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The Mom Hour

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The Mom Hour
The Mom Hour

The Mom Hour

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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

More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes Of Our Partnership

Curious what it’s like to run a business with your good friend? Or how we navigate money conversations, time commitments, and growth tension while mothering a collective eight children? Today’s More Than Mom episode pulls back the curtain on our 4-year business partnership (and 7+ year working relationship) with an honest look at how we keep the love alive and what we’ve learned about partnership through it all. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Sponsor Spotlight: Messy Messy is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, & everyone ready to share their voice. You can record, edit, and publish your show all in one place–this is the start we wish we’d had five years ago! The basic level is FREE, so there’s n...

60 MIN1 days ago
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More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes Of Our Partnership

Table Manners & Social Graces: Episode 229

Teaching manners and social graces is about so much more than pleases and thank-yous; it’s years of modeling and coaching with many shades of gray that bring together regional and cultural differences and expectations, and with a line of sight toward courtesy that’s much bigger than any one dinner party or social faux-pas. Join Meagan and Sarah as we confess the manners our kids are still struggling with, celebrate the areas where things are working well in our families, and take a big picture look at raising courteous humans. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. Epic! is nurturing a love of reading and learning in millions of children around the world. Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: La Croix LaCroix Sparkling Water was developed to give health-conscious consumers refreshment, flavor, and spa...

58 MIN6 days ago
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Table Manners & Social Graces: Episode 229

Career Challenges & Working Mom Strategies With TheMomProject.com’s Colleen Curtis: Voices 41

Navigating traditional employment while mothering small children brings up so many questions--from negotiating flexible schedules to getting hired while pregnant, promotion challenges and where to pump. In this month's Voices interview Meagan aims to answer the most common questions in a conversation with Colleen Curtis, head of community at The Mom Project, an organization dedicated to building better workplace environments for moms, and helping mothers remain active in the workplace, while acknowledging our need for flexibility and respect in their role as a mom, particularly in the early years of parenting.

56 MIN1 weeks ago
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Career Challenges & Working Mom Strategies With TheMomProject.com’s Colleen Curtis: Voices 41

Parenting “Fair” vs. Parenting To The Child: Episode 228

Do we set family rules that apply to everyone, or adjust our expectations for individual kids' and their different strengths, struggles, and personalities? Yes. Both. And it's complicated. We loved answering listener Hannah's thoughtful question about parenting "fair" versus parenting to each kid's individual needs, with Sarah discussing how it works with younger families and Meagan shining the light on how things look with teens and young adults. It's a great conversation and we hope you'll join us!

56 MIN1 weeks ago
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Parenting “Fair” vs. Parenting To The Child: Episode 228

Female Friendships & Women We Admire (PLUS Picture Books with Katie): Episode 227

Mom-friends are a true gift--but they're just one type of female friendship we've benefitted from over the years. Today we're talking about building relationships with women we admire - mentors, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, and just generally awesome ladies. From where we find them and how we initiate a first friend-date to what kinds of friendships we like to have in our professional circles, we're unpacking all the benefits to surrounding yourself with women you admire. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah for another Books Talk segment, where you'll hear our list of picture books we're never giving away - these are the keepers on our shelves that have been loved for years, and for good reason.

70 MIN2 weeks ago
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Female Friendships & Women We Admire (PLUS Picture Books with Katie): Episode 227

More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Pep Talk

With kids back in school, we’re looking at taking care of our bodies through regular exercise. Meagan’s already established a new early morning workout routine with some accountability buddies, and Sarah’s ready to start. We talk about what’s worked in the past when committing to a new fitness routine, what obstacles we have to look out for, and how the reasons behind our desire to work out regularly has changed as we’ve gotten older. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment options and videoconference sessions led by licensed counselors. If you or someone you know wants help for a drug or alcohol problem, counselors are standing by to chat, text, or talk whenever you’re ready. Visit lionrockrecovery.com/mom for more. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy whole...

56 MIN3 weeks ago
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More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Pep Talk

Finding Time & Making Time: Episode 226

Time-strapped, mom? You’re not alone. This week Meagan and Sarah look at time management through two different lenses: first, how to find pockets of time in your existing schedule to make small but meaningful improvements to your overall productivity, AND second, how to carve out larger blocks of time for big changes and important priorities, even during busy seasons of life. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. STEAM learning and Common Core-aligned content are perfect for back to school! Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: America’s Test Kitchen Kids The Young Chef’s Club from America’s Test Kitchen Kids is a brand new monthly activity box that gets kids excited about cooking and eating! Each box includes kid-tested, kid-approved recipes that your family can make together, plus hands-...

