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The Mom Hour

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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

Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247

When your kids are tiny, it might feel like you have lots of time before their access to the internet requires you to have “the tech talk” – a conversation about online safety, citizenship, and digital well being. And if having that talk feels overwhelming to you, you’re not alone! Only 4 in 10 parents feel confident enough to talk to their family about online safety. But as moms of many kids in different age ranges, we know that just like with other big topics, it’s not one conversation you’ll have with your kids, it’s many small ones over time that will add up to your kids feeling capable and confident using the internet as safely as possible (and feeling comfortable coming to you when they need support). Join Meagan and Sarah for a little-to-grown rundown of how we talk about things like online online safety, social sharing and communicating responsibly, digital citizenship and more with our kids–plus specific tips for how to make the conversation accessible and fun for you as a parent, not something to stress over. About Our Sponsor This episode is sponsored by Google’s Be Internet Awesome program, helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. February 11, 2020 is Safer Internet Day, and Google’s Be Internet Awesome program has made having “the tech talk” easier on families with their tools and resources. To find helpful resources like the Family Guide, explore the 5 pillars of internet awesomeness and play Interland, head to g.co/beinternetawesome. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 247: Play the interactive learning game Interland at g.co/interland We would love to hear from you! Email us hello@themomhour.com, and send us your tips for talking to kids about internet safety

49 MIN6 d ago
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Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247

More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)

When something makes a huge splash and everyone is talking about it, we sometimes find reason to opt out, stay neutral, or even counter with the unpopular opinion. But not always! Sometimes we’re just excited about the latest hit thing as the rest of y’all. Promise. In today’s full-of-laughs More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share our nominees for pop culture sensations we can get behind, the ones we can’t care about, and a whole bunch in between. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Baked By Melissa This Valentine’s Day, send your valentine a one-of-a kind, memorable, unexpected gift with Baked By Melissa. Baked by Melissa offers 1 and 2 day shipping nationwide, and the last day for standard shipping for Valentine’s Day delivery is February 12th at 2 pm EST! Go to BakedByMelissa.com today and use promo code themomhour to get 15% off your next order! Download A Podcast Club Host Kit! You love listening to The Mom Hour – and you love your friends. Now we’re giving you a way to b...

49 MIN1 w ago
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More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)

Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45

Making room in your life for romance can be really tricky for moms. We're often busy and focused on other things, and if we're single, maybe we're burned out on the dating game. In today's Voices episode, Meagan talks from her personal experienced as a divorced mom with love coach Casandra Henriquez about how to create a love vision, put yourself in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing a partner, and how to keep love alive in your current relationship. In the second half of the episode, Sarah joins Meagan to share an honest look at what love and dating as a married couple looks like after nearly fifteen years. Join us!

47 MIN1 w ago
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Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45

Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

Life just feels easier when we have the right gizmos, doo-dads, odds, and ends to take care of ourselves and our homes. Could we survive using the same broom for another 10 years. Definitely. But would we benefit from reading a few Amazon reviews and choosing a really great new broom? Also definitely. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun rundown of products that we’re loving lately the the arenas of home, beauty, life, and style. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: March of Dimes March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes supports research, leads programs and provides education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org/themomhour Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment ...

44 MIN1 w ago
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Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter

From August through January, life is action-packed: we’re on the go from back-to-school through the holidays, and we enter the new year with high aspirations. And then, in the face of that long stretch between mid-January and spring break, things get back to normal – really normal. It can be a relief to return to familiar rhythms, but how can we do that without slipping into autopilot and missing out on special moments with our kids? As the buzz of the new year fades into the comfort—and, sometimes, monotony—of our daily parenting routines without vacations and holidays to break them up, it’s a great opportunity to get intentional about what really matters to us, and to create those small simple moments of connection that are so important for family bonding (even if it means easing up on some of those loftier resolutions). In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah share our own memories and experiences of what can make a long stretch of “real life” both frustr...

46 MIN2 w ago
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Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter

School Volunteering That Fits Your Personality: Episode 245

The preschool and elementary school years provide lots of opportunities to be involved at your kids’ schools…but for many moms the process of finding their place in the school community takes some time. Sarah is deep into the school years now, and Meagan is in her fifteenth consecutive year as an elementary school mom (!!), so we’ve learned from experience how to show up for kids and teachers in a way that suits our skill sets, our personalities, and the season of life we’re in at the moment. In Episode 245 we look at the different approaches we’ve taken, what we’ve discovered about ourselves and our schools, and what’s next for us as school parents in the coming years.

58 MIN2 w ago
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School Volunteering That Fits Your Personality: Episode 245

More Than Mom: Talking About The Weather (No, Really.)

Weather chat has a reputation for being what you talk about when you have nothing else to say…but we have LOTS to say, and we still love to talk about the weather. Climate and temperature has a big impact on our lives as moms—from the clothes we wear and how we dress our kids, to the activities we can enjoy as a family and even our seasonal moods. This More Than Mom episode isn’t small talk at all—it’s Meagan’s and Sarah’s big thoughts on the weather where we live, all year round, and how it impacts our lives.

62 MIN3 w ago
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More Than Mom: Talking About The Weather (No, Really.)

Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us: Episode 244

We take the long view when it comes to feeding a family: What kind of food experiences and memories do we want our kids to have? What’s the culture around the dishes we serve and the tone around the table? And what are the core values around food and eating that we strive for in our families? In Episode 244 Meagan and Sarah share some of the “food truths” we aim for in our homes, as well as some specific areas of feeding a family that are working well right now (and a few that could use a 2020 reset).

51 MIN3 w ago
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Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us: Episode 244

10 Things We Love About Toddlers: Episode 243

Toddlers get a bad rap - out in the world and even here on the podcast, where we’ve occasionally uttered the phrase: “One-year-olds are the worst.” But there’s so much to love about the toddler stage, too—from verbal explosion to hilarious antics. In Episode 243 Meagan and Sarah share stories from our own toddler-parenting years and offer, with the benefit of hindsight, ten things we love about toddlers.

47 MINJAN 14
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10 Things We Love About Toddlers: Episode 243

More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference

Overhauls and reinventions sound attractive, but they can be overwhelming and even cause us to crash and burn before we ever see results. We’re both interested in the role small habits and little improvements play in our daily rhythms, productivity, and overall happiness—we’re even reading books on the topic! Join Meagan and Sarah for a totally achievable approach to resetting our good habits and improving the ones that aren’t serving us as we head into the new year. Enjoy! Partner Offer: Jane Daily Boutique Deals Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like these Wide Leg Button Fly Denim jeans and London Flats that Sarah LOVES) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–-and thanks for helping support the show! Sponsor Spotlight: StitchFix You’ve probably heard of Sti...

54 MINJAN 12
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More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference

Latest Episodes

Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247

When your kids are tiny, it might feel like you have lots of time before their access to the internet requires you to have “the tech talk” – a conversation about online safety, citizenship, and digital well being. And if having that talk feels overwhelming to you, you’re not alone! Only 4 in 10 parents feel confident enough to talk to their family about online safety. But as moms of many kids in different age ranges, we know that just like with other big topics, it’s not one conversation you’ll have with your kids, it’s many small ones over time that will add up to your kids feeling capable and confident using the internet as safely as possible (and feeling comfortable coming to you when they need support). Join Meagan and Sarah for a little-to-grown rundown of how we talk about things like online online safety, social sharing and communicating responsibly, digital citizenship and more with our kids–plus specific tips for how to make the conversation accessible and fun for you as a parent, not something to stress over. About Our Sponsor This episode is sponsored by Google’s Be Internet Awesome program, helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. February 11, 2020 is Safer Internet Day, and Google’s Be Internet Awesome program has made having “the tech talk” easier on families with their tools and resources. To find helpful resources like the Family Guide, explore the 5 pillars of internet awesomeness and play Interland, head to g.co/beinternetawesome. Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 247: Play the interactive learning game Interland at g.co/interland We would love to hear from you! Email us hello@themomhour.com, and send us your tips for talking to kids about internet safety

49 MIN6 d ago
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Having “The Talk” About Internet Safety With Kids Little To Grown: Episode 247

More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)

When something makes a huge splash and everyone is talking about it, we sometimes find reason to opt out, stay neutral, or even counter with the unpopular opinion. But not always! Sometimes we’re just excited about the latest hit thing as the rest of y’all. Promise. In today’s full-of-laughs More Than Mom episode, Meagan and Sarah share our nominees for pop culture sensations we can get behind, the ones we can’t care about, and a whole bunch in between. Join us! Sponsor Spotlight: Baked By Melissa This Valentine’s Day, send your valentine a one-of-a kind, memorable, unexpected gift with Baked By Melissa. Baked by Melissa offers 1 and 2 day shipping nationwide, and the last day for standard shipping for Valentine’s Day delivery is February 12th at 2 pm EST! Go to BakedByMelissa.com today and use promo code themomhour to get 15% off your next order! Download A Podcast Club Host Kit! You love listening to The Mom Hour – and you love your friends. Now we’re giving you a way to b...

49 MIN1 w ago
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More Than Mom: Pop Culture Sensations! (Do We Even Care?)

Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45

Making room in your life for romance can be really tricky for moms. We're often busy and focused on other things, and if we're single, maybe we're burned out on the dating game. In today's Voices episode, Meagan talks from her personal experienced as a divorced mom with love coach Casandra Henriquez about how to create a love vision, put yourself in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing a partner, and how to keep love alive in your current relationship. In the second half of the episode, Sarah joins Meagan to share an honest look at what love and dating as a married couple looks like after nearly fifteen years. Join us!

47 MIN1 w ago
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Dating & Romance (For Single Moms & Married Ones, Too!): Voices 45

Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

Life just feels easier when we have the right gizmos, doo-dads, odds, and ends to take care of ourselves and our homes. Could we survive using the same broom for another 10 years. Definitely. But would we benefit from reading a few Amazon reviews and choosing a really great new broom? Also definitely. Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun rundown of products that we’re loving lately the the arenas of home, beauty, life, and style. Enjoy! Sponsor Spotlight: March of Dimes March of Dimes is the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes supports research, leads programs and provides education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, they empower every mom and every family. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org/themomhour Sponsor Spotlight: Lionrock Recovery Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling, with evidenced-based, accredited outpatient treatment ...

44 MIN1 w ago
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Home & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246

Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter

From August through January, life is action-packed: we’re on the go from back-to-school through the holidays, and we enter the new year with high aspirations. And then, in the face of that long stretch between mid-January and spring break, things get back to normal – really normal. It can be a relief to return to familiar rhythms, but how can we do that without slipping into autopilot and missing out on special moments with our kids? As the buzz of the new year fades into the comfort—and, sometimes, monotony—of our daily parenting routines without vacations and holidays to break them up, it’s a great opportunity to get intentional about what really matters to us, and to create those small simple moments of connection that are so important for family bonding (even if it means easing up on some of those loftier resolutions). In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah share our own memories and experiences of what can make a long stretch of “real life” both frustr...

46 MIN2 w ago
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Embracing Real Life With Moments That Matter

School Volunteering That Fits Your Personality: Episode 245

The preschool and elementary school years provide lots of opportunities to be involved at your kids’ schools…but for many moms the process of finding their place in the school community takes some time. Sarah is deep into the school years now, and Meagan is in her fifteenth consecutive year as an elementary school mom (!!), so we’ve learned from experience how to show up for kids and teachers in a way that suits our skill sets, our personalities, and the season of life we’re in at the moment. In Episode 245 we look at the different approaches we’ve taken, what we’ve discovered about ourselves and our schools, and what’s next for us as school parents in the coming years.

58 MIN2 w ago
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School Volunteering That Fits Your Personality: Episode 245

More Than Mom: Talking About The Weather (No, Really.)

Weather chat has a reputation for being what you talk about when you have nothing else to say…but we have LOTS to say, and we still love to talk about the weather. Climate and temperature has a big impact on our lives as moms—from the clothes we wear and how we dress our kids, to the activities we can enjoy as a family and even our seasonal moods. This More Than Mom episode isn’t small talk at all—it’s Meagan’s and Sarah’s big thoughts on the weather where we live, all year round, and how it impacts our lives.

62 MIN3 w ago
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More Than Mom: Talking About The Weather (No, Really.)

Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us: Episode 244

We take the long view when it comes to feeding a family: What kind of food experiences and memories do we want our kids to have? What’s the culture around the dishes we serve and the tone around the table? And what are the core values around food and eating that we strive for in our families? In Episode 244 Meagan and Sarah share some of the “food truths” we aim for in our homes, as well as some specific areas of feeding a family that are working well right now (and a few that could use a 2020 reset).

51 MIN3 w ago
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Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us: Episode 244

10 Things We Love About Toddlers: Episode 243

Toddlers get a bad rap - out in the world and even here on the podcast, where we’ve occasionally uttered the phrase: “One-year-olds are the worst.” But there’s so much to love about the toddler stage, too—from verbal explosion to hilarious antics. In Episode 243 Meagan and Sarah share stories from our own toddler-parenting years and offer, with the benefit of hindsight, ten things we love about toddlers.

47 MINJAN 14
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10 Things We Love About Toddlers: Episode 243

More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference

Overhauls and reinventions sound attractive, but they can be overwhelming and even cause us to crash and burn before we ever see results. We’re both interested in the role small habits and little improvements play in our daily rhythms, productivity, and overall happiness—we’re even reading books on the topic! Join Meagan and Sarah for a totally achievable approach to resetting our good habits and improving the ones that aren’t serving us as we head into the new year. Enjoy! Partner Offer: Jane Daily Boutique Deals Jane.com is a boutique daily deals marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing. With more than 350-500 deals daily, you can score great finds for yourself (like these Wide Leg Button Fly Denim jeans and London Flats that Sarah LOVES) and your family at fantastic prices. Shop our affiliate link at themomhour.com/jane–-and thanks for helping support the show! Sponsor Spotlight: StitchFix You’ve probably heard of Sti...

54 MINJAN 12
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More Than Mom: Small Habits That Make A Big Difference
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