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Host Jessica Nicole, has made it her mission to reframe the idea of what a "good mom" looks like. It is time to set aside the mom guilt, the shame, the isolation and come together as a community of like minded women who CAN have it all. With a background as a certified yoga instructor, foodie, and self love advocate, Jessica will have the tough conversations as we discuss topics ranging from health, sex, parenting, marriage, friendship and everything in between. We can have the life we have always dreamed of and she is here to get you there. Join us for an opportunity to laugh, share, and SLOW DOWN. Want more? Download the app, The Zen Mommy on Apple and Google Play.
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How Dawn Fable of the Press Pause Project Realized CBD was Working for HerEpisode S3E2 MINI CONVO: Show NotesIn today’s mini convo, Dawn Fable of the Press Pause Project reveals how she knew that CBD was working for her at a family Thanksgiving dinner that she was hosting. She tells the story of how she got everything ready, cleaned the house, and welcomed 18 family members, only to realize that she didn’t have enough plates to serve dessert on. Next, she reveals that she served her guests on Fourth of July paper plates, and didn’t care at all! This was the moment where she realized that CBD was allowing her to be present and appreciate her life in a meaningful way. Tune in to hear her tell the story!Key Points From This Episode:Why Dawn remembers the moment she realized CBD was working for her: it was fresh. The story of how she hosted Thanksgiving dinner with 18 family members which previously would have made her very nervous, and calmly got everything ready.How she didn’t have enough plates for dessert and served it on Fourth of July paper plates.The fact that she didn’t care at all, which was unusual. How this made her realize that CBD was allowing her to be present and appreciate everything.Tweetables:“It’s funny because I did not have enough place settings for dessert. I served our Thanksgiving dessert on Fourth of July paper plates, and it was so abundantly clear to me because I couldn’t have cared less!” — Dawn Fable [0:00:53]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Mom, Slow Down!Dawn Fable on LinkedIn Press Pause Project on Instagram Press Pause ProjectThe Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
In today’s mini convo, Dawn Fable of the Press Pause Project reveals how she knew that CBD was working for her at a family Thanksgiving dinner that she was hosting. She tells the story of how she got everything ready, cleaned the house, and welcomed 18 family members, only to realize that she didn’t have enough plates to serve dessert on. Next, she reveals that she served her guests on Fourth of July paper plates, and didn’t care at all! This was the moment where she realized that CBD was allowing her to be present and appreciate her life in a meaningful way. Tune in to hear her tell the story!Key Points From This Episode:Why Dawn remembers the moment she realized CBD was working for her: it was fresh. The story of how she hosted Thanksgiving dinner with 18 family members which previously would have made her very nervous, and calmly got everything ready.How she didn’t have enough plates for dessert and served it on Fourth of July paper plates.The fact that she didn’t care at all, which was unusual. How this made her realize that CBD was allowing her to be present and appreciate everything.Tweetables:“It’s funny because I did not have enough place settings for dessert. I served our Thanksgiving dessert on Fourth of July paper plates, and it was so abundantly clear to me because I couldn’t have cared less!” — Dawn Fable [0:00:53]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Mom, Slow Down!Dawn Fable on LinkedIn Press Pause Project on Instagram Press Pause ProjectSupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
A Compassionate Presence for Every Birth with Doula Katy KelleyEpisode S3E3 MINI CONVO 1 & 2: Show Notes We speak with doula Katy Kelley about her advice for new doulas, which centers around working as a team with all the parties and professionals involved in a birth. She reveals how her years of experience in healthcare have helped her to get accepted into the birth environment, why everyone has a part to play in the birth story, and why it is beneficial to avoid the tragic and fear-invoking birth stories online, but rather to trust the birth team and allow your own experience to come forward. Next, she tells us a bit about how she advocates for couples and educates them on the choices available in the moment, and emphasizes the immense value of working together as a team. During our second mini convo, we talk about the ways in which a doula’s permissions differ depending on whether it is a home or hospital birth. Katy tells us about the role of a nurse in administering pain relief and how she educates couples on what an honor and a blessing the birth experience can be, and how she uses essential oils to assist with pain relief, before bringing the point home that her role is to educate a couple that they do have choices! We hope you join us for these short episodes that pack a punch. Key Points From This Episode:Advice for new doulas: be a team player.How Katy’s years of experience in healthcare have helped her to be accepted into the birth environment.Why everyone has a part to play in the birth story.The tragic and fear-invoking birth stories that can be read online.Why it’s helpful not to expect too much, but rather allow the experience to come forward.Why it’s helpful to trust the birth team.How Katy advocates for couples and educates them on the choices available.Why she thinks it is important to work as a team through a birth. How a doula’s permissions differ depending on whether it is a home or hospital birth.How a doula is not allowed to birth or touch the baby.The role of a nurse in administering pain relief.How she educates couples on what an honor and a blessing the experience can be.How Katy uses essential oils to assist with pain relief. How she educates couples that they do have choices.Tweetables:“For any new doulas coming into the profession as I leave it, [my] advice is: be a team player!” — Katy Kelley [0:00:01]“There’s a lot of things online that are tragic or fear-invoking birth experiences, and I think by not reading too much, not expecting too much, and just allowing and trusting that this experience can come forward, and trusting the birth team.” — Katy Kelley [0:00:27]“As a doula, I will advocate for that couple and support their wishes if there are things being suggested by a medical team and they are unaware.” — Katy Kelley [0:01:13]“A big part of this is educating the couples on what an honor and a blessing this experience can be instead of approaching it fearfully.” — Katy Kelley [0:00:56]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Katy Kelley on LinkedInMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
We speak with doula Katy Kelley about her advice for new doulas, which centers around working as a team with all the parties and professionals involved in a birth. She reveals how her years of experience in healthcare have helped her to get accepted into the birth environment, why everyone has a part to play in the birth story, and why it is beneficial to avoid the tragic and fear-invoking birth stories online, but rather to trust the birth team and allow your own experience to come forward. Next, she tells us a bit about how she advocates for couples and educates them on the choices available in the moment, and emphasizes the immense value of working together as a team. During our second mini convo, we talk about the ways in which a doula’s permissions differ depending on whether it is a home or hospital birth. Katy tells us about the role of a nurse in administering pain relief and how she educates couples on what an honor and a blessing the birth experience can be, and how she uses essential oils to assist with pain relief, before bringing the point home that her role is to educate a couple that they do have choices! We hope you join us for these short episodes that pack a punch. Key Points From This Episode:Advice for new doulas: be a team player.How Katy’s years of experience in healthcare have helped her to be accepted into the birth environment.Why everyone has a part to play in the birth story.The tragic and fear-invoking birth stories that can be read online.Why it’s helpful not to expect too much, but rather allow the experience to come forward.Why it’s helpful to trust the birth team.How Katy advocates for couples and educates them on the choices available.Why she thinks it is important to work as a team through a birth. How a doula’s permissions differ depending on whether it is a home or hospital birth.How a doula is not allowed to birth or touch the baby.The role of a nurse in administering pain relief.How she educates couples on what an honor and a blessing the experience can be.How Katy uses essential oils to assist with pain relief. How she educates couples that they do have choices.Tweetables:“For any new doulas coming into the profession as I leave it, [my] advice is: be a team player!” — Katy Kelley [0:00:01]“There’s a lot of things online that are tragic or fear-invoking birth experiences, and I think by not reading too much, not expecting too much, and just allowing and trusting that this experience can come forward, and trusting the birth team.” — Katy Kelley [0:00:27]“As a doula, I will advocate for that couple and support their wishes if there are things being suggested by a medical team and they are unaware.” — Katy Kelley [0:01:13]“A big part of this is educating the couples on what an honor and a blessing this experience can be instead of approaching it fearfully.” — Katy Kelley [0:00:56]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Katy Kelley on LinkedInMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a mother who hasn’t experienced parent shaming or mom guilt. Today’s guest, Mercedes Samudio, is a licensed psychotherapist, parent coach, speaker, and bestselling author. She has started the hashtag #endparentshaming and coined the term ‘Shame Proof Parenting’ in an effort to show parents that they are already great guides for their children to experience happy and healthy lives. During this episode, you will hear about Mercedes’ non-traditional upbringing, which sparked her interest in child-parent relationships. She talks about the impossible standard of perfection for parents or children, how our lack of understanding results in parent shaming, and why it is so powerful to ask how a parent has developed their values and beliefs in order to have them reassess how they are parenting their children. We discuss the identity changes that occur when you become a parent and with each additional child, and Mercedes explains that the reason for parents becoming overly permissive or restrictive is not about bad parenting, but comes down to internalized beliefs from their own experiences. You’ll also hear Mercedes’ thoughts about managing screen time, and her reassuring belief that being a good parent is not about being perfect, but you should always be mindful. We hope you join us to hear from this inspiring psychotherapist today!Key Points From This Episode:Why she believes the best way to provide a healthy environment for children is to stop shaming the people who are caring for them.How the standard of perfection for parents creates impossible standards for children. The Parental Identity Development Model that looks at what type of parent you want to be.How an identity shift happens every time you bring a new child into your parenting space.Why parent shaming occurs when we don’t understand what it means to be a parent. How there is a disproportionate focus on the child, leaving parents unequipped.An example of a parent who felt fear about her teenage child expressing her womanhood because of an underlying fear of sexual assault.The power of asking how a parent came to have the values and beliefs that they have.Why parents becoming overly permissive or restrictive is not about bad parenting, but internalized beliefs from their own experiences.Identity changes that occur as your children’s identities change.How seeing the world through your child’s eyes is an opportunity to reparent yourself.Separating your parental identity from your identity as a whole to combat parent shaming.How a child acting out is not always a sign of ADHD or mental health, but often reflects what is going on with the family.Introducing your children to different cultures in order to raise non-racist kids.The power of telling your children you don’t know the answer and researching it together.The goal of becoming a full human and showing your child how to be a full human as well.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Mercedes Samudio on LinkedInMercedes Samudio on InstagramShame Proof ParentingShame Proof ParentingMom, Slow Down!The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Managing technology use and abuse is one of the toughest things that today’s parents have to navigate. In this mini episode, psychotherapist, Mercedes Samudio, shares some powerful insights into how to navigate yours and your child’s relationship with the devices in your home. She explains how the past year has changed her perspective on technology usage and tells us what she often advises parents: it’s about being intentional and not mindless about usage. Mercedes suggests using your child’s preferred technology platforms to connect and spend time together, and describes how to set guidelines and offer your child alternatives. She urges listeners that being mindful about technology needs to be for the whole family, not just the kids, and recommends that you set benchmarks according to how your family uses technology, not how a coach says you should. We hope you join us for some powerful insights today!Key Points From This Episode:How the past year has changed Mercedes’ perspective on technology usage.What she often tells parents: it’s about being intentional and not mindless about usage.Using your child’s preferred technology platforms to connect and spend time together.How to set guidelines in the family, observe how your child uses tech, and offer alternatives.Why being mindful about technology needs to be for the whole family, not just the kids.How you should set benchmarks according to how your family uses technology and not how a coach says you should. Tweetables:“What I often tell parents is this: it’s about being intentional about the time you spend [on technology]. If you do spend time watching Netflix or playing video games, are you being intentional or is it just mindless? Everyone needs outlets to veg out.” — Mercedes Samudio [0:00:46]“If I know my child loves video games, can we intentionally spend time together playing video games? If I know my child loves TikTok, can we set aside some time for them to share with you their new videos that they found or some of the videos they’re doing?” — Mercedes Samudio [0:01:10]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Mercedes Samudio on LinkedInMercedes Samudio on InstagramShame Proof ParentingShame Proof ParentingMom, Slow Down!The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Leveling the playing field with anti-racist practices is an essential element of modern parenting. Today’s guest, Mercedes Samudio, believes that teaching your children about different cultures should be as normal as teaching them the other basics of life. She is an advocate for admitting what you don’t know and then doing the research to educate yourself and your child. She also emphasizes the importance of modeling diversity in your own life in order to pass this principle along to your child. Mercedes reassures us that the goal is not to be perfect, but to be a full human and to show your child how to be a full human too. We hope you join us!Key Points From This Episode:Why it is important to acknowledge what you know and don’t know.How she asks clients what they know about themselves in order to share with their family.Why you should take advantage of online resources to research and educate yourself.What she tells parents she works with: as you teach your child the basics of life, teach them the basics of body parts, cultures, and more.How you should be honest with your children about what you don’t know. Modeling diversity in your own life before you teach your child about differences. Realizing what you are not modeling is an opportunity for you to change.Why it’s not about being perfect, but being mindful about your own life.Why the goal is to be a full human and to show your child how to be a full human as well.Tweetables:“Just like with everything else I talk to parents about, you teach your child about their nose and their mouth, teach them about their body parts. You teach your children how to be polite and how to have manners, teach them about other cultures!” — Mercedes Samudio [0:01:16]“When your child has questions, think, ‘do I know the answer?’ before you give it to them and say, ‘I don’t know a lot about that, but let me get some information. Maybe we can talk about it this weekend.’” — Mercedes Samudio [0:02:05]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Mercedes Samudio on LinkedInMercedes Samudio on InstagramShame Proof ParentingShame Proof ParentingMom, Slow Down!The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Teaching Girls Skills for Success with Amy KleinAs moms, we are limited in what we can teach our daughters. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to offer them advice on every aspect of their lives, and this is totally normal. This is why your children need to be exposed to many mentors and experts so they can learn a range of different skills to ensure they are set up for success at whatever they try their hand in. Amy Klein’s life mission is to change the face of women leadership, one young lady at a time, through The Courageous Brand, an educational company that looks to instill courage and confidence in women and girls. Coming from a successful career in sales and leadership, the absence of women in leadership positions inspired Amy to work towards creating foundational change. In this episode, Amy talks about the impetus for co-founding The Courageous Brand. We talk about the importance of courage and hear how to build confidence. Our conversation also touches on the Entregirl Leadership Academy, what girls will learn if they participate, and how the program leverages experts to help girls build robust knowledge and skills.  Key Points From This Episode:Get to know today’s guest, Amy Klein.The impetus for founding The Courageous Brand, and the gap Amy and her partner were looking to fill.Some of the different offerings The Courageous Brand has.What gave Amy and Kelly the confidence and courage to step out in the way that they have.Confidence comes through practice, so it’s important to have the courage to take the first step.We do not have to pretend like we can do it all without any help.The value of having a mentor as a young girl.Skills that the Entregirl Leadership Academy instills in participants.The importance of exposing your children to skills outside of their bubble.An example of a lesson Amy learned from an expert they brought into the Academy.The structure of the Entregirl Academy and how to join.Amy shares some standout success stories.Tweetables:“If you have an idea or this belief or this passion and you want to make it happen, it comes down to having the courage to do it first. Don't feel like you need to be confident because I think confidence comes with practice.” — Amy Klein [0:06:54]“Our big thing is having a mentor to help guide you and almost expedite some of those misses that are going to happen no matter what, but they can be there so you don’t feel isolated.” — Amy Klein [0:09:12]“The three pillars of the Entregirls Academy are courage, confidence, and entrepreneurial skills. And those skills are the things that will make them successful, whether they want to be Simone Biles in the Olympics or they want to be the CEO of their house or they want to start a podcast or they want to start their own business or climb the corporate ladder.” — Amy Klein [0:12:43]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Courageous Brand‎Courageous ConversationsEntregirl Leadership AcademyThe Zen MommyMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Psychotherapist and parent coach, Mercedes Samudio believes that there should be a framework for parents to refer to while they navigate raising children, which is why she has gone ahead and developed a resource to do just that. During this mini conversation, she tells us about The Parental Identity Development model she has created that asks the question ‘how do you know what kind of parent you want to be?’ through the lens of watching your child grow. She believes that parent shaming occurs because we don’t understand what it means to be a parent, and wants mental health professionals to be a part of the task force that does not continue to perpetuate parental shame. Tune in today to learn more!Key Points From This Episode:The Parental Identity Development model Mercedes has created.How it starts with pregnancy and nesting, all the way up until your child becomes a parent.Why, as your child becomes a parent, you should be sharing experiences and not fighting.Why she created the Parental Identity Development model: there is no manual and there should be one!How an identity shift occurs with the introduction of each new child. How mental health professionals can stop the cycle of perpetuating parental shame.The biased measuring sticks that we use to judge parents due to a lack of understanding.The lack of theoretical models to support parents through identity development.Why it is important for a parent to feel competent when they leave a therapist’s office.How Mercedes aims to support parents in developing a healthy identity so that they no where to go to when there is no professional support available.Tweetables:“If all things go according to plan and you are moving through your identity in a healthy way, by the time your child is of parenting age, [you] should be sharing experiences and not fighting each other.” — Mercedes Samudio [0:00:28]“There actually isn’t a manual for parenting. The whole reason [that] I created the Parental Identity Development model is [because] there is no manual for parenting, and there should be one.” — Mercedes Samudio [0:00:50]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Mercedes Samudio on LinkedInMercedes Samudio on InstagramShame Proof ParentingShame Proof ParentingMom, Slow Down!The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Root Cause of Infertility and Hormonal Hell with Dr. Christina Burns Committed, compassionate, and highly skilled in multiple disciplines, today’s guest, Dr. Christina Burns, is the founder of Naturna, an integrative health centre dedicated to the fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. We open our episode by asking Dr. Burns to weigh in on whether or not infertility is on the rise, and she gives us her thoughts on IVF and pregnancy success in women over 35. Next, she weighs in on how constant stimulation impacts your nervous system and reproductive hormones and gives us her definition of what integrative health means. We touch on the areas where Western medicine falls short and Dr. Burns introduces listeners to the Eastern philosophy of the physician as a teacher, with the onus of becoming well falling on the patient. Her clients are often looking to get pregnant, with others going through peri-menopause and other versions of what she calls ‘hormonal hell’. She unpacks what she offers them, before telling us how COVID-19 has impacted her practice and sharing her views on the vaccine. She believes it is powerful to seek out knowledge in preparation for a fertility journey and urges listeners not to neglect the subtle interplay of different factors in your life. We hope you join us to hear from this inspiring expert today!Key Points From This Episode:Dr. Burns weighs in on whether or not infertility is on the rise.Why she believes that IVF has a place, but people seek it out too soon.Statistics around IVF and pregnancy success in women over 35.Environmental factors such as exposure to toxins and their effect on women’s fertility.The effect of constant stimulation on your nervous system and reproductive hormones.Her definition of integrative health: improving the paradigm of healthcare by integrating the different strengths of Eastern and Western medicine.Where Western medicine falls short: lifestyle solutions like food, sleep, and stress.The Eastern philosophy of physician as teacher with empowerment through knowledge.How integrative medicine draws on Western, Eastern, naturopathic, and functional medicine.The clients that usually approach Dr. Burns: those who have exhausted their options.Why relying on a cycle tracking app is not reliable, and how there are other ways to do this.Peri-menopause and how this often affects high-functioning women.The ‘hormonal hell’ that many patients go through that leads them to approach Dr. Burns.How she hasn’t seen her practice change that much since the pandemic. The growing interest in natural medicine following the advent of COVID-19.Her views on vaccination: people should have a personal choice based on their health.Why you should separate being vaccinated from your fertility efforts.The power of seeking out knowledge in your preparation to start a fertility journey.How Dr. Burns deals with stress: acupuncture, herbs, diet, rest, meditation, and vitamins.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Dr. Christina Burns on Instagram Naturna Institute on Instagram Naturna InstituteFertility in Focus PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Today’s guest, Dr. Christina Burns, is the founder of Naturna, an integrative health centre dedicated to the fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. On this mini episode, we discuss why Dr. Burns believes that taking charge of your fertility journey involves the subtle interplay of factors like diet and stress before bringing out the big guns of traditional fertility treatment. Join us to hear more!Key Points From This Episode:Why it’s always appropriate to seek out knowledge, but it could be too early to find someone to manage your case.How to look at adjusting your lifestyle, starting with seeking out a nutritionist.The softer, gentler approach that involves taking responsibility for your habits.Why Dr. Burns believes in lesser intervention.The power of learning your body.Needing more information as a great reason to seek out support from a doctor.What her advice to patients boils down to: don’t neglect the subtle interplay of things in your life and seek out the knowledge you need to take action.Why taking charge means addressing diet and stress before taking on the big guns. Tweetables:“First line is a softer, more gentle approach in taking responsibility for your own habits that could be either enhancing your fertility or getting in the way of your fertility.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:00:36]“Don’t neglect the subtle interplay of things in your life that could be influencing your fertility. Seek out the knowledge you need to take action.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:01:30]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Dr. Christina Burns on Instagram Naturna Institute on Instagram Naturna InstituteFertility in Focus PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
How the COVID-19 Vaccine Impacts Reproduction with Christina BurnsToday’s guest, Dr. Christina Burns, is the founder of Naturna, an integrative health centre dedicated to the fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. On this mini episode, we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on fertility and the reproductive system as a whole. Within the context of New York, Christina discusses her belief that people should have a personal choice on vaccination based on their own medical history and gives a few examples of patients who have experienced unfavorable fallout on their reproductive activity after receiving the vaccine. We touch on the murky waters of not being able to prove that the vaccine is the root cause of the miscarriages that some of her patients have experienced, and talk about how the vaccine is taxing on the body by causing inflammation. Dr. Burns urges patients to pursue their fertility efforts away from the vaccine, and closes with the truth bomb that there really is no right answer on how to navigate vaccination and fertility. Listen in today!Key Points From This Episode:How New Yorkers were hit by COVID-19 and have strong opinions on vaccinating.Why Christina believes that people should have a personal choice on vaccination. Her post-menopausal patient that wouldn’t stop bleeding after her vaccine.The proven effects of the vaccine on the reproductive system of both men and women.The small contingent of women that believe the vaccine made them miscarry and how this can’t be proved either way.How the vaccine is taxing on the body by causing inflammation.Why Dr. Burns urges patients to pursue their fertility efforts away from the vaccination. How there is no right answer.Tweetables:“I serve primarily a New York population, and New Yorkers were hit so badly by COVID-19 that there is a very strong opinion in New York about vaccinating.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:00:01] “There are vaccine reactions. I personally believe that people should have a personal choice according to what’s going on with their health and their family.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:00:35] “I’ve had a number of menstruating women start having irregular cycles, bleeding several times a month, or losing their period altogether. We know that [the vaccine] is definitely affecting the reproductive system of both men and women.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:01:18]“The vaccine is also taxing, it causes inflammation in the body, and inflammation is at the root of a variety of different disorders.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:02:40] “What I usually say to women who are wanting to do the vaccine, understandably, is please do it away from your fertility efforts. Give it at least a month, maybe two, for the body to calm down. Do some acupuncture, make sure you’re eating an anti-inflammatory diet.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:03:38]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Dr. Christina Burns on Instagram Naturna Institute on Instagram Naturna InstituteFertility in Focus PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Becoming a mom is a life-changing event for our bodies, our minds, and our identities. This concept forms the heart of Amber Trueblood’s wonderful book Stretch Marks: A Self-Development Tool for Mothers Who are Being Stretched in Every Direction. Amber is a licensed therapist, author, podcaster, and mother to four sons. As an avid reader and learner, she curates courses, workshops, and simple self-care tools for women. In our conversation with Amber, we delve into her work on helping moms find calm, peace, and fulfillment by silencing self-judgment, identifying unreasonable expectations, and banishing baloney beliefs. We discuss some of the expectations that might be causing you frustration, as well as how to identify and address them. Amber unpacks some of the challenges parents might currently be facing, like getting kids to bed at a reasonable hour and establishing a morning routine. We also discuss teaching kids independence from an early age and interrogate how moms can sometimes become addicted to their family being dependent on them. Key Points From This Episode:Why Amber used the term ‘stretch marks’ as the title for her book.The drastic changes that happen in your mind and body when you become a mother.Why guilt and expectations are the two major hurdles standing in the way of moms finding joy and success.Why the first step is identifying your expectations of yourself.Why expectations are often the primary source of frustration and guilt.How to determine whether your expectations are helping or hurting you and your family.Identifying how letting go of an expectation can help your family.How you can become addicted to your family relying on you for everything.How families learn the habit of automatically consulting the mom when they can’t find something.Why this pattern forms and how it impacts different family members.How this dependence can affect kids later in life.How to disrupt this pattern by telling them where the item is that they are looking for.How morning routines set you up for the rest of your day.Tips for helping yourself and your family with their morning routines.Why getting enough sleep as a parent is crucial.How to slowly shift bedtimes back to an earlier time.Why removing devices from the bedroom at night is integral to a good night's sleep.How to replace digital activities with activities like yoga or reading that deregulate the nervous system.How to delegate more responsibilities while also giving the support they need.Why it’s important to realize how delegating benefits both you and your child.Ask yourself what qualities you’d like to see in your children as they age.How meditation helped Amber bridge the gap between her heart and brain.Some of the biggest things Amber learned about parenting misconceptions.The neurological effects of meditation and how Amber practices self-care.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramStretch Marks: A Self-Development Tool for Mothers Who are Being Stretched in Every DirectionThe Stretch Marks PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Nighttime and Morning Routines with Amber TruebloodDuring the summer months, it’s natural for bedtimes to creep continually later into the evening. This can make mornings particularly challenging when kids return to school. In this mini conversation with Amber, we discuss morning routines and why getting a good night’s sleep is integral to better mornings. She shares her tips for returning to an earlier bedtime and explains how devices can wreak havoc with your children’s sleep. Tune in today for more on this universal topic!Key Points From This Episode:How morning routines set you up for the rest of your day.Tips for helping yourself and your family with their morning routines.Why getting enough sleep as a parent is crucial.How bedtimes shift to a later time slot during the summer.How to slowly shift bedtimes back to an earlier time.Why removing devices from the bedroom at night is integral to a good night's sleep.Tweetables:“I think for me, right now, school mornings are intertwined with anxiety, like when it doesn't go well it's intertwined with anxiety,” — Amber Trueblood [0:00:45]“Protecting your sleep, for me, is the first step in having a good morning.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:41]“If they're literally bouncing off the walls, it might be an overtired. You remember when we were kids and you get so sleepy, you get like punch drunk, like cracking up, like giggling, laughing so hard at sleepovers because you're just so exhausted.” — Amber Trueblood [0:03:05]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
So often moms end up being the ones responsible for finding any missing items in the house, but why is that? And is it doing a disservice to yourself and your family? In this mini conversation, we discuss why family’s fall into this pattern, how it impacts your time and why it’s ineffective. Tune in to hear more!Key Points From This Episode:How families learn the habit of automatically consulting mom when they can’t find something.Why this pattern forms and how it impacts different family members.How this dependence can affect kids later in life.Tweetables:“They figured out, because I taught them, that the quickest way to find something is to ask mom.” — Jessica Nicole [0:00:11]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
In our first mini conversation, we ask Amber Trueblood, a licensed therapist and mother of four, about the biggest obstacles standing in the way of mothers finding joy and success in life. We discuss the interconnected role of guilt and expectations as well as how to recognize when your subconscious expectations are affecting your overall happiness. These expectations can come from a multitude of sources and are often unhelpful. Amber shares her tips for identifying these expectations and evaluating whether they are worth your time and energy. Join us today to hear more!Key Points From This Episode:Why guilt and expectations are the two major hurdles standing in the way of moms finding joy and success.Understanding that your expectations of yourself can come from a multitude of places.Why these expectations are often subconscious and unhelpful.Why the first step is identifying your expectations of yourself.Why expectations are often the primary source of frustration and guilt.How identifying a subconscious expectation can banish it.Tweetables:“And they're the ones that are a lot of the source of that guilt, the source of that self-judgment, the source of that shame, the source of that frustration because at some level, you don't agree with most of these expectations.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:07]“When you're feeling guilty or triggered in some way, emotionally asking yourself, ‘What's the problem here? What's my judgment? Oh, my judgment is I feel like I should be done with work by six o’clock.’” — Amber Trueblood [0:02:15]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Fostering Independence in Your Children with Amber TruebloodIt’s not always clear what responsibilities our kids can take on, and often as moms it’s easier to do tasks on their behalf, like preparing lunches or laying out clothes for the following day. In this mini conversation, we discuss how you can gradually foster independence in your kids in a way that is both supportive but also encourages them to grow. Amber shares her advice on how to determine what you can expect from your child depending on their age and how to support their journey to becoming increasingly independent. Tune in today for useful tips and eye-opening insights on this important topic!Key Points From This Episode:How to use your child’s grade as a guide to how much responsibility they can take on.Why it’s important to remind yourself that your child is more capable than they were the year before.How to delegate more responsibilities while also giving the support they need.Why it’s important to realize how delegating benefits both you and your child.Ask yourself what qualities you’d like to see in your children as they age.Tweetables:“All your kids are a year older than they were last year at this time, they can do more, so you can delegate more.” — Amber Trueblood [0:00:43]“Give them some autonomy to make some decisions, but then helping them follow through with it and creating a habit of it.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:23]“It's nice to realize not only how it benefits you but how it benefits them, and what kind of characteristics you're trying to build in your kids.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:54]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Online Dating with Perri SchneiderToday, we have the pleasure of speaking to Perri Schneider, an online dating expert who draws from her own experience to guide us through all the do’s and don’ts of modern dating. You’ll hear why apps are so popular, how Perri has based her professional approach on her own experience, and why using apps is a powerful time-saving tool. Perri tells us what she considers to be the best dating apps, and urges us to use our common knowledge to discern which platforms are worth our time. She also reminds us that time doesn’t guarantee success, but rather the quality of your actions does, before explaining why she discourages users to pay for dating apps and telling us how a life coach helped her to see that her expectations were unrealistic. Next, she tells us how giving her girlfriends guidance turned into a business to help others, and urges audiences to start with asking what you want, before giving us a two-fold process of finding out what that is. We dive into the pros and cons of the dating landscape in a post-COVID world, and why it is important to create an honest representation of yourself online. Perri points out that people who won’t communicate before a date are showing you a huge red flag, and talks about the value of virtual dating in terms of establishing whether there is a connection. She tells us some funny stories from her own dating life, and shares her greatest success story with a client, before leaving us with the truth bomb that the goal is not to find the perfect partner, but to live in your truth everyday. Lastly, she tells us what her definition of self-care is, being in her truth, listening to podcasts, yoga, walking, and pizza, doing what feels good for her in the moment and listening to herself. We hope you join us to hear from this inspiring dating expert today!Key Points From This Episode:Why apps are popular: they’re great for meeting people and exploring a new area of life.Why using apps is a powerful tool to judge if someone is worth your time.What Perri considers to be the best dating apps: Bumble and Hinge.Why she loves OKCupid: they are very inclusive.The importance of using common knowledge to discern which platform is worth your time.Why time does not equal success, but the quality of your actions determines success.Why you shouldn’t pay for a dating app: the algorithm favors active users. Why you need to start with asking what you want.The two-fold process of finding out what you want: journaling, going for solo walks. The pros and cons of a post-COVID world: a level playing field for men and women.How the pandemic has made us all realize our need for connection.Why it is important to create an honest representation of yourself on dating apps.Why Bumble is so successful, because it encourages mutual effort.Red flags on a dating app: people who won’t communicate.The value of virtual dating to establish voice chemistry and banter. Her greatest success story: the woman with the broken engagement who is dating again.Why the goal is not to find the perfect partner but to live in your truth everyday.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Mom, Slow Down!Perri SchneiderPerri Schneider on TwitterPerri Schneider on InstagramSupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
