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As imperfect moms, some days we are just trying to keep our head above water. We are the ultimate “Mom Treading Water.” Whether you are a SAHM (stay-at-home mom), a mom who works out of the home, or somewhere in between, we all have our challenges, benefits, and experiences. However, what we do share in common is that we are all imperfect moms. As an imperfect mom, wife, and human, I am exposing myself intending to normalize the sisterhood of imperfect moms. None of us are perfect, no matter what image someone attempts to portray. Mom Treading Water encourages being kind to yourself while discovering your imperfections with compassion. As we learn about ourselves, we become better moms and humans. Thank you for joining me on this imperfect journey. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others.
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SAHM and Working Moms: Treading Water Requires Strength, and Women Are StrongUndoubtedly, women are strong, making moms strong as a mother.  Treading Water demands strength and stamina.  As a SAHM, I know being a mom is not for the weak.  We are imperfect and always will be, but we are strong as SAHMs and Working Moms!Check out our Strong as a Mother merch and much more at https://mom-treading-water.square.site/ Please be sure to join our mailing list to learn about new updates to the savings! https://www.momtreadingwater.com/subscribe/ Check outthe mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join us on Facebook, Mom Treading Water:https://www.facebook.com/MomTreadingWater   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
As a continuation from last week’s episode, here are ways we live on an average income allowing me to be a SAHM.  The following tips are not just for SAHMs but all moms and anyone looking to make some easy financial adjustments.  Please note that I am not a financial advisor, and this is not financial advice.  I am sharing our experiences in hopes of helping others.Rakuten: Rakuten is one of my favorites and a  FREE APP!    You search where you plan to shop, click on that particular store, and start saving.*For examples, click here. You will earn $30 when you spend $30, and I will earn $30 too. Please refer to Rakuten for details.Ibotta: Ibotta is a great app for saving money on everyday purchases like groceries!  Please refer to Ibotta for details and terms and to earn $10 fast!!. *Check it out by clicking here Check out our Moms Saving Money new section on our website at https://www.momtreadingwater.com/moms-saving-money/  Episodes to work toward financial freedom:  https://www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/financial-freedom-podcast-episodes/Please be sure to join our mailing list to learn about new updates to the savings! https://www.momtreadingwater.com/subscribe/ Now on Amazon:  the mom self-love journal Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Both moms and dads ask us how we can financially survive on 1 income, allowing me to be a  SAHM.  Learn our tips and tricks for fast and easy savings on managing our food and grocery bills.   Please note that I am not a financial advisor.  This is not financial advice.  I am sharing our experiences in hopes of helping other moms and dads keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.  Rakuten: Rakuten is one of my favorites and a  FREE APP!    You search where you plan to shop, click on that particular store, and start saving.  Some examples of stores include Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Old Navy, and more! Bonus offers are not uncommon!*For example, click here. You will earn $30 when you spend $30, and I will earn $30 too. Please refer to Rakuten for details.Ibotta: Ibotta is a great app for saving money on everyday purchases like groceries!Please refer to Ibotta for details and terms and to earn $10 fast!!. *Check it out by clicking here Check out our Moms Saving Money new section on our website at https://www.momtreadingwater.com/moms-saving-money/  Please be sure to join our mailing list to learn about new updates to the savings! https://www.momtreadingwater.com/subscribe/ Check out the mom self-love journal ,   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game and A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom .  Now available on Amazon!  Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Confidence Within:  Mothers and Daughters Learning From Each Other My 5-year-old daughter, Mickey, shares her voice and claims her rightful space. She is her own person, and her confidence within has changed my life.  To try and mold her to be who I think she should be is wrong.  She has a right to be herself.  She is not a reflection of me and to treat her as such is projecting my own insecurities onto her.   When I feel challenged or fearful of finding my confidence within, I think, “WWMD?”  What would Mickey do? Undoubtedly, she would be true to herself and remain persistent.  Her confidence within is my inspiration. Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories. Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day. Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water. Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water!
Positive Parenting: 5 Things I Would Never Do As a Mom Positive parenting is not always easy.  We partially learn based on our own parental experiences.   With each generation, positive parenting improves.  Here are 5 things I would never do as a mom: Hit my childrenAllow my children to play around or in water without responsible supervisionObsessively talk about my weight and negative body imageMake my kids kiss, hug or touch someone Let my children think I am perfect To watch on Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@momtreadingwater/video/7129549374673374510?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7009840600867079685Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water!  *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Moms, Say Yes to Your Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health After reflecting on saying no as a way to set boundaries, I realized the importance of saying yes.  As moms, we NEED to say yes to ourselves.  When we say yes to our needs, it is a step in improving our physical, mental, and emotional health.  Say yes to your happiness, so we teach our children that we can say yes to ourselves without it being inconsiderate.  Challenge yourself to say yes to your needs.   Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water!
Friends, the past year has been beyond anything I expected with Mom Treading Water.   To enjoy the summer with my children and family, I am to publish every other week until early fall.  There have been moments my ADHD brain has wanted to do a million things with Mom Treading Water, but I know I need to take a step back, refocus and hone in on my goals.   Thank you for all your support and a new episode will be available soon! Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/cNQYnJo Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water!
All moms know the power of saying no.  Whether you are saying no to your children or your children are saying no to you, the word no creates a multitude of positive and negative emotions.  There is an opportunity to learn from our children by saying no more often.   Saying no is a way to create boundaries and place a priority on ourselves.  Challenge yourself to say no to something that is not right for you.  Beyond saying no,  offer no apology or explanation for why you are saying no.   Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water!
Traveling with children can be a fantastic opportunity for the whole family!  However, it is understandable how traveling can feel intimidating, especially if your child falls on the autism spectrum or has attention and/or mood disorders.    Award-winning author, Dawn M. Barclay, explains how parents can successfully incorporate travel into their families’ lives. Her new book, Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse, will be released on August 15, 2022, but is now available for preorder.  Luckily, we have access to a preview!  Dawn shares her insight on preparing for family travel and ways to make it enjoyable for everyone.   Her book offers hundreds of tips from mental health professionals, parents, Certified Autism Travel Planners, allies, and advocates, it's basically the travel bible for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have mood/attention disorders, but the tips can soothe the travel hiccups of any family.  To learn more from Dawn and pre-order her book, visit: www.dawnbarclayink.com  www.travelingdifferent.comCheck out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water!
***Please note, that this episode contains explicit language and topics that may not be appropriate for young listeners.***In part 2 of the interview with Dr.  Fanike Young, she continues to share her own journey of making decisions from a healed place of trauma.   Dr. Fanike Young is a doctor of behavioral health, a clinically trained licensed trauma therapist, and a trauma survivor. Her goal is to help women make life decisions from a healed place vs. from a trauma place.She is the author of What the F*ck Is Your Problem? Becoming an Active Worker in Healing Your Trauma.  From an honest and open place, she shares her own past traumas and the start of her journey toward making life decisions from a healed place of trauma.  Her book, What the F**k Is Your Problem?, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. To learn more from Dr. Fanike,  visit: https://www.drfanike.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195707616027966 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drfanike/Email: fanike@drfanike.comCheck out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! www.momtreadingwater.com Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/55sKspH
***Please note, that this episode contains explicit language and topics that may not be appropriate for young listeners.***If you or someone you love thinks they might have experienced trauma, this is an important episode.  Dr. Fanike Young is a doctor of behavioral health, a clinically trained licensed trauma therapist, and a trauma survivor. Her goal is to help women make life decisions from a healed place vs. from a trauma place.She is the author of What the F*ck Is Your Problem? Becoming an Active Worker in Healing Your Trauma. During part1 of our 2-part interview, Dr. Fanike starts by defining trauma.  From an honest and open place, she shares her own past traumas and the start of her journey toward making life decisions from a healed place of trauma.  Her book, What the F**k Is Your Problem?, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.  To learn more from Dr. Fanike,  visit: https://www.drfanike.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195707616027966 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drfanike/Email: fanike@drfanike.comCheck out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! www.momtreadingwater.com Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Pinterest: https://pin.it/55sKspH
My husband, James, is the best husband, dad, and man.   If you have any doubts about good men, be sure to check out Single Moms, Why Is It Hard to Find a Good Man?As we celebrate one year of Mom Treading Water, he and I discuss what makes a good dad and a good husband. He is supportive of me as his wife,  mother of his children, and a woman embarking on a new venture.    Openly, he reminds me that sometimes the work and dedication as a father, husband, and primary breadwinner has its own set of stresses and challenges.   Communicating and understanding his perspectives has reminded me of his value and that as a mom, I don’t do it alone.  If you or someone you love might be in an abusive situation, there is help. No one deserves to be in an abusive relationship.National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 by chat; call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text “START” to 88788As mentioned: My Husband Refuses to Help (3 Startling Reasons Why): https://www.momtreadingwater.com/3-startling-reasons-my-husband-refuses-to-help/Single Moms, Why Is It Hard to Find a Good Man?: https://www.momtreadingwater.com/3-startling-reasons-my-husband-refuses-to-help/Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories. Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides two pages for each day. Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water. Thank you!Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater  *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Working moms and.SAHMs both have a challenging but fulfilling jobs of being moms.  However,  there seems to be this discussion on whether working moms or SAHMs have it tougher?   Does it really matter?  As moms, women, and parents, we should be supporting each other.  