Create more meaning in Motherhood

A 30-minute podcast with 3 doable takeaways
to make your family life a little better each week

croprachel

Hi, I'm Rachel

Lover of practical ideas, conversations with kindred spirits, and my two wild children who keep life interesting.  I combined all of these passions when I created 3 in 30, a podcast for moms who want doable takeaways to try with their families - strategies to help us manage the madness and maximize the magic of motherhood.

Before I had my kids, I was a camp counselor for kids with disabilities, a volunteer in an orphanage in El Salvador, and a high school English teacher. Then my husband and I struggled with infertility and went through the adoption process and IVF to get our two miracle babies.

After all of my experiences working with children, and after my long fight to become a mother, I truly believed that I would thrive as a mom from day one.

Let's just say my transition to motherhood was a little rougher than I had imagined...

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This is a story about the power of making an introduction. It is one of the most precious experiences of my life.
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When I was in 10th grade, I noticed a boy in my English class whom I’d never seen before. He was incredibly shy & never looked up from his desk or said a word to anyone. I asked around & heard that he was an 8th grader who was so smart that he needed to come to the high school for advanced English. No one really knew his name or anything about him.
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One day as I walked into class, I stopped by his desk & stuck out my hand. “Hi, I’m Rachel,” I said. He didn’t really look up, & he didn’t say a word, but he timidly shook my hand.
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The next day as I hurried into class, I noticed that his hand was on his desk & it twitched slightly when he saw me. That’s when it dawned on me: he was waiting to shake my hand again!
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So we shook hands. And that became our tradition. Every day I walked into class with a “hello, Brian” & a handshake. Eventually he started saying hello back. He started looking up, not just at me during our brief greetings, but at other students in the class. He seemed to get more comfortable with all of us.
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The next year, Brian came to the high school as a full-time student. Every time we saw each other, we would shake hands.
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My senior year, I was handing out flyers as a volunteer at Parent Night, when a mom & dad approached me, smiling. I had never seen them before. Then the mom said, “Hi, Rachel. We are Brian’s parents, & we just need to shake your hand!”
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They went on to tell me how much I had impacted their son’s life, simply by noticing him & making an introduction. I was floored. I hadn’t known that such a small thing was making such a big difference.
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At the end of that year, Brian came to watch me perform in our HS musical. He gave me flowers & asked his mom to take our photo shaking hands. 😍
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I only share this precious memory because I think it captures perfectly the point of this week’s podcast: When we teach our children to notice others and show them respect through a warm introduction, we are empowering them to make a difference in the world—a difference that can be as small & simple as a daily handshake.
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6 days ago

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I have always loved this photo of my son, Noah, and his birthparents. 😍 There is something so powerful about sharing a book with the people we love.
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In this week’s episode, which features 12 women sharing their *own* three motherhood takeaways, a mama named Mary shared “Ways to Use Stories to Manage Young Children.” Her ideas are gold!
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1) If your child is crying inconsolably or having a tantrum, don’t say a word—just grab a book, sit down next to them, and start reading. (I tried it this week, and it really works!!🙌🏻)
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2) Instead of saying “Time for bed!” start bedtime with “What book do you want to read tonight?” Read a few pages at a time to motivate different steps of the bedtime routine.
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3) If you are stuck in a line or a waiting room without a book, make up a story. (Hint: Use the format of creating a character, giving them a dream/a problem, and then finding a resolution.)
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Brilliant, right?? You will hear takeaways on eleven other topics if you listen to the episode. So go do it!
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How have you used stories within your own parenting? I’d love to know!
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1 week ago

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Every month, I send out an email with ALL of the takeaways from the past four weeks’ episodes! It’s like a Cliffs notes of awesome parenting strategies, and I love it. I know you will too!
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October’s email (which also includes a sheet of all 36 takeaways from the #my3in30 compilation episode) will go out tomorrow! So hurry and sign up! Like, now! Stop scrolling and click the link in my profile to go to my website.
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Thank you for being part of this community, and I sincerely hope this resource helps you. 💜
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2 weeks ago

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“At first, as I tried to come up with #my3in30, I felt like I was not an expert on anything! But after going through a few days of mom life, I found myself having a lot of ‘Aha! I am an expert’ moments. It was very self-validating. I found new confidence in my parenting and life journey. So thank you for inviting your listeners to do this challenge.” -Sarah
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This email from a listener truly made my day. I hope many of you mothers had a similar experience as you thought about your own three takeaways for the 1st Birthday of 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms podcast.
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YES, you are experts when it comes to your own passions, gifts, and/or children. We all have so much to share with each other!
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This week’s episode is a super unique and fun one: Hear 12 moms share their three takeaways from #my3in30! The topics are varied and the wisdom is inspiring. You will love hearing so many different voices and experiences!
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After you’ve listened, come back and tell me what you learned and what stood out to you. That’s my favorite part of Mondays—hearing from you.
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And many thanks to the 150+ women who participated in the birthday celebration! I love and appreciate each of you!
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3 weeks ago

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Have you ever been a little bit jealous, even of a good friend? I’m guessing the answer is YES because most of us face jealousy to varying degrees and in various forms throughout our lives.
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In this episode, I talk openly with my dear friend and podcasting colleague, Monica Packer of @aboutprogress, about how we have both been jealous of each other at different times–and what we’ve decided to *do* with that emotion.
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Monica shares three “dive deep” questions to ask yourself if you recognize that you’re feeling jealous and if you want to use that feeling to become a better person and friend. (Yes, it’s possible!)
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Don’t miss this honest, heartfelt episode, and once you’ve listened (or if you have already!) let us know below what it made you think about in your own life!
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