It’s the week before Mother’s Day, so it only seemed appropriate that I air an encore episode about the woman who has impacted me the most: my own amazing mother. I originally aired this episode last July to honor my mom on the 15th anniversary of her passing away from breast cancer.
I do want to acknowledge before this episode starts that I know Mother’s Day can be a complicated holiday for many women. Some of us love the opportunity to have a little bit of extra pampering and spoiling; but for others, Mother’s Day brings feelings of guilt about the ways we feel like we’re falling short as mothers—or it brings feelings of sadness or even anger if our relationship with our own mothers is different than what we would like. Maybe we weren’t raised in loving homes, and the sting can be felt even more deeply on Mother’s Day.
I know that not every woman listening was lucky enough to be raised by a mother like mine. And next week on the show— my first week back from my “pause”— I’m interviewing an incredible woman about how to be a loving mother even if you weren’t raised by one.
I hope that you’ll come back next week to hear that inspiring episode, and that hearing about my mother today can encourage you and give you some ideas of small and simple ways that you can make a profound difference to your children—not by being a perfect mother, but just by being a mother who celebrates your children’s gifts and loves them without conditions. That’s who my mother was, and I’m so honored to share her with you today.
Journaling has always been extremely important to me, but in the past year, as I’ve gotten super busy with the podcast, I have neglected this hobby that gives me joy and peace. I purposely chose this episode to air as an “encore” because I need the reminder of how important it is to reflect on and record the experiences we are having as mothers. I am recommitting to journaling, even in my busiest seasons!
The guest is my little sister, Laura Webb–a mother of two young children (with another due any day!) and a Chemistry and Math teacher. She does not consider herself a writer, but she is a diligent journal keeper, and in this episode, she shares 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…
- Use technology to help us capture memories
- Find routine times or triggers to remind us to journal
- Remember that something is better than nothing when it comes to documenting our lives
What are your best ideas for keeping records of your motherhood experience? Please share them in the comments or on Instagram @3in30podcast. We want to learn from you!
How to Journal as a Busy Mom (Rachel’s article for Power of Moms)
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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In this modern era when many of us have cameras in our pockets at every moment of the day, we take a lot of photos of our children. The storage on our phones is full, and the children in our homes are sick of being little on-demand models.
But we want the memories! We want to capture their cute little faces! How can we document our family life without torturing our children and driving ourselves crazy in the process??
It’s possible, and professional photographer and mother of three Rebecca Sior is on the podcast today to teach us HOW.
This interview is full of practical takeaways that will shift your perspective about which photos are worth taking—and how to get those photos in the most painless ways possible.
A perfect episode as we head into all the memory-making of the holidays. Don’t miss it! Search for ‘3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms’ in your favorite podcast app, or listen via my website: 3in30podcast.com.
Rebecca’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebeccasiorphoto/
Rebecca’s Website: https://www.rebeccasiorphoto.com/
***Get tickets for my “Declutter your Motherhood” workshop in Boise and Twin Falls! 3in30podcast.com/workshops
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 together.
On today’s episode, Chamaine Wallenzein, the found of Wandering Families and a mother of five young children, gives us practical tips and tricks for how and why to adventure with our families.
And if you’re not a hiker or camper, don’t worry–this episode is still for you! Chamaine and I discuss how an adventure is any type of shared experience that is out of the ordinary–and you can totally tailor that according to your family culture!
Listen in to this wise and spunky mama, and be inspired to build in more opportunities for connection and memories with your family!
Chamaine’s website, Wandering Families: http://www.wanderingfamilies.com/
How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott Sampson: https://amzn.to/2NDwcq2
Timbernook (outdoor sensory play program): http://www.timbernook.com/2017/index.html
Dr. Katie Penry’s episode “How to Stop Looking at Your Phone So Much–And Why It Matters”: https://3in30podcast.com/phones/
Let’s Meet at the Rediscover YOU Workshop in Draper, UT (September 28-29): https://3in30podcast.com/lets-meet/
Great Quotes from the Episode
-“The natural world seems to invite and facilitate parent-child connection and sensitive interactions. Unplugging and taking a baby away from electronic distractions creates an opportunity for what is called ‘affective sharing’ – oohing and aahing together over the sun shining through the leaves of a big tree…feeling a soft spring rain or a light winter snowfall on your face.” Martha Farrell Erickson
-“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…he [or she] needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share, rediscovering the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson