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It’s the witching hour–when you are trying to get dinner made–and your four-year-old son is whining that there’s nothing to do. You walk with him to the playroom, only to find that he has dumped out every bin of toys, yet can’t seem to find anything suitable to hold his attention.
Unable to face the mess of Legos, cars, Magformers, and stuffed animals that are now strewn everywhere, you simply close the door to the playroom and pretend it doesn’t exist. You turn on the TV to keep your little man occupied, and you wonder, “What new toy should we get him for Christmas that he will actually play with?”
If this scene sounds familiar, this episode is for you. I invited Tana Parke, a mother of five children and a semi-professional organizer, to share three strategies for keeping our kids’ clutter at bay. Our discussion includes exciting topics, like:
-Why you should hide some toys from your children for a while
-Who might be happy to receive some of the little trinkets that your kids have collected (it’s not who you think!)
-How to teach your kids to think critically about whether or not they actually want a new toy or trinket
-Why “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” doesn’t work for children (and how you can modify it!)
-How to allow your children to have some “treasures” while also keeping them from being hoarders
…and much more!Listen to episode
“At any given point, you can say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end.'”
Cate Johnson was a mother of two young children with a big, beautiful home in the country. From the outside, it looked like she was “living the dream,” but inside, she felt like she was drowning.
She craved peace and connection with her children–but instead she felt only chaos and overwhelm. She spent hours cleaning her big home while her kids watched television. She felt heartbroken that she was not the mother that she had always wanted to be.
In this powerful episode, Cate shares three small but significant changes that transformed their home environment:
1) Using the five senses to create a haven of peace.
2) Designating a “kid of the day” to eliminate fighting.
3) Structuring their family time around rhythms to create stability.
Cate is now a fulfilled, empowered mother, and she has a message of hope for all of us: We can have more peaceful homes, no matter where we live. (Click on Episode Webpage for links to the resources mentioned in the podcast.)Listen to episode
This week, my family has been through the death of a loved one who is incredibly special to us: my son’s birthmother, Katie.
I couldn’t go on with business as usual on the podcast, so I took a break from our usual show format to record some thoughts on how we can find hope, even in the darkest of trials.
Listen in as I share three scriptural phrases that gave me strength during my long battle with infertility and the ups and downs of the adoption process. Whether or not you’re religious, whether or not you’ve ever adopted, I think these messages of hope will uplift you. They are universal.
1. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
2. He gives unto them beauty for ashes
3. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Hold your families close this week. Much love.Listen to episode
005: The Very Best Way You Can Support your Child in School // Amanda Hamilton Roos of Building the Bridge
Is your child’s life at school a bit of a mystery to you? Whenever you ask what he/she did today, do you hear the lackluster response, “Oh, nothing.”
Amanda Roos taught high school English for nearly a decade before deciding to stay home with her three children. She has continued to be very involved in education by writing curriculum and developing a website called BuildingtheBridge.org. Her mission is to help families bridge the divide between home and school and build strong, effective partnerships.
In today’s podcast, she shares three easy steps for forming a “working relationship” with your child’s teacher. Within the discussion, you will learn…
-Why talking to your child’s teacher about something other than school is so important
-How to start these conversations without sounding like an awkward teenager on a blind date
-How often you should “follow up” with teachers and in what ways
-Why a little praise and gratitude goes a long way
-What you should be asking to see within the classroom
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“The prerequisite to all other parenting principles is to be in control of yourself as the parent. And this is the major struggle for parents. They feel like they are standing on the sidelines helpless, and their children are running rompus around them and all over them…But this can easily be changed. We should not…Listen to episode
“Children are great imitators–give them something great to imitate.” Joy D. Jones Jennifer Brimhall, a mother of five and the founder of the website Raise the Good, believes that we can surround our children with good role models whom they will want to emulate. These aren’t superheroes with capes or celebrities with millions of dollars; these are…Listen to episode
This week my little sister Laura Webb, a mother of two young children and a Chemistry and Math teacher–“not a writer!” she is quick to point out–will share her ideas for easy ways that we can fit record-keeping into our busy lives as moms.
Listen in as Laura details ideas for how to…
1) Use technology to help us capture memories
2) Find routine times or triggers to remind us to journal
3) Remember that something is better than nothing when it comes to documenting our lives
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This week on the 3 in 30 podcast, Candi Kidd, a mother of three young children who reads books and takes courses on home management and family systems, shares three practical strategies that we can use to motivate our kids to help around the house.
Listen in to discover…
1) How single-tasking outloud can help our kids (and us!) breakdown overwhelming tasks
2) How a celebration blitz can ramp up the positive energy and motivation in our homes
3) How to use the tiny habits to make family contributions just a part of the routine
You won’t want to miss hearing Candi explain each of these three tools, and when you try them in your home, please let us know via social media or a comment on this post! We’d love to hear if it’s working for you.
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In the middle of a rainy summer night, just over six years ago, I became a mother.
My experience was a little different than most mothers—I wasn’t the one in the hospital bed that night. I was standing beside my son’s brave birthmother as Noah came into the world.
After years of failed infertility treatments and adoption possibilities that didn’t go through, I was finally a mother.
I often tell our son, who we named Noah Atticus, that he was our first miracle.Rachel Nielson, Host of 3in30 Podcast for Moms
Three years later, this time on a hot summer morning, we were blessed a second time. After going through Invitro Fertilization and an incredibly difficult pregnancy, my second little miracle was placed in my arms.
Sally Grace was bruised and battered from a posterior delivery, but she was here and she was ours.
And the focus of life just zooms in for a moment—for a day or two—and everything feels clear. There’s peace and perspective and happiness when a new baby joins your family.
But then the focus zooms back out, because it has to—because there are meals to make and families to support, and very complicated, very real adult challenges that come to us in life—
And even though you know that those babies in your arms are what you most treasure and what you want more than anything, there are moments when you wonder if you can really do this. There are times when you hardly recognize yourself in the midst of your discouragement or your yelling at your kids, and you mourn a little bit for the happy mother that you wanted to be—that still you want to be.
Motherhood is beautiful, magical, and good—but it is also very hard at times. We all have our own unique situations and struggles and heartaches.
The hard stuff will never go away completely, but what if we could minimize it? Manage it a little better? And what if there were simple things we could do as mothers to maximize the joy?
That is the premise and the goal of this podcast: to give moms like you and me practical, doable takeaways to try with our families each week—strategies that will help us create more meaning in motherhood.
Please listen to the entire introductory episode to learn more about being a part of the 3 in 30 Podcast community of moms!Listen to episode