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Author: Megan Champion

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If you're raising an out-of-the-box kid, you've likely struggled with doubt, guilt, and shame in your motherhood. "Am I crazy?" you've likely wondered. "What am I doing wrong?" You've probably never met another mother raising a neurodiverse child like yours, and truth be told, your mental health has suffered. Host Megan Champion gets it and has a mission to bring connection and support to mothers raising neurodiverse children. Each week, a brave and vulnerable mom shares her story to the world, in the hopes of helping listeners feel seen, heard, and validated. Whether your child has a diagnosis or not, if you feel lonely in your motherhood journey, On The Hard Days is for you. Follow Megan @on.the.hard.days on Instagram for personalized messages of hope and support (DMs are ALWAYS open!). Then subscribe to On The Hard Days and share the show with other moms in the trenches. No one knows our kids better than we do, and we are MEANT to be their mothers!
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"What if we all told everyone what we were feeling? Especially when it's a good thing - so maybe not everything. But what if every time we thought something kind, we just said it out loud? It sounds simple enough, but yet, we don't."
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Chantelle. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The lack of support when living in a foreign country-When doctors have never heard of the struggles your child is facing-Eating disorders as part of being neurodivergent-How ADHD can look so different in different kids-How emotional it is to feel alone in your struggles-Trying to advocate for your child in a di...
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Felicia. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Raising multiple children with Autism-Learning how to stop self-gaslighting when looking at your child's struggles-The exhaustion she feels from trying to meet the needs of all of her kids-Rolling with the punches while establishing your household "norms"-How she's practicing self-love with less judgementPlease s...
About This Episode: I'm celebrating 200 episodes today - join me as I reflect on how sharing stories brings us the crucial validation we need.** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House" is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community i...
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Stephanie. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The hardships of raising a non-verbal toddler and a baby during Covid with very limited resources.-Relearning how to ask for help and take care of herself as a stay-at-home mom.-When everything just feels like too much-Feeling like we have to do everything and letting go of control-Why did she feel so angry all...
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Cathy. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Please shower Cathy with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.Find Cathy at cathyshieldswriter.com!** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House" is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but o...
About This Episode: Today's brand new episode features a dad!! I'm talking with Dad Rob Gorski. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-How challenging a massive regression was for him to process-How fevers brought back the "old" child - and going through the grief all over again-What "survival mode" looked like for him-How he channeled his struggles into writing and podcasting-What life looked like as a single dad - and ho...
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Taylor. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-How she received an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood and what ADHD looks like for her-How ADHD looks differently in girls vs. boys-The process of acquiring stimulant medication for multiple people in the family at the same time.-How hard it is to leave the house as a family - always preparing for the worst-case scenari...
After a hiatus, we're back, my friends! I'm thrilled to be pushing out new episodes to you starting TOMORROW and every Monday after that. **You're invited to the Mothers Together "Open House", a virtual gathering to give you a taste of what my Mothers Together community is all about. Be sure to get on the email list, as I'll be sending out more information soon. Go to mothers-together.com/openhouse to sign up!
About This Episode: Dad Bren was the first in a series of dads to join me on the show. He was so vulnerable in sharing what it's like from a dad's perspective to raise a neurodivergent child with challenging behaviors. I'm so excited to you all to hear what he has to say - and if YOU know a dad who might benefit from hearing Brent's story, please send him this episode! Here's just some of what we discussed:-Frightening febrile seizures-Play therapy experience with a child with severe ADHD-Hea...
"I could only find people talking about all the negatives or all the positives. There was no middle ground."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Courtney. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-What apraxia of speech looked like in her child-Loneliness during the postnatal depression period-How she handled judgmental comments from others-Finding a balance of what to share and how to share it to c...
"It's not about being a perfect parent - it's about being a reflective parent."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Hannah. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Learning about yourself as a neurodivergent mom to help understand your child-How challenging it is to advocate for your child-Transitions can be so tough - how she handles them-Repairing with your child (often)-How therapy (and EMDR) h...
"I could do it all, but I deserve to not have to."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Caroline. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Life as a military spouse during deployment-Sensory struggles, feeding disorders, and Autism-Infancy trauma (sick with RSV, traumatic birth) - how does that fit with who a child is?-Facing your own mental health struggles as a mental health professional-What is C...
"He gets into almost life-ending harm often...there's a whole list of behaviors that are just really scary."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Vanessa. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-What behaviors are caused by genetic mutations vs. Autism/ADHD, etc?-Constantly monitoring her child's heart health and the stress that causes-How a service dog has vastly improved their home-The stress of ...
"You have to look for the joy....it is there, it can be found. But you have to look for it - it's easy to miss if you don't."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Brittney. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Severe sensory issues around food when her child was a toddler and started feeding therapy-Bowel issues and not taking basic bodily functions for granted-The importance of finding the righ...
"I had to grieve the loss of the life I thought we were going to have."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Jeannie. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Jeannie shares her personal journey of struggling with infertility and having five children, three of whom have been diagnosed with neurodiversity, including a rare genetic condition called Apert Syndrome. -The importance of having a supp...
"There's going to be a lot of negative...you have to find your own positive."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Whitney. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The impact of the pandemic on her son's therapy and evaluations-The need for accessible resources, therapies, and emotional support groups for families with children on the autism spectrum-The role of therapy for Whitney in buildin...
"Our brains will always find the junk aisle of thoughts." About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Lisa. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Growing up with a neurodivergent sibling-What it's like in the early years with a "hit the ground running" mentality, trying various approaches, programs, and therapies through trial and error.-How her fear and sadness were often suppressed by staying busy a...
"Safety cannot be the reason why a place is not a good fit."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Lauren. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The realization that not everyone is on your team-How daycare settings can have a lack of safety protocols and understanding from educators about neurodivergent children.-The use of correct educational terminology to effectively communicate a child's need...
About This Episode: Happy Belated Mother's Day, my friends. This is a different sort of episode - in fact, it's taken from my Sunday Night Share Instagram Live, which turned into a bit of a therapy session for all of us. If Mother's Day brings lots of mixed feelings, this is the episode for you.Please share this episode with a mom who needs to hear this message!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is...
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Christina Stawowy

Wow! This episode resonates home. Thank you Jill for sharing your experience. Megan as always you continue to bring forward information and transparency on our stuggles with parenting.

Mar 9th
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H Yi

can we be in the same tribe, please? I have a 7yo "out of box" boy and I'm trying to be the parent he needs without any examples or others to talk to about it. I connect to everything in this episode.

Dec 25th
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