication · The opportunity for deeper connection in your relationship · Postpartum issues that can arise · Embracing the “new” that is inevitable after becoming a parent · How essential creativity is And then Jazmyne closes with the BEST TIP EVER for what to implement TODAY to start shifting your sex life for the better! Sponsors: MUTU Systems www.elevatingmotherhood.com/mutu The medically recommended online workout program for postpartum moms (yes, even moms who are years postpartum!) It’s easy to follow, do-able, and effective (less is more!) The sense of support in this online program is also incredible. If you suffer from Diastasis Recti, pain during intercourse, weakness, leaky bladder, or just want to feel stronger after having a baby, I recommend MUTU! Ojai Energetics www.elevatingmotherhood.com/cbd The makers of the most advanced, water-soluble, organic CBD on the planet. Check out Episode 015. With Ojai Energetics CEO Will Kleidon for more information about what CBD is and how it is used by the body. Links:  Connect with Lori Beth on Instagram www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Connect with Lori Beth on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood Connect with Jazmyne: @mixedmombrownbabies across all platforms Jazmyne's eBook: coming soon! 
I knew something needed to change. I wasn’t getting what I wanted or needed out of my everyday life. I wanted more alone time, more date nights with my husband, deeper connection with my kids…I wanted us to be a family who goes outside more, one who has fun together…I felt like I needed to eat better and workout. My list was so long and overwhelming that I knew I couldn’t start to improve all of that (or anything!) if I tried to change everything all at once. And my schedule was so full as a working, homeschooling mom that I wasn’t sure I’d find the time to work on even one topic. But I was determined to start. Determined to make changes. 5 minutes a day seemed do-able. (Start small, right?) It seemed sustainable, too. But there wasn’t anything out there that focused on topics I was interested in as a mom. So I wrote a Guided Journal—one that I wanted for myself—and shared it with other mamas. One topic + one month + just a few minutes a day. The very first Guided Journal topic one was “Alone Time” (something so many moms talk about needing!). I wrote out the journal prompts for the whole month then answered one a day…and it changed my life. I had more alone time than I ever thought possible. I was using it to take care of myself and meet my needs which led to me having more energy and positivity to share with my family. It turns out the saying “you cannot pour from an empty cup” is true. It was a breakthrough moment for me. I had been blocking my own alone time and had inadvertently taught my family that I didn’t need it by not taking it. Those truths all bubbled to the surface in one month’s time and were changed from that month on. Alone time was something all of us needed and deserved. We’re now a family that makes space for each of us to have the alone time we crave and deserve. Once I had met my own needs, I turned my focus to my marriage. “Date Night” was the second month’s Guided Journal topic. I spent that month answering questions and figuring out what we needed to do to work in more date nights. That month was epic. We went on so many dates! There was suddenly time for dating where there had been none before. Why? Because we stopped blocking ourselves. We stopped talking ourselves out of dates. We stopped making excuses, showed up (for ourselves and each other), and put in the work…which meant going on dates. (Probably my favorite work ever). From there my desire to work on all of the most important areas of my life—my motherhood, my marriage, my family, my friendships, my home, my everyday habits—exploded with energy and enthusiasm. At the same time it brought me peace. That’s why I broke through the vulnerability and shared it with other mamas, because I know I’m not the only one who feels crunched for time while wanting to make positive changes. The best part is, Guided Journaling helps you discover what YOU need. It helps you find answers that work in YOUR life, not someone else’s. Give it a try! All of these topics are available on my blog: www.yayamamas.com Simply click on the Guided Journals tab and choose a topic that speaks to you. Happy Journaling! Guided Journals topics available: Alone Time * Date Night * Connection * Transition * Family Fun * A Sense of Home * Go Outside * Friendship * Philanthropy * Expectations * Finance * Fitness * Food * Detox * Legacy * Mom Style Connect with LB on Instagram www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge & Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood  Visit Today's Sponsor: Blossom & Root (Code: LORIBETH10 for 10% off!)
Home Education Resources...you asked, I answered! Tune in for encouragement, support, and sisterhood as well as answers from an experienced homeschool mama. Episode 030 Is jam packed with practical tips and mindset shifts to help you through this complex transition into educating your kids at home.  Episode 031 Is a follow up where I answer listener questions from moms around the world who are searching for specific answers on their unique home education journeys.  In this episode, I give candid answers to listener questions about temporary homeschooling: · What does a day look like? · How do you set up a routine? · How does everyone get along? · How can I make this more fun? · How do you separate the line between teacher and mom? · How do you not fall into a rut and pretend it’s Saturday and just be lazy? · How do you not drive each other insane? · What school supplies do I need to buy and have on hand? (You’d be surprised if you look around your home at all the toys, books, games, and even empty boxes) · How do I work a full day and then teach my kids for 6 hours after that? · How do you teach your child when there are siblings around distracting them (especially younger siblings)? · How do you stay on task and not bounce from one project to the next? How do you not get sidetracked by chores and to do list items? · What if I don’t like this whole set up? · How are you staying so calm in all of this? · Do you do school 5 days a week or do you have a break day in the middle? If you’re still looking for more answers or really want to dive deep into the full homeschooling process, I offer support in my online course Homeschool Explained. There’s also more info at: www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool www.yayamamas.com/homeschool I’ll be sharing more behind the scenes over on Instagram: @loribethauldridge to help normalize what working from home + homeschooling looks like. Feel free to ask more questions. I’m here for you, mama. Follow Elevating Motherhood on IG& FB! Like, comment, and share that you’re listening to the podcast! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss an episode! Like the show? Leave me a review! Your feedback lets me know what you like, want, and need in your #momlife I’m here to serve you, open up conversations, tackle topics, and encourage connection. Reviews help me do that! Thank you so much! Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-motherhood/id1479731562 Connect with LB on Instagram www.instagram.com/loribethauldridge Connect with LB on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatingmotherhood
Schools are closed. You need help teaching our kiddos. You’re here for answers, tips, tricks, schedules, and resources. If you find yourself needing to educate your kids at home for a while unexpectedly, I get that you might be in a bit of shock. It’s overwhelming. I think a lot of that overwhelm comes from this idea that just a day ago we had a predictable schedule in place and knew what we were good at…we’re good at being a parent, we’re good at our job, we understood our current roles and then were handed another one: the role of teacher. Not knowing how to formally teach our kids can make us feel like we’re really bad at that or we’re going to fail at it. Those are very unsettling feelings. The overwhelm is so real for so many people. Please know that you’re not alone in those feelings, that they’re valid, and that there are many people out there who understand. And those of us who want to help you rise up, find your confidence, and move through this overwhelming time feeling understood, resourced, and supported. So many of us are searching for coping mechanisms among all of the heightened emotions. Humor, frustration, unhappiness, venting, even panic—these are all real emotions that real people are feeling. It’s really important to acknowledge how you’re feeling. Name the emotions without shame. Know that they are normal, acknowledge them, and then use them as information to move forward. None of us want to live in those feelings of frustration, overwhelm, and unhappiness. Please know that if the sources of your overwhelm stem from childcare, money, job, or food concerns, I wish I had the resources to immediately help you and calm your mama heart. I hope that there are friends, family, and local resources that you can reach out to now to help. I don’t think it’s too early to start accepting offers for help from school boards, food banks, churches, local organizations, and people who have been posting on social media that they want to be there for you. Believe them. Use them. Lean into your community. This truly is turning into a time of coming together even while we are apart.  Here are my top 14 tips for parents who are finding themselves doing all of life at home with their kids, including educating them.  1. Don’t Try to Recreate the Classroom in Your Home 2. Create Your Own Schedule 3. Try Time Blocking 4. Remember School is Supposed to be Do-able 5. Alternate Activities 6. Keep Records 7. Give Grace (and then more grace) 8. Go Outside (a lot) 9. Know That Resources are All Around You 10. Mindset is Everything 11. Lean Into the Process 12. Lean Into Your School’s Resources 13. Communicate with Your School Community 14. Take Care of Yourself You are strong, you are capable, this is temporary, there will be ups and downs, those are normal, we’ll get through them together. For more show notes & all links mentioned in today’s podcast, go to www.elevatingmotherhood.com
Anxiety is one of the most requested topics from listeners here on the show. So many moms want to know more about it and/or what they can do to manage theirs or make it disappear. I’m not a medical professional. I can’t diagnose anxiety, nor am I ever trying to by presenting episodes about anxiety. This isn’t medical advice, this is a discussion among moms. My goal is to empower mothers to learn more about themselves and encourage them to learn more about topics that inspire them, interest them, or even concern them. Topics like anxiety. We’re not going to shy away from it here on Elevating Motherhood, but instead seek out information and potential options. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all answer to anything…especially when it comes to moms & anxiety. It feels like we’re in this sea of not-knowing when it comes to anxiety: we don’t know a ton about it even though it’s a very common notion, we have moments in our lives where we *think we might have it but we’re not sure and we don’t want to talk about it if we suspect we do, or if we do talk about it, there’s sometimes judgment or we’re offered unhelpful “advice,” or it’s ignored altogether. There are actually people who believe that anxiety isn’t real. There are so many opinions about anxiety, it’s no wonder moms feel paralyzed and don’t even know where to start seeking answers, information, and support. So let’s change that. I want to talk openly about anxiety, share stories, and hear from moms & professionals. I really want to explore ways we can learn to support ourselves and other moms. Let’s have the conversations. My goal is to publish many episodes in an “Options for Anxiety” series where we learn about and dive into ideas that might help: Those of us with anxiety, those of us who wonder if we might have it, and even those of us without anxiety who want to learn how to be more supportive. Today’s guest is the perfect intro to this series! Breon Michel is a parent coach & educator who supports and empowers families with tools to create more ease, enjoyment, and self-compassion in daily life. With extensive training in mindfulness & self-compassion, nervous system regulation, and plenty of personal practice (and mishaps!) as a parent, she uses a heartfelt and integrative approach to helping parents deal with the challenges and vulnerabilities of raising children in the modern world. Breon is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher with a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A love of learner at heart, she’s also partway through the Organic Intelligence HEART training, which is giving her greater insight into the key aspects of healthy nervous system functioning. In today’s episode, we talk about: What anxiety is * What’s a coach vs. a therapist * Causes of anxiety (cultural, societal, familial, ancestral, etc.) * When to reach out for help & support * Approaches to therapy, including: somatic experiencing therapy, organic intelligence, talk therapy, family/parent coaching, self compassion, mindfulness & meditation, showing up as your genuine self, and anxiety & children RESOURCES: Psychology Today, Postpartum Support International, Postpartum Doulas, Steve Hoskinson (founder of Organic Intelligence) – “The job is enjoyment.” Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing Therapy) LINKS: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!, Connect w/ LB on Instagram & Facebook, Branch Basics, www.beautifulandsimple.com, www.breonmichel.com
At some point, most parents are going to need to bring someone else in to help with childcare. There are a variety of options…daycare, school, family members, or even childcare swaps with friends. But not all of us have those options. We might live far from family or schedules don’t line up or…I could literally list 100 reasons why childcare might go awry (because it can & does!) and why we might need to seek out other options. There also might be listeners who are expecting or have a new baby and want to plan ahead as much as possible. All of our situations are unique. But it’s safe to say, if you’re a parent with a child, have a child on the way, are a child care provider, or want to be a childcare provider (I’m looking at you 13-year-old soon to be babysitters!) this episode has something for you! Today we’re going to talk about the difference between a babysitter, nanny, and mother’s helper. And, of course, the real burning question: How much should we pay them? We’re also going to touch on what to do when issues arise…and issues do come up.  Having a childcare provider is a relationship and every relationship has ups and downs, joyful moments and disagreements. So I asked Nicki Taylor, owner of The Nanny Connection here on Maui, (www.thenannyconnection.com) come on the show and shed some light on these questions. She also offers us communication & hiring tips while busting through myths and telling great stories (she has some doozies!) Nicki is a wonderful mom to two children, ages 4 and 2. After receiving her Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and worked in corporate America in elder care for years before moving to Maui to take over her mother-in-law’s nanny agency. She’s been running the The Nanny Connection here on Maui and Lanai for over 6 years. The Nanny Connection expanded to Oahu this past year and is looking to launch in Kauai later this year. Nicki’s background in administration and her innate understanding and compassion as a mom make her an incredible resource and leader in her unique branch of the childcare industry. If you’re on Maui or plan to visiting Hawaii, The Nanny Connection is my number one recommendation for trusted childcare. I’ll be sure to link to The Nanny Connection in the show notes. We’re fortunate to be able to tap into her experience & resources today. In this episode we go over: · What is the difference between a nanny, babysitter, and mother’s helper? · Why do people hire nannies? (there’s some myth-busting in this answer!) · What kinds of questions should moms ask nannies when interviewing them for a position? Things they need to bring up? · How much to pay? · Common issues that come up for moms when hiring nannies? What can we do to avoid disagreements, drama, or tension with nannies? · Common issues that come up for nannies? What can they do to avoid disagreements, drama, or tension with parents? · Communication tools for moms & child care providers Helpful Links: Love the Show? Leave a review on iTunes!  Connect with LB on Instagram & Facebook  Visit Today’s Sponsors: Ojai Energetics and Primally Pure
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