087: My 3 in 30: How to Find JOY with Your Children this Summer // Molly Callister, Elisa Hunter, Julie Tobi

In this week’s episode, you will hear from three amazing mothers, all with unique life experiences, who are going to help us feel excited and encouraged to have fun with our children this summer:

Molly Callister is a stay-at-home mom, travel enthusiast and writer of a family travel blog called Exploring Through Life. Molly and her family manage to travel at least once a month, and they have taken their two young children to 20 states and soon-to-be 10 countries, including Cuba. This is all on one income and without any special time off! Today she is sharing how to have more meaningful travel with your family this summer

  1. A family trip with kids will never look like a trip without kids, and that’s okay. Be careful to balance their moods, interests and abilities when you schedule your days.
  2. It’s okay if your kids don’t remember their trip. The experiences your kids have while traveling shape their worldview and enrich the way they are learning and growing. 
  3. Incorporate things that your children love to do into your vacation planning. Do they love riding bikes? Hiking? Trains? 
Molly’s blog: Exploring Through Life, where she shares travel inspiration, destination guides and family travel tips.
Molly’s Instagram: @exploringthroughlife

 

 Elisa Hunter lives in Austin, Texas with her three children and one on the way. Elisa is passionate that we can each tailor motherhood to fit us as individuals. Her field is positive psychology, and today she shares about “job crafting”  your motherhood– the process of redefining and re-imagining your job to make it more enjoyable
  1. Identify your values, strengths, and passions. Make a list: what do you value? What do you consider to be most important in this life? What are you passionate about?
  2. Task craft: tailor your job as a mother to incorporate more of your strengths. (Doing more of what you enjoy and less of what you don’t.)
  3. Cognitive craft: if you can’t change the task, then perhaps you can change the way you think about it.
Elisa’s website for whole food, no sugar baking mixeswww.true-treats.com

Julie Tobi is the creator of The Birth Journal, a guided journal for moms to write their birth story. She is also a life coach focusing on career pivots. She has a Masters degree in counseling and deep appreciation for growth and development. Today she is sharing three subtle shifts and tips to help increase mindfulness in our kids.

  1. Shift how we talk about time. Presenting time as if it’s something we don’t have enough of or that it’s “running out” can lead to a scarcity mentality and feels stressful to kids.
  2. Talk about the beauty in scenarios that aren’t typically perceived as favorable (ex: rainy day). This will help prevent our kids from thinking things have to be perfect for there to be beauty and enjoyment.
  3. Model enjoying the ride, not just the destination. Our kids feed off of our energy, and often we set the pulse in the family.
Julie’s website:  thebirthjournal.com
Julie’s Instagram: @jelizacreative @thebirthjournal

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

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