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.**
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-Hilarious Chatbooks commercial with Lisa Valentine Clark: https://bit.ly/2dXTHut
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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.
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
Are you an adventuring family or a stay-at-home-and-get-stuff-done family? I sometimes fall into the latter category (I love my to-do lists!), but whenever I muster up the energy to take my children on an adventure, I never regret it. We seem to grow closer to each other and make more lasting memories when we discover the world together.
On today’s episode, Chamaine Wallenzein, the found of Wandering Families and a mother of five young children, gives us practical tips and tricks for how and why to adventure with our families.
And if you’re not a hiker or camper, don’t worry–this episode is still for you! Chamaine and I discuss how an adventure is any type of shared experience that is out of the ordinary–and you can totally tailor that according to your family culture!
Listen in to this wise and spunky mama, and be inspired to build in more opportunities for connection and memories with your family!
Chamaine’s website, Wandering Families: http://www.wanderingfamilies.com/
How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott Sampson: https://amzn.to/2NDwcq2
Timbernook (outdoor sensory play program): http://www.timbernook.com/2017/index.html
Dr. Katie Penry’s episode “How to Stop Looking at Your Phone So Much–And Why It Matters”: http://3in30podcast.com/phones/
Let’s Meet at the Rediscover YOU Workshop in Draper, UT (September 28-29): http://3in30podcast.com/lets-meet/
Great Quotes from the Episode
-“The natural world seems to invite and facilitate parent-child connection and sensitive interactions. Unplugging and taking a baby away from electronic distractions creates an opportunity for what is called ‘affective sharing’ – oohing and aahing together over the sun shining through the leaves of a big tree…feeling a soft spring rain or a light winter snowfall on your face.” Martha Farrell Erickson
-“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…he [or she] needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share, rediscovering the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson
July 14th marked 15 years since my mother passed away from breast cancer. I’ve been thinking about this milestone for months, and it occurred to me that I could use music to honor her.
Most people don’t know that I am a singer, and within this episode, you will hear me sing five different songs that remind me of my mother. I will tell the story behind each song, and you will see how they all weave together to create a picture of the legacy that my mother left for me.
This episode is truly a piece of my heart. My hope is that it will bring you hope and perspective in your own motherhood journey.
Many of us know friends and family members who have lost precious loved ones. During those heartbreaking times, it’s so hard to know what to say and do to show our love and support.
On today’s podcast, we hear from a mother who has been there and has so much wisdom to share. Several years ago, Rachel Gainer lost her two-month-old daughter, Daphne, and was engulfed in sorrow. She talks about her journey to “rebuilding” her sense of self after Daphne’s death, and she shares invaluable insight into what it’s like to grieve and what we can do to serve those around us who are hurting.
Listen in as she teaches us how to…
1) Reach out to the grieving family, no matter how long it has been.
2) Offer a specific service or gift based on your talents and interests.
3) Speak with sensitivity.
This is an episode that everyone should listen to–because, at some point, we will all inevitably need to support someone whom we love who is grieving. You won’t want to miss Rachel’s ideas for specific, heartfelt gifts we can send and meaningful words we can say. You’ll also want to hear all about her angel baby, Daphne.
Rachel Gainer’s website: RachelRebuilt.com
Rachel Gainer’s Instagram: @rachel_rebuilt
Ink Puddles by Karin (custom artwork for families): https://www.etsy.com/shop/InkPuddlesbyKarin?ref=l2-shopheader-name
**This portrait was done for a family who lost their baby: