150: What are YOUR Three Takeaways? // #my3in30

It is the birthday month of 3 in 30, and we are going to party! October 12th will mark 3 years since I launched 3 in 30 into this world. I am so amazed by how the podcast has grown and changed, and how it has changed me as a result.

Every year for the podcast birthday, I invite listeners to share their own three takeaways because I truly believe that every single woman in this community has valuable expertise and insight to share. Today we’re going to hear from several mothers from the 3 in 30 community who recorded their own unique takeaways. I hope this will inspire you to think of your own and share them within your circle during the month of October! (You can even win some amazing giveaways! Details here: 3in30podcast.com/birthday)


Three Takeaways from 7 Mothers

Rachel Nielson is the host of this podcast. 😉 She lives in Hailey, ID with her two spirited children (ages 6 and 9) who are best frenemies. Their favorite place to fight is in the car, so Rachel is sharing three ways to get your kids to stop fighting in the car:

  1. Turn on a kids’ podcast. The Nielson’s very favorite is Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, and they also love Circle Round and Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest.
  2. Use silliness to distract them. (Ex: Mrs. Pretzel Face..thanks Ralphie @simplyonpurpose!)
  3. Turn on a show and don’t feel bad about it!


Sarah Good is a mother of two living in Denver. After her appendix ruptured this spring (while 15 weeks pregnant!) she was stuck in the hospital for two weeks. Sarah is sharing three takeaways for how to ask for help: 

  1. Start small. Practice on a small scale, like when you’re hosting friends for dinner and need a hand prepping. 
  2. Be specific. The more specific you are, the easier it is for people to help you.
  3. Put yourself in the shoes of the helper, and you will realize that people want to help!


Ashley Salisbury is from South Weber, Utah. She is a math teacher, and has three children ages, 5, 3, and two months. Ashley is sharing three takeaways for how to help your child be more successful at math: 

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes. “No one is perfect– that’s why pencils have erasers.” 
  2. Make sure you as a parent have a positive attitude toward math. If you express negative thoughts at home toward math, that will be mirrored in your child. 
  3. You can do hard things, it takes practice just like sports. 


Miriam Torres is the mom to two daughters ages 4 and 2. She is a sexual assault survivor and helps others heal through her company, Because of What Happened. Miriam is sharing three takeaways to help survivors of sexual assault, abuse, or trauma heal in a practical way:

  1. Determine what your “tells” are for when anxiety, PTSD and depression are going to act up. Predetermine how you’re going to counteract those things and remedy them. 
  2. Validation through affirmations. Emotions that are expressed and validated with empathy can be relieved. 
  3. Protect your children from sexual abuse by talking to them openly about their bodies, sex, and abuse. (This episode of 3 in 30 might help!) Also teach them the difference between surprises and secrets. (Surprises are okay, secrets are not.)

Miriam’s Website: Because of What Happened

Miriam’s Instagram: @becauseofwhathappened 


Meggie Hunsinger has three young children and lives in St. Louis. She and her husband met in graduate school for social work, and now she’s a stay-at-home mom.. She is sharing three ways to help kids develop healthy self talk:

  1. Model it for them. Acknowledge your positive attributes in front of them.
  2. Be their first voice in their heads. Point out their strengths often (when they’re playing OR when they’re having a hard time.)
  3. Point out when characters in books or shows think positively about themselves. 


Jessica Van Woerkom lives in Washington state with her four children ages 6-18 and is the founder of Treasured Families. She is sharing three fun and easy ways to help your kids learn more about their family history: 

  1. Use your kids’ interests to help them learn stories about their ancestors. Ex: Use Lego people to act out a family story, or recreate a photo of an ancestor through painting or drawing.
  2. Find things your kids have in common with their ancestors. Point out the talents they have in common with their ancestors. 
  3. Use everyday activities to inspire stories. You can use things you already have to do every day like cooking to share stories. 

Website: Treasured Families

Instagram: @treasured_families


Dr. Kimberly Hardy has three boys ages 5, 3 and 1, and currently lives in Appleton, WI. Dr. Hardy was a professor of Psychology at BSU before she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Dr. Hardy is sharing three takeaways for becoming a stay-at-home mom after having a high- powered career:

  1. Do what is best for you and your family. Ex: After having her first son, she did what she thought she was supposed to do, instead of what her heart wanted. 
  2. Treat being a mom as you would a paid, full-time job. The same strategies that worked for your career can work at home.
  3. Stay optimistic. Things rarely go according to plan when you’re staying home full-time as opposed to being at the office and having focused work time.


This birthday month of episodes is brought to us by InfantSEE®, a program from Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation. This is the organization that offers a comprehensive infant eye assessment for babies between the ages of 6 and 12 months old at no cost, regardless of family income or insurance coverage. InfantSEE® is devoted to helping families and children thrive, and I am just so grateful to partner with them.

What are your three takeaways? Let me know in a comment below!