Building Relationships

063: Mothering Different Ages and Stages: Tips from a Mother of Seven // Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder of Chatbooks

It’s time to pick up the kids from school, but the baby is napping.

You need to go to grocery shopping but can’t bear the thought of wrestling everyone into the car and through the store.

You want to plan a vacation to spend quality time with your older kids, but it wouldn’t be ideal for the babies.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Beyond babies’ sleep schedules and toddlers tantrums, motherhood manages to get trickier as our children grow into different stages— especially in families with big age gaps between siblings. In this episode, Vanessa Quigley, co-founder of Chatbooks, gives us a glimpse into what it is like mothering seven children and juggling the needs of kids in different stages of life.

Vanessa advises moms to, as Elsa would say, “Let it go!” (as we can’t be everything to everyone); divide and conquer; and seek help through trades or hiring someone. I know you will love Vanessa’s sense of humor, warm encouragement, and down-to-earth wisdom in this interview.

**We are so honored to announce Chatbooks as a sponsor for 3 in 30.**

-Download the app to get start making your photo book or check out their website: https://chatbooks.com/

-Don’t forget to use code “3in30” for a FREE book, up to $10 in value!

Show Notes

-Hilarious Chatbooks commercial with Lisa Valentine Clark: https://bit.ly/2dXTHut

-There are a few tickets left to my workshop in Twin Falls, Idaho on Saturday, February 9th.  I’d love to meet you!  3in30podcast.com/workshops

 

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060: Three Facts about Infant Sleep You MUST Know // Dr. Katie Penry

3 Facts You MUST Know about Infant Sleep

It’s SLEEP WEEK here at 3 in 30!  This week I will be bringing you TWO episodes from two different sleep experts, each focusing on a different aspect of how to get your little ones to sleep well. (Because I don’t know about you, but when I’m exhausted because my littles won’t sleep, everyone in the family suffers!)

Today on the show we have a guest who is a fan favorite, Dr. Katie Penry, a specialist in maternal and infant mental health. She and I discuss newborn sleep and how it can impact the mental health of a mom.  Dr. Penry is such an encourager and even protector of mothers–and this episode will give you permission to make decisions about your family’s sleep that will benefit both your baby AND you.

Come back on Thursday for a follow-up episode from a sleep consultant who will teach us how to avoid bedtime battles with our toddlers and preschoolers (and even elementary schoolers!).

This is going to be a fun and different week at 3 in 30.  Don’t miss it!

Show Notes

25 Infant Sleep Tips: afriendlyaffair.com/25sleeptips

Newborn 101 Course: https://afriendlyaffair.teachable.com/p/introduction-to-parenting/

“Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD: https://amzn.to/2S4VvE7

Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp: https://amzn.to/2USjKXR

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth: https://amzn.to/2LnF6s6

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman: https://amzn.to/2UR7hE1

Episode 23 “How to Stop Looking at Your Phone So Much–and Why It Matters”: http://3in30podcast.com/phones/

Episode 41″How to Really See Your Child and Help Them See You”: http://3in30podcast.com/look-with/

Dr. Katie Penry’s website: afriendlyaffair.com

Dr. Katie Penry’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afriendlyaffair/?hl=en

**There are a few tickets left to my workshops in Idaho happening in January and February.  I’d love to meet you!  3in30podcast.com/workshops

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How to Take Control of your Motherhood Story // Cate Johnson

How to Take Control of your Motherhood

“At any given point, you can say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end.'”

Cate Johnson was a mother of two young children with a big, beautiful home in the country.  From the outside, it looked like she was “living the dream,” but inside, she felt like she was drowning.

She craved peace and connection with her children–but instead she felt only chaos and overwhelm. She spent hours cleaning her big home while her kids watched television. She felt heartbroken that she was not the mother that she had always wanted to be.

After hitting a breaking point, she decided to take control of her motherhood story. She took a few drastic actions–such as deciding with her husband to sell their home in the country and move into a small apartment in the city–but most of her shifts were small. But they altered her motherhood story and the way she felt about motherhood.

Cate has a message of hope for all of us: We can live true to our values as mothers and take control of our motherhood stories.  Listen in to learn how!

Show Notes

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne: https://amzn.to/2LCK2JC

Lullaby Playlist: https://www.amazon.com/Lullaby-Playlist-Dream-Baby/dp/B00HEHXH6G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511810328&sr=8-1&keywords=Lullaby+PLaylist

WholeFamilyRhythms.com

**There are a few tickets left to my workshops in Idaho happening in January and February.  I’d love to meet you!  3in30podcast.com/workshops

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058: What Happened to my Sex Drive & What Can I Do to Get It Back? // Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife

What Happened to My Sex Drive & What Can I Do to Get It Back?

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in relationship and sexuality counseling. On today’s podcast, she discusses three common ways that women’s mindsets around sex can decrease our desire.

You’re going to want a pen and paper as you listen to this one. This woman is a genius, and she dives DEEP into our psyches! Get ready to take notes.

If you are interested in more of Dr. Finalyson-Fife’s work, go to http://www.finlayson-fife.com/ and check out her courses, which are 20% off through Christmas. I highly recommend!

Show Notes

Art of Desire Course: http://www.finlayson-fife.com/art-post-lms/

“How to Embrace Your Inner Hotness” by Leta Greene: https://www.amazon.com/How-Embrace-Your-Inner-Hotness-ebook/dp/B00N7VTACS

 

 

057: How to Document your Family Without Torturing Them // Rebecca Sior, Professional Photographer

How to Document your Family without Tormenting Them __ Rebecca Sior

In this modern era when many of us have cameras in our pockets at every moment of the day, we take a lot of photos of our children. The storage on our phones is full, and the children in our homes are sick of being little on-demand models.

But we want the memories! We want to capture their cute little faces! How can we document our family life without torturing our children and driving ourselves crazy in the process??

It’s possible, and professional photographer and mother of three Rebecca Sior is on the podcast today to teach us HOW.

This interview is full of practical takeaways that will shift your perspective about which photos are worth taking—and how to get those photos in the most painless ways possible.

A perfect episode as we head into all the memory-making of the holidays. Don’t miss it! Search for ‘3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms’ in your favorite podcast app, or listen via my website: 3in30podcast.com.

Show Notes

Rebecca’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebeccasiorphoto/

Rebecca’s Website: https://www.rebeccasiorphoto.com/

***Get tickets for my “Declutter your Motherhood” workshop in Boise and Twin Falls! 3in30podcast.com/workshops