During today’s mini convos, we check in with online dating coach, Perri Schneider, about the pros and cons of dating pre- and post-COVID. Perri’s main insight is that the casual style of surface level dating pre-COVID has transformed into a space where everyone is in pursuit of finding a connection, rather than dating casually. In our second mini convo, Perri tells the story of returning to a cool bar after an awkward date, and seeing the guy still waiting for his Uber! Tune in to hear more.Key Points From This Episode:The casual style of surface level dating pre-COVID that primarily focused on hook ups.How the pandemic forced people to realize their need for connection.How isolated men realized that they wanted relationships instead of casual dating.How this has leveled the playing field between men and women.The positive impact that everyone is in pursuit of finding a connection.Perri’s dating story of returning to a bar after ending an awkward date. Tweetables:“During the pandemic, we were isolated and lonely and sad and we really deeply craved connection and a partner. Both men and women are like, okay, I’m ready to get deep with someone.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:00:37] “With the pandemic, we did pause and we did take a really good look at our lives and where we’re at. Is this what I really want? Do I want to be myself? No, I want a partner. I want to do life with someone.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:01:24] “The positive side is that everybody is in pursuit now of finding a connection.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:01:38]“I didn’t even think that he was still there – that he was still waiting for his Uber! It was so bad.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:00:52]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Perri Schneider Perri Schneider on InstagramPerri Schneider on TwitterMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Today’s guest, Beryl Solomon, also known as Weed Mom, is the creator of Poplar, an e-commerce site that sells the best in legal cannabis. She tells us a bit about her personal journey with cannabis and why she is such a big proponent of it, how she made the move to develop a balance between Prozac and cannabis, and her thoughts on postpartum depression and treatment options. Beryl lets us in on her personal health and wellness routine, which includes hemp dried CBD and a microdose of psychotropic THC, and reveals how the benefits she enjoyed by integrating cannabis products into her life made her see the business opportunity. She predicts a future where you’ll be able to step into a dispensary and find a product for every part of your day. We touch on the stigma around cannabis and Beryl talks about the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is built to absorb the cannabis plant, before outlining the three main problems that cannabis assists with: sleep, pain, and stress. Next, we chat about how cannabis can create balance in the body and Beryl tells us about the thirty brands stocked on her website. Touching on the fear of developing an addiction to cannabis, Beryl tells us that you can get addicted to anything, and that communication and honesty around usage are key. Lastly, she tells us how consuming cannabis has enriched her parenting experience, and leaves us with this thought: there are precautions you need to take as a parent, just as there are around alcohol. We hope you join us for today’s eye-opening episode! Key Points From This Episode:Beryl’s personal journey with cannabis and why she is such a big proponent of it.Her experience using pharmaceuticals for anxiety, and how she discovered natural solutions. Why she believes there is a place for both pharmaceuticals and natural remedies.How she made the move to develop a balance between Prozac and cannabis.Cannabis is made up of more than 130 cannabinoids, including CBD and CBN.How research shows that the best CBD has a tiny amount of THC in it.Beryl’s hope that the stigma around cannabis usage will diminish over time. How the body’s endocannabinoid system is built to absorb the cannabis plant.Accessibility to cannabis in New York and the role of PrestoDoctor in creating prescriptions.The three problems that cannabis assists with: pain, stress, and sleep. The role of cannabis in creating balance in the body. The online store’s 30 brands, which are predominantly female-owned small businesses.How you can use CBD to bring your high to an end.The addictive component of cannabis: you can be addicted to anything! The importance of moderation, communication, and honesty in everything you do.How cannabis has impacted her relationship with her husband: a shared interest, in the bedroom, and from a fun perspective.How consuming cannabis can enrich your parenting experience through presence and anxiety management.The reality of there being things you need to do as a parent who consumes cannabis. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Beryl Solomon on LinkedInBeryl Solomon on InstagramPoplar Poplar on Instagram Poplar on Facebook PrestoDoctorMom, Slow Down! The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
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