063: Mothering Different Ages and Stages: Tips from a Mother of Seven // Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder of Chatbooks

It’s time to pick up the kids from school, but the baby is napping.

You need to go to grocery shopping but can’t bear the thought of wrestling everyone into the car and through the store.

You want to plan a vacation to spend quality time with your older kids, but it wouldn’t be ideal for the babies.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Beyond babies’ sleep schedules and toddlers tantrums, motherhood manages to get trickier as our children grow into different stages— especially in families with big age gaps between siblings. In this episode, Vanessa Quigley, co-founder of Chatbooks, gives us a glimpse into what it is like mothering seven children and juggling the needs of kids in different stages of life.

Vanessa advises moms to, as Elsa would say, “Let it go!” (as we can’t be everything to everyone); divide and conquer; and seek help through trades or hiring someone. I know you will love Vanessa’s sense of humor, warm encouragement, and down-to-earth wisdom in this interview.

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Show Notes

-Hilarious Chatbooks commercial with Lisa Valentine Clark: https://bit.ly/2dXTHut

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6 thoughts on “063: Mothering Different Ages and Stages: Tips from a Mother of Seven // Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder of Chatbooks”

  1. I loved this episode! Such great advice and relatable ideas and thoughts! Vanessa seemed like a ‘real’ mom who you could go to lunch with and leave feeling uplifted! Thanks Rach for another great episode! Also we have the same name so I feel like we are besties 😉 you’re doing a great job uplifting mamas!

    1. Whoa! What a small world! When I read the name on the comment, I was so confused. Especially since Rachel can be spelled two ways and Nielson can be spelled a bunch of ways. Where do you live?? I feel like I need to meet my name-twin! Thank you so much for listening and commenting. Yes, I agree about Vanessa–I would totally love to go to lunch with her!

  2. I loved this episode. I feel like I’m already doing a lot of things right with my oldest and youngest! Yay! I love her insights. I think my oldest two sometimes start out with a poor attitude when given a task helping a younger sibling, but almost always the end result is laughing, hugging and strengthening their relationship. I sure look forward to Monday’s now;). Thank you for hosting wonderful guests!

  3. Khaliann Holmes

    Hi Rachel, I loved this episode but just now listened to it. Is the code still available? I have recently stumbled upon your podcast and am so glad I found you!

    1. Rachel Nielson

      You know, it supposedly ended March 4th, but someone told me that it still worked for them this week! Give it a try! xo

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