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The Mom Hour

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The Mom Hour
The Mom Hour

The Mom Hour

Life, Listened

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The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

Latest Episodes

Reading & Literacy Tips by Age & Stage

Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood's many seasons. We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don't like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers' book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up.

54 MIN3 days ago
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Reading & Literacy Tips by Age & Stage

Tips For Starting (Elementary & Middle) School: Episode 221

Sarah has a new middle schooler and needs all the tips, which Meagan is happy to share. And many of you are launching new kinders or early elementary kids this year, something the two of us have done a combined eight times (!!). In Episode 221 Sarah leads a pep talk with tips for parents with kids starting elementary school and Meagan takes a turn with advice about middle and high school.

49 MIN6 days ago
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Tips For Starting (Elementary & Middle) School: Episode 221

More Than Mom: For The Love Of Libraries

Do you remember the libraries of your past? We do. In fact, we have enough to say about the transformative power of libraries to fill an entire More Than Mom episode! From our earliest library memories (grouchy Mrs. Young!), to junior high school library adventures (that book was NOT appropriate for 11-year-old Meagan), to an accidental nap in dreary old England, we look back at our lives through the stacks.

50 MIN1 weeks ago
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More Than Mom: For The Love Of Libraries

Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220

Donating used items, keeping track of library books, getting kids to put their own clean clothes away, and staying on top of the monthly budget: These are a few of the home management / life / adulting systems that are working well in our homes right now. In this episode we talk about what's working and why, how these systems necessarily change (and how nothing works well forever), and which areas of our home lives due for a system overhaul.

53 MIN1 weeks ago
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Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220

Mothering & Running A Business Through Chronic Illness With Amy Clark: Voices 39

Imagine you're a mom of two, successful entrepreneur, and self-confessed Type A personality...and then you find out that you have a chronic condition that will cause you to be in pain and sap your energy--daily--possibly for the rest of your life. How would you react? What would you let go of? And how would you re-adjust expectations of yourself and the world around you in order to continue to thrive in your new reality? That's the journey that today's guest, Amy Clark, faced. The founder of MomAdvice.com, Amy is a 16-year veteran of digital publishing, and for years really seemed to Do All The Things. Two and a half years ago, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a chronic condition that affects the connective tissue in her body, and everything changed. In this inspiring episode Amy shares how she's dealt with her diagnosis and her "new normal" and how her condition has forced her to let go of things that don't really matter and instead focus on her priorities - which inc...

63 MIN2 weeks ago
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Mothering & Running A Business Through Chronic Illness With Amy Clark: Voices 39

Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219

The fear of missing out is real, and it preys on new moms in particular. Whether your FOMO flares up when you see other moms’ lives play out on Instagram, or you feel it most when it seems like everyone else’s kid is on a path to greatness, we can relate (and we’ve been there). In this episode, Meagan and Sarah look at the types of FOMO that come with motherhood, how we’ve personally experienced them, and how we’ve learned to manage the fear of missing out. Join us! This episode is part of a collaboration with Coffee + Crumbs. Be sure to listen to their episode on the same topic here. Welcome, Coffee + Crumbs Listeners! If you’re here for the first time after listening to the Coffee + Crumbs podcast take on How We Do: Motherhood + FOMO this week, welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. Check out this page just for new listeners This is a recent episode we’re particularly proud of One of our most popular episodes is the one where we talk about #MomFails Sarah was a guest on C+C ...

64 MIN2 weeks ago
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Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219

More Than Mom: The Lives We Didn’t Lead

Remember Sliding Doors? Today's episode asks the question: "Where would we be if...". Meagan and Sarah talk about the points in our lives where different decisions might have led us down dramatically different paths, and imagine what life would be like in these hypothetical alternate realities.

50 MIN3 weeks ago
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More Than Mom: The Lives We Didn’t Lead

Let’s Talk About “Sharenting”: Episode 218

Concerns over safety and privacy are one thing (and worth discussing), but what about the broader implications of kids growing up with a digital identity shaped by their parents long before they were old enough to have a say? This week Meagan and Sarah talk about how we make decisions about what to share online (and on the podcast) about our own kids and how things shift as kids get older and technology evolves; we also tackle a few listener questions on the topic of "sharenting" from moms of younger kids.

52 MIN3 weeks ago
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Let’s Talk About “Sharenting”: Episode 218

Throwbacks & TimeHops (Why Looking Back Matters): Episode 217

On this day in history, where were we? One year Sarah was stuck inside with littles in 115-degree Arizona heat; another year Meagan was directing her kids in a play. One July day many years ago, Meagan’s four boys all fit on the same park swing; on another, more recent one Sarah sent a nervous kindergartener off to a full day of summer camp. Looking back at photos from the past, we reflect on the phases of motherhood we’ve survived through a series of ordinary July days. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Unspoken Stories Mom, actress and advocate Tatyana Ali hosts Unspoken Stories, a new podcast from March of Dimes featuring real stories from the joys of parenthood to what happens when things don’t go according to plan. Listen and subscribe free wherever you get your podcasts, or at unspokenstories.org Sponsor Spotlight: UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Ready to advance your career? UCI’s Division of Continuing Education offers certificate programs and specialized studies progr...

45 MINJUL 16
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Throwbacks & TimeHops (Why Looking Back Matters): Episode 217

More Than Mom: Would You Rather…

Today is pure fun–a game of Would You Rather…?, in which Meagan and Sarah challenge each other with choices between wildly impossible scenarios. Which one of us would rather have a permanent three-year-old and which would rather have a permanent 18-month old? You’ll have to listen to find out! Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Get set for spring at ModCloth! Sarah just ordered the Belief in Buttons Knit Jumpsuit–so cute! Check it out and while you’re there at modcloth.com use the promo code MODMOM to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more (including sale items!). Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Partner Offer: Sudio Sudio makes ear buds that are stylish, affordable, and provide incredible sound and extend...

39 MINJUL 14
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More Than Mom: Would You Rather…

Latest Episodes

Reading & Literacy Tips by Age & Stage

Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood's many seasons. We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don't like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers' book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up.

54 MIN3 days ago
Comments
Reading & Literacy Tips by Age & Stage

Tips For Starting (Elementary & Middle) School: Episode 221

Sarah has a new middle schooler and needs all the tips, which Meagan is happy to share. And many of you are launching new kinders or early elementary kids this year, something the two of us have done a combined eight times (!!). In Episode 221 Sarah leads a pep talk with tips for parents with kids starting elementary school and Meagan takes a turn with advice about middle and high school.

49 MIN6 days ago
Comments
Tips For Starting (Elementary & Middle) School: Episode 221

More Than Mom: For The Love Of Libraries

Do you remember the libraries of your past? We do. In fact, we have enough to say about the transformative power of libraries to fill an entire More Than Mom episode! From our earliest library memories (grouchy Mrs. Young!), to junior high school library adventures (that book was NOT appropriate for 11-year-old Meagan), to an accidental nap in dreary old England, we look back at our lives through the stacks.

50 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
More Than Mom: For The Love Of Libraries

Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220

Donating used items, keeping track of library books, getting kids to put their own clean clothes away, and staying on top of the monthly budget: These are a few of the home management / life / adulting systems that are working well in our homes right now. In this episode we talk about what's working and why, how these systems necessarily change (and how nothing works well forever), and which areas of our home lives due for a system overhaul.

53 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Home Management Systems That Work (For Now): Episode 220

Mothering & Running A Business Through Chronic Illness With Amy Clark: Voices 39

Imagine you're a mom of two, successful entrepreneur, and self-confessed Type A personality...and then you find out that you have a chronic condition that will cause you to be in pain and sap your energy--daily--possibly for the rest of your life. How would you react? What would you let go of? And how would you re-adjust expectations of yourself and the world around you in order to continue to thrive in your new reality? That's the journey that today's guest, Amy Clark, faced. The founder of MomAdvice.com, Amy is a 16-year veteran of digital publishing, and for years really seemed to Do All The Things. Two and a half years ago, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a chronic condition that affects the connective tissue in her body, and everything changed. In this inspiring episode Amy shares how she's dealt with her diagnosis and her "new normal" and how her condition has forced her to let go of things that don't really matter and instead focus on her priorities - which inc...

63 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Mothering & Running A Business Through Chronic Illness With Amy Clark: Voices 39

Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219

The fear of missing out is real, and it preys on new moms in particular. Whether your FOMO flares up when you see other moms’ lives play out on Instagram, or you feel it most when it seems like everyone else’s kid is on a path to greatness, we can relate (and we’ve been there). In this episode, Meagan and Sarah look at the types of FOMO that come with motherhood, how we’ve personally experienced them, and how we’ve learned to manage the fear of missing out. Join us! This episode is part of a collaboration with Coffee + Crumbs. Be sure to listen to their episode on the same topic here. Welcome, Coffee + Crumbs Listeners! If you’re here for the first time after listening to the Coffee + Crumbs podcast take on How We Do: Motherhood + FOMO this week, welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. Check out this page just for new listeners This is a recent episode we’re particularly proud of One of our most popular episodes is the one where we talk about #MomFails Sarah was a guest on C+C ...

64 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Motherhood & FOMO: Episode 219

More Than Mom: The Lives We Didn’t Lead

Remember Sliding Doors? Today's episode asks the question: "Where would we be if...". Meagan and Sarah talk about the points in our lives where different decisions might have led us down dramatically different paths, and imagine what life would be like in these hypothetical alternate realities.

50 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
More Than Mom: The Lives We Didn’t Lead

Let’s Talk About “Sharenting”: Episode 218

Concerns over safety and privacy are one thing (and worth discussing), but what about the broader implications of kids growing up with a digital identity shaped by their parents long before they were old enough to have a say? This week Meagan and Sarah talk about how we make decisions about what to share online (and on the podcast) about our own kids and how things shift as kids get older and technology evolves; we also tackle a few listener questions on the topic of "sharenting" from moms of younger kids.

52 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Let’s Talk About “Sharenting”: Episode 218

Throwbacks & TimeHops (Why Looking Back Matters): Episode 217

On this day in history, where were we? One year Sarah was stuck inside with littles in 115-degree Arizona heat; another year Meagan was directing her kids in a play. One July day many years ago, Meagan’s four boys all fit on the same park swing; on another, more recent one Sarah sent a nervous kindergartener off to a full day of summer camp. Looking back at photos from the past, we reflect on the phases of motherhood we’ve survived through a series of ordinary July days. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Unspoken Stories Mom, actress and advocate Tatyana Ali hosts Unspoken Stories, a new podcast from March of Dimes featuring real stories from the joys of parenthood to what happens when things don’t go according to plan. Listen and subscribe free wherever you get your podcasts, or at unspokenstories.org Sponsor Spotlight: UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Ready to advance your career? UCI’s Division of Continuing Education offers certificate programs and specialized studies progr...

45 MINJUL 16
Comments
Throwbacks & TimeHops (Why Looking Back Matters): Episode 217

More Than Mom: Would You Rather…

Today is pure fun–a game of Would You Rather…?, in which Meagan and Sarah challenge each other with choices between wildly impossible scenarios. Which one of us would rather have a permanent three-year-old and which would rather have a permanent 18-month old? You’ll have to listen to find out! Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth Get set for spring at ModCloth! Sarah just ordered the Belief in Buttons Knit Jumpsuit–so cute! Check it out and while you’re there at modcloth.com use the promo code MODMOM to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more (including sale items!). Sponsor Spotlight: Native Native makes safe, effective deodorant made with clean ingredients you’ll recognize, like tapioca starch, shea butter and coconut oil–and without the ingredients you don’t want. To save 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THEMOMHOUR at checkout. Partner Offer: Sudio Sudio makes ear buds that are stylish, affordable, and provide incredible sound and extend...

39 MINJUL 14
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More Than Mom: Would You Rather…

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