56 MIN3 weeks ago
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Finding Time & Making Time: Episode 226

Sports Fandom & Family Culture: Episode 225

Fall means football, whether you care a little bit, a ton, or not at all. This inspired us to talk about the way sports fandom relates to family culture in a broader way–from bonding across generations over a favorite team, to navigating marital stress when one partner prioritizes game day over family time. We also look at the positive lessons (and potentially troublesome ones) that kids can learn from watching televised sports, and how even fair-weather fans can find teachable moments in sports culture. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Force of Nature Force of Nature helps you create a safe, nontoxic, and effective cleaning solution at home using their unique technology that turns tap water, plus a capsule of salt, water, and vinegar into a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant as effective as bleach. Use code THEMOMHOUR for 40% off & free shipping on the starter kit when you visit forceofnatureclean.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000...

62 MINSEP 10
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Sports Fandom & Family Culture: Episode 225

More Than Mom: Being Alone

Recently both Meagan and Sarah took trips where they spent significant time alone--like, alone-alone, not "5 minutes in the bathroom with a kid outside the door" alone. This got us thinking about alone-ness in motherhood: the quest to get some, how we feel about it when we do get it, and what types of activities we prefer to do alone vs. with others. This conversation also leads us into topics like anxiety, fear, loneliness, extroversion/introversion, and more.

51 MINSEP 8
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More Than Mom: Being Alone

Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt with Stacie Billis & Meghan Splawn: Voices 40

From picky eaters to snacking tweens, independent lunch-packers to dinner woes, this month’s Voices interview episode is packed with tips for feeding your family nutritious meals without the guilt. Hosts of the popular podcast Didn’t I Just Feed You? Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn join Sarah to talk about their measured, nonjudgmental, and totally do-able approaches to family meals. This is a can’t-miss episode!

74 MINSEP 6
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Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt with Stacie Billis & Meghan Splawn: Voices 40

Latest Episodes

More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes Of Our Partnership

Curious what it’s like to run a business with your good friend? Or how we navigate money conversations, time commitments, and growth tension while mothering a collective eight children? Today’s More Than Mom episode pulls back the curtain on our 4-year business partnership (and 7+ year working relationship) with an honest look at how we keep the love alive and what we’ve learned about partnership through it all. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that come together in minutes all week long. Sign up at PrepDish.com/themomhour to get your first 2 weeks FREE. Sponsor Spotlight: Messy Messy is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, & everyone ready to share their voice. You can record, edit, and publish your show all in one place–this is the start we wish we’d had five years ago! The basic level is FREE, so there’s n...

60 MIN1 days ago
Comments
More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes Of Our Partnership

Table Manners & Social Graces: Episode 229

Teaching manners and social graces is about so much more than pleases and thank-yous; it’s years of modeling and coaching with many shades of gray that bring together regional and cultural differences and expectations, and with a line of sight toward courtesy that’s much bigger than any one dinner party or social faux-pas. Join Meagan and Sarah as we confess the manners our kids are still struggling with, celebrate the areas where things are working well in our families, and take a big picture look at raising courteous humans. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. Epic! is nurturing a love of reading and learning in millions of children around the world. Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: La Croix LaCroix Sparkling Water was developed to give health-conscious consumers refreshment, flavor, and spa...

58 MIN6 days ago
Comments
Table Manners & Social Graces: Episode 229

Career Challenges & Working Mom Strategies With TheMomProject.com’s Colleen Curtis: Voices 41

Navigating traditional employment while mothering small children brings up so many questions--from negotiating flexible schedules to getting hired while pregnant, promotion challenges and where to pump. In this month's Voices interview Meagan aims to answer the most common questions in a conversation with Colleen Curtis, head of community at The Mom Project, an organization dedicated to building better workplace environments for moms, and helping mothers remain active in the workplace, while acknowledging our need for flexibility and respect in their role as a mom, particularly in the early years of parenting.

56 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Career Challenges & Working Mom Strategies With TheMomProject.com’s Colleen Curtis: Voices 41

Parenting “Fair” vs. Parenting To The Child: Episode 228

Do we set family rules that apply to everyone, or adjust our expectations for individual kids' and their different strengths, struggles, and personalities? Yes. Both. And it's complicated. We loved answering listener Hannah's thoughtful question about parenting "fair" versus parenting to each kid's individual needs, with Sarah discussing how it works with younger families and Meagan shining the light on how things look with teens and young adults. It's a great conversation and we hope you'll join us!

