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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6 days ago

3 in 30 Podcast
This little boy has been getting into trouble on the school bus.I get it. It’s at the end of a long day, & it’s loud and overstimulating, & kids are annoying & in his space. But as I’ve told Noah, that still doesn’t mean you can use your words or your hands to hurt other people.I have been working with the bus driver to see how we can support Noah in that environment, so one day recently, I met the kids at the bus stop so I could check in with the driver.As soon as Noah climbed down the stairs, I could tell it hadn’t been a good day. His brow was furrowed, his cheeks were flushed with anger, & he said to me, “Come on, Mom, let’s go!”I ignored his body language & leaned in the open doors to talk to the bus driver, who listed off everything that had gone wrong. A peanut gallery of 4th grade girls were listening in & adding their commentary.As we walked the block back home, Noah was raging. He screamed that he hated the stupid bus & he was never riding it again.He continued to shout once we got into the house, until I finally interrupted him to say, “Buddy, I just need to tell you one thing!”“What??” he demanded angrily, ready to retort to whatever lecture I was about to dish out.“I need to tell you I’m sorry!” He paused and looked at me, confused, so I continued: “That must have been really embarrassing for you that I talked to the bus driver in front of all those other kids. I should’ve waited until I was alone with the bus driver to have that conversation.”The anger drained from his face, & he melted into my arms. I hugged him tightly & stroked his hair as we talked about what had happened on the bus and what he could do differently next time.This is my #flecksofgoldfriday because it’s a moment I never want to forget. I wrote it down in my Flecks of Gold Journal that night, and I also shared this story on this week’s podcast episode about love-centered parenting.When has your humility or apology to your kids turned into a Fleck of Gold? I want to hear about it below in the comments! (And don’t forget about the giveaway going on right now if you share YOUR flecks of gold on your account. See yesterday’s post for details!) ... See MoreSee Less
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