Sometimes we get into this cycle of trying to see who is more of the martyr or has the most challenging situation.  Whether you are a working mom or a SAHM, each has pros and cons.  We are all doing our best, and what is best for each family differs.  Instead of criticizing a working mom or a SAHM who is in a different circumstance or a part of life that might come more easily,  let’s celebrate it! Thank you for supporting Mom Treading Water.   Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe and share.  As mentioned: 9 Simple Ways to Find Your SAHM Friendship Group8 Simple Ways to Encourage Mom Support on Social Media  Celebrate Mom Treading Water’s 1st birthday from May 28-30, 2022!  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water, and RSVP to our birthday event at https://fb.me/e/37DJVFVWc Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.   Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day.  Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.  It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here!  ww.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter!  ttps://www.momtreadingwater.com Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading WaterFollow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
My children are school-aged, yet I can still feel like a new mom.   Yes, the days of diapers and middle-of-the-night feedings are done, but as our children grow and learn, we grow and learn with them too.    Watching our children develop and mature is exciting.  However, with all people being different, one way to work with one child but not be the same as working with another.  At that phase of their lives, we are new moms.  Fortunately, our children's school and pediatrician provide support without judgment or blame.   We all share the same goal to keep our children happy, healthy, and safe.   Embracing their support and working as a team has helped us do as best as parents.  Thank you for supporting Mom Treading Water.   Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe and share. Celebrate Mom Treading Water’s 1st birthday!  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/  and RSVP to our event at https://fb.me/e/37DJVFVWc Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.    Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day and the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.It will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed. Click here to purchase Sarah MacLaughlin's book, Raising Humans With Heart: Not a How-To Manual. Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Are there good men?  Yes! The easy answer is yes. Moms,  there are good men. How do I know? I am married to a good man and we are fortunate to have many friends who are good men.  These good men share the same characteristics,  including honesty, respect, and prioritizing their families.  No matter how you define a good man, no one should ever be in an abusive situation.  If you need support, there is help available 24/7.  National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 by chat; call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text “START” to 88788Thank you for supporting Mom Treading Water.   Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe and share.  Celebrate Mom Treading Water’s 1st birthday!  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/ Check outthe mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V3PTLJQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GAMDEZEYEVKRREHXPCCH   $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VG3SDJC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_56E8KZ3C24BAB3ZV3YTX   $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family. As a bonus, it will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed. $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.He's Just Not That Into You is available on Amazon. Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Subscribe to Mom Treading Water’s weekly newsletter! https://www.momtreadingwater.com Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Passionate about meditation, Heather Nieves shares the benefit of sharing meditation with our children.   We discuss the physical and mental benefits of meditation we have experienced with our children.   As a bonus, she ends the episode with some breathing to ground down.   Heather is a podcast host of Let’s Talk Meditation with Heather Nieves, a Women’s Empowerment Coach & Founder of I Love Me Yoga. To learn more about Heather and the benefits of meditation, visit: 5 Day Free Breathe in Love Yoga & Meditation Experience at https:www.heathernieves.com/breathinlove Her podcast, Let’s Talk Meditation with Heather Nieves: https://www.HeatherNieves.com/podcastInstagram: @iamheathernieves https://www.instagram.com/iamheathernievesFacebook: Meditation for Mamas & More https://www.facebook.com/groups/meditation4mamas/ Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.  Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!    A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water to celebrate 1 year with some fun giveaways!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Our family had a much-needed vacation, and I am happy to say it was close to perfect.   Even the mommy shamer could not spoil our great time.   If this were 2 years ago or even last year, the mommy shamer stating my child was having a “hissy fit” would have consumed my thoughts and overall experience.  Although, I do regret trying to justify my child’s “hissy fit” to the mommy shamer.   No matter what, she was going to continue her ignorant judgment.   All she witnessed was a child not acting “perfect” or “being seen and not heard.” Finally, I realized it is not my responsibility to take the time and energy to educate someone insignificant in our lives.  My responsibility lies with my family and those who are in our lives.  As parents, we cannot control the mommy shamers, but we can control our response, or lack thereof, toward the mommy shammer.   As mentioned in this episode…Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VG3SDJC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_56E8KZ3C24BAB3ZV3YTX   $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.As a bonus, it will prove the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom to the misinformed.Thank you for supporting Mom Treading Water.   Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe and share. Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/If you have suggestions or comments about Mom Treading Water, comment on our website at https://www.momtreadingwater.com/contact-us/  Check out the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V3PTLJQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GAMDEZEYEVKRREHXPCCH   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
SAHM Happiness (Discovering How to Feel Fulfilled) SAHM happiness is absolutely possible and it is not impossible to feel fulfilled.   Including myself, I have placed a focus on content of not feeling happy as a SAHM.Without a doubt,  those moments I'm not being happy as a SAHM are far fewer. Finding SAHM happiness, like everything in life, requires work as well as a change in mindset.A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list, it is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.As a bonus, it will prove to the misinformed the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom.Thank you for supporting Mom Treading Water.   Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe and share. Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!If you have suggestions or comments about Mom Treading Water comment on our website at https://www.momtreadingwater.com/contact-us/  Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VG3SDJC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_56E8KZ3C24BAB3ZV3YTX   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Check out, the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V3PTLJQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GAMDEZEYEVKRREHXPCCH   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note, that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
SAHM and working moms, does your husband refuse to help?  Well, without question, my husband refuses to help at home and with our children.  As a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) what might shock you more is that I am in 100% agreement! When my husband refuses to help, especially as the breadwinner, he will always have my support.No, I have not set the women’s movement back 100 years by fully supporting my husband by refusing to help. Listen to learn more…He is not helping because we are both responsible for our home and childrenWe respect each other and contribute equallyHe openly admits he never wants to be a stay-at-home dadAs mentioned in today's episode...A Day In The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Mom journal provides 2 pages for each day.  Completing the reverse to-do list in, it is the perfect reminder of all you accomplish in a single day. Most importantly, it will reflect the unmeasurable value you bring to your family.As a bonus, it will prove to the misinformed the dedication required to be a stay-at-home mom (SAHM).Mom Treading Water (The Imperfect Mom) is available on all podcast apps or right here! www.momtreadingwater.com/podcast-episodes/Please rate, review, subscribe, and share Mom Treading Water.  Thank you!If you have suggestions or comments about Mom Treading Water comment on our website at https://www.momtreadingwater.com/contact-us/  Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VG3SDJC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_56E8KZ3C24BAB3ZV3YTX   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Check out, the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V3PTLJQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GAMDEZEYEVKRREHXPCCH   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Instagram: @imperfectmomtreadingwater Thank you for supporting the growth of Mom Treading Water! *Please note, that I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
Amanda Tice is an international curve model, author, new mom & body positivity advocate.  Amanda is the author of the Amazon bestseller ‘The New Mode Code: Shatter Expectations and Crush It at Motherhood’. In her book, Amanda takes you through her clumsy journey into motherhood and shares how she learned to embrace her new self — stretch marks, rolls, and all. With journal prompts, exercises, and “Tice Advice,” Amanda helps you understand what really takes place postpartum, both mentally and physically.  Amanda is a successful international curve model who has been featured in Oprah Magazine, ABC NEWS, Access Hollywood, and the cover of Weight Watchers magazine, among others. She has modeled fashion lines for Jennifer Lopez and Heidi Klum, representing curve models around the world.But after giving birth to her son, George, Amanda was faced with dealing with her postpartum body and rediscovering her new self. Amanda’s story is about helping new moms feel less alone in their journey and more confident in who they are.“The New Mom Code: Shatter Expectations and Crush It at Motherhood” is available on Amazon.   To learn more about Amanda and join her community, visitWebsite:  www.amandatice.com Instagram: @amandaticeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenewmomcode/ Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   Please rate, review, subscribe, and share to promote our message. If you have suggestions or comments about Mom Treading Water comment on our website at https://www.momtreadingwater.com/contact-us/  Getting to Know You: The Family Journal and Game to learn more about your family and record the fun memories.  Now available on Amazon!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VG3SDJC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_56E8KZ3C24BAB3ZV3YTX   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Check out, the mom self-love journal on Amazon.   When moms take those few minutes each day to practice self-love, it allows us to love others at our best.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V3PTLJQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GAMDEZEYEVKRREHXPCCH   FREE for KindleUnlimited, $2,99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 for paperback.  Please join our Facebook Group, Mom Treading Water: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490411995647295/Follow Mom Treading Water:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJgpKp6z0U&t=51sTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3dbnxT/Thank you for supporting Mom Treading Water! *Please note, I may earn a small commission on affiliate links at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting the success of Mom Treading Water.   
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