56 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Parenting “Fair” vs. Parenting To The Child: Episode 228

Female Friendships & Women We Admire (PLUS Picture Books with Katie): Episode 227

Mom-friends are a true gift--but they're just one type of female friendship we've benefitted from over the years. Today we're talking about building relationships with women we admire - mentors, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, and just generally awesome ladies. From where we find them and how we initiate a first friend-date to what kinds of friendships we like to have in our professional circles, we're unpacking all the benefits to surrounding yourself with women you admire. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah for another Books Talk segment, where you'll hear our list of picture books we're never giving away - these are the keepers on our shelves that have been loved for years, and for good reason.

70 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Female Friendships & Women We Admire (PLUS Picture Books with Katie): Episode 227

More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Pep Talk

With kids back in school, we’re looking at taking care of our bodies through regular exercise. Meagan’s already established a new early morning workout routine with some accountability buddies, and Sarah’s ready to start. We talk about what’s worked in the past when committing to a new fitness routine, what obstacles we have to look out for, and how the reasons behind our desire to work out regularly has changed as we’ve gotten older. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment options and videoconference sessions led by licensed counselors. If you or someone you know wants help for a drug or alcohol problem, counselors are standing by to chat, text, or talk whenever you’re ready. Visit lionrockrecovery.com/mom for more. Sponsor Spotlight: Prep Dish Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service designed to help you shop once, prep once, and enjoy whole...

56 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
More Than Mom: Fall Fitness Pep Talk

Finding Time & Making Time: Episode 226

Time-strapped, mom? You’re not alone. This week Meagan and Sarah look at time management through two different lenses: first, how to find pockets of time in your existing schedule to make small but meaningful improvements to your overall productivity, AND second, how to carve out larger blocks of time for big changes and important priorities, even during busy seasons of life. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000 ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me books, articles, quizzes and videos for kids up to age 12. STEAM learning and Common Core-aligned content are perfect for back to school! Get 2 FREE MONTHS by using promo code MOMHOUR when you sign up at getepic.com. Sponsor Spotlight: America’s Test Kitchen Kids The Young Chef’s Club from America’s Test Kitchen Kids is a brand new monthly activity box that gets kids excited about cooking and eating! Each box includes kid-tested, kid-approved recipes that your family can make together, plus hands-...

56 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Finding Time & Making Time: Episode 226

Sports Fandom & Family Culture: Episode 225

Fall means football, whether you care a little bit, a ton, or not at all. This inspired us to talk about the way sports fandom relates to family culture in a broader way–from bonding across generations over a favorite team, to navigating marital stress when one partner prioritizes game day over family time. We also look at the positive lessons (and potentially troublesome ones) that kids can learn from watching televised sports, and how even fair-weather fans can find teachable moments in sports culture. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Force of Nature Force of Nature helps you create a safe, nontoxic, and effective cleaning solution at home using their unique technology that turns tap water, plus a capsule of salt, water, and vinegar into a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant as effective as bleach. Use code THEMOMHOUR for 40% off & free shipping on the starter kit when you visit forceofnatureclean.com/themomhour. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic! Epic! is a digital library of more than 35,000...

62 MINSEP 10
Comments
Sports Fandom & Family Culture: Episode 225

More Than Mom: Being Alone

Recently both Meagan and Sarah took trips where they spent significant time alone--like, alone-alone, not "5 minutes in the bathroom with a kid outside the door" alone. This got us thinking about alone-ness in motherhood: the quest to get some, how we feel about it when we do get it, and what types of activities we prefer to do alone vs. with others. This conversation also leads us into topics like anxiety, fear, loneliness, extroversion/introversion, and more.

51 MINSEP 8
Comments
More Than Mom: Being Alone

Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt with Stacie Billis & Meghan Splawn: Voices 40

From picky eaters to snacking tweens, independent lunch-packers to dinner woes, this month’s Voices interview episode is packed with tips for feeding your family nutritious meals without the guilt. Hosts of the popular podcast Didn’t I Just Feed You? Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn join Sarah to talk about their measured, nonjudgmental, and totally do-able approaches to family meals. This is a can’t-miss episode!

74 MINSEP 6
Comments
Feeding Your Family Without The Guilt with Stacie Billis & Meghan Splawn: Voices 40