Create more meaning in Motherhood

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


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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Let me tell you a story about this little stud. I wrote this a year ago, shortly after I recorded my episode with Georgia Anderson (Know How Mom) about coaching our kids through their big emotions:
“On Sunday morning, Noah was cranky. Lots of moping around and whining—I could feel a meltdown coming.
On our way to church, his sister bumped him and a piece on the little LEGO ship he was holding fell off and went between the seats in the car. Let’s just say, he was very unhappy.
When we arrived at church, Ryan and Sally headed in, and Noah and I stayed in the car to look for the LEGO. When we couldn’t find it, I said, ‘We are going to have to wait until we get home and pull the seat out.’ I braced myself because I knew he was going to flip out.
Sure enough, he started defiantly saying, ‘I’m NOT going into church and you can’t make me!’ My instinct was, ‘Oh yes I can!’ or ‘Fine! Stay out here for all I care!!’ But I remembered the emotion coaching steps that Georgia had walked me through.
I slowed my breathing and my pace. I looked him in the eye and said, ‘It sounds like you’re really disappointed about that LEGO—is that right?’ After a moment, he said, ‘Yes! And I’m really mad because I spent a long time building that ship and now the sail won’t stay on!’
We talked through it and found a make-shift solution he was satisfied with. Yes, it took a couple of minutes. But when we walked into church together, we weren’t angry and fighting. We were holding hands.
The Sacrament portion of the meeting had already started, so we waited on the couch out in the hall. He put his head in my lap, and I ran my fingers through his hair and read him a children’s book about Jesus. He listened to every word and looked at all the pictures intently.
This was, without a doubt, the best moment of my week. I’ve reflected on it again and again, thinking about what I would’ve missed if I had just dismissed Noah’s feelings or played into his desire to faceoff in the car.”
Please, if you haven’t listened to last week’s encore episode with Know How Mom yet, GO DO IT. In the year since this episode originally aired, it has changed the way I parent. 💜
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