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How to Love Someone When It's Complicated or Hard Lessons from Open Adoption

042: How to Love Someone When It’s Complicated or Hard: Lessons from Open Adoption

By Rachel Nielson | Aug 10, 2018

This is the first time I’ve ever cried while recording a podcast episode. It’s also the first time I’ve ever recorded while whispering in a bathroom during a family reunion. So basically, prepare yourself–this is going to be vulnerable and possibly bizarre for 3 in 30! Ultimately, I hope it’s helpful as you navigate your own relationships and consider…

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3 Messages of Hope for the Darkest Times: Lessons from Infertility, Adoption, and Loss (Encore!)

By Rachel Nielson | Aug 6, 2018

One year ago, I saw my son’s birthmom for the last time. She had come to spend the weekend with us for Noah’s 6th birthday, and it is a weekend I will never forget. We explored the mountains near our new home, roasted marshmallows over a summer bonfire, and poured love on the amazing little boy…

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041: How to Really See your Children and Help them See You // Part 2 with Dr. Katie Penry, LCP

By Rachel Nielson | Jul 30, 2018

She’s back!! In April, Dr. Katie Penry taught us “how to stop looking at our phones so much–and why it matters.” Now she is back on the show to teach us the next step in this process. Listen in as this licensed clinical psychologist, who is also a mother of two children, teaches us very…

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040: How to Adventure as a Family // Chamaine Wollenzein of ‘Wandering Families’

By Rachel Nielson | Jul 23, 2018

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…

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A daughter's recollections of her mother's last few years of life, and the songs that brought them together

039: Leaving a Legacy of Love for Our Children: A Musical Tribute to My Mama

By Rachel Nielson | Jul 16, 2018

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…

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A therapist explains three concrete strategies we can use to help our teenagers know that they can trust us and talk to us

038: How to Get your Teenagers to Talk to You (and it Starts When They are Young) // Tony Overbay, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Rachel Nielson | Jul 9, 2018

He’s baaccck! Our favorite male guest is back on the podcast today teaching us how to talk to our children in a way that fosters trust and communication–so they know they can talk to us into their teenage years and beyond. Tony Overbay is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist and a father of four young…

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037: Teaching Children to Work Without Being a Drill Sergeant // Danielle Porter

By Rachel Nielson | Jul 2, 2018

Danielle Porter and I have been friends for about six years, ever since I started working with the organization, Power of Moms. During that time, I have seen her go from a mother of three young children to a mother of six young children (her oldest is about eleven), and I have admired how fully she…

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036: Momming Like a Boss: Using Corporate Leadership Strategies in Our Homes // Whitney Archibald of ‘How She Moms’

By Rachel Nielson | Jun 25, 2018

When Whitney Archibald started working as a magazine editor after college, she naturally excelled in this leadership role. She effectively managed her team, created clear objectives for their work, and maintained focus and excellence in her responsibilities. When she was pregnant with her third baby, she decided to start staying home full-time with her children–and one…

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How to endure life with hope, thoughts shared by Ralphie Jacobs of Simply on Purpose, featured by top US motherhood podcast, 3 in 30 Podcast.

035: Modeling for our Children How to Endure with Hope // Ralphie Jacobs of Simply on Purpose and her father, Bob Peters

By Rachel Nielson | Jun 18, 2018

How do we stay positive when we face incomprehensible trials? How do we endure well and allow our struggles to soften and strengthen us? And perhaps most importantly, how do we model this kind of resilience for our children? Today on the podcast, Ralphie Jacobs, the respected parenting expert from Simply on Purpose, talks about her heroic…

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3 Tools I Learned in Counseling to Manage Negative Self-Talk and Unhealthy Behaviorsd

How to Stop Being Mean to Yourself (Encore!)

By Rachel Nielson | Jun 11, 2018

The past few weeks at our house have been so busy that I’ve slipped into some negative self-talk and coping behaviors. Whenever this happens, I feel so frustrated with myself, thinking, “Rachel, you know better than this! You’ve learned great strategies in counseling over the past six years to help you stay in the positive!” That’s…

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