Mom Struggling Well
Mom Struggling Well
Emily Thomas, Rebecca Smith & Kate Ordway
Join us as we engage with our community finding perspective shifts that help us move from struggling to struggling WELL. It's not entirely about parenthood or struggles though, it's funny too. I double-dog dare you to subscribe and then tell everyone you know.
#277: Rhythms & Routines
Rhythms and Routines are not one size fits all. We share what work for us, how Struggs are killing it with their rhythms and what we are dropping from our routines that is giving us life!WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Once-a-day brushers + an embarrassing story about Emily’s teeth in China  Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg Ph.D  Pairing activities and starting small to easily add things you want to do into your routine What we are taking out of our routines that is giving us life More controversial laundry talk Prompt: Think about what your safe place would look like, how can you add this to your every day? Rebecca’s tip for bringing a little bit of your vacation home to your daily life Bluebirds, bluejays, random stories about turtles Shows that we watch with our kids as a nighttime rhythm: AFV, Pushing Daisies, Psych, The Chosen, Wandavision, Disney Remakes  Strugg suggestions: pairing scripture with a constant routine, blocking time for yourself, prepping the night before KS: Work meetings, Friends teaser, quitting breast pumping + nursing strikes GL: Apple pencil for lowering the barrier to art, 60 songs that explain the 90s, making a landing into a hang out room for kiddos *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 EPISODE SPONSORS: iD Tech: Code MSW for $100 offCuboAi: Code MSW for $10 offKiwiCo: Code MSW 30% your first month + FREE ShippingPrepDish: Use this link for two free weeks of meal plans SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
Jun 14
1 hr 1 min
Patreon: Priest-Pad Machine
What you are hearing right now is a small portion from our Patreon episode that went out this week. If you want to join the Patreon community, head on over here to receive this full episode and many many more! You'll also get the unedited video version of each Patreon episode if you want to see all of the bloopers before your very eyes. You won't regret it, see you soon! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Are you into: body suits (shirt thongs), shoulder pads & gummy candies. Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids by Greta Eskridge Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids by Kristen A Jenson What's the Big Deal?: Why God Cares About Sex (God's Design for Sex) by Stan Jones We Should Pray Podcast KS: Solo parenting, the movie The Father, kids making bad choices with electronics  GL: Rebecca’s new internet crush @amandavernonmusic, the perfect s’mores, Mitchell’s vs. the Machines *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
Jun 7
4 min
#276: Problem Solved
Why is it so hard to find lyrically appropriate music for kids that has beats they actually like? How can I navigate a relationship with a suicidal friend? How can I help my kiddo struggle well through a huge disappointment? Help me through the intense energy shift (which is just a nice phrase for total meltdown) at certain times of day.  We solve these and so many more listener problems in this episode. We couldn’t get to all of them, but there were so many relatable ones! We decided we want to bring this segment back every month and start bringing on experts to help us solve them. If you have problems you want solved, email hello@momstrugglingwell.com and we may get to yours on the next Problem Solved!WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Insight Development Plan for kiddos to build character through journal prompts We created a collaborative playlist on Spotify: Beats for Young Girls! Advice for having a healthy relationship with a suicidal person in your life National suicide prevention lifeline: 800.273.8255 Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud Encouragement for a young Strugg who is disappointed with the part they got in a play Em is bringing back fake news segments per Strugg request  Possible solutions for nail biting Practical tip to Struggle Well through grief Embracing (not avoiding) the after school meltdown How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self by Dr. Nicole LePera KS: Rebecca is not moving as soon as she hoped, Emily has too much junk food in her face at work, Kate wants to burn Big Boy’s sweat pants GL: Rebecca’s depression & anxiety meds are kicking in, Em is using insight development plans as a consequence, Kate is loving the book How to do the Work *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 EPISODE SPONSORS: Trust & Will: get 10% plus FREE SHIPPING of your customized legal documentsCubo Ai: use code MSW for $10 off your purchaseSongfinch: use code MSW for a total of $70 off the perfect giftBrightbox: use code MSW to get a free add on in your box! SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
May 31
55 min
Patreon: Cotton Candy Quittin' Season
What you are hearing right now is a small portion from our Patreon episode that went out this week. If you want to join the Patreon community, head on over here to receive this full episode and many many more! You'll also get the unedited video version of each Patreon episode if you want to see all of the bloopers before your very eyes. You won't regret it, see you soon! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Bringing back the faith chats with a new segment called Frank Faith Rebecca is deconstructing her faith and separating it from religion Bottom line: she wants her kids to grow to live Jesus like she does. The Chosen series Em is talking through her own struggles with her kids to model how God had provided before and will again Kate fesses up that she doesn’t pray with her kids normally but it happened on accident and it actually worked! We share our own concerns about taking verses from the Bible out of context Rebecca has a new girl crush on a new Lindsey @createdcolorful KS: Rebecca wants to know her season, Kate stuck to her parenting guns, Em resigned from her management position GL: Rebecca is loving the podcast under the influence, Kate is loving yard work, Em is loving her patio time *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
May 24
7 min
#275: Self-Care
What is self-care and who decides? Some people know exactly what they need and others feel lost. This week we are talking about the things we do to help us not run away from home. Next time you are feeling pressure building, use this tip! Imagine changing your struggle switch to a struggle dial. Ask yourself what you would need to turn your struggle down to a more manageable level and voila, you know what self-care will look like for you today.WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Strugg suggestions for self-care What we do to help us not run away from home Rookyloo, wind sock, air pillow (lounge pillow) Homemade iced coffee maker we love Kate has doctor-dysphoria and Rebecca has doctor-phobia  KS: Parent involved swim lessons, jiu jitsu + switch standoff,  kid electronic chords GL: Rebecca’s quiet afternoon, Em’s dry spiritual time ending, Kate’s new counselor *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 EPISODE SPONSORS: iD Tech: Code MSW for $100 offCuboAi: Code MSW for $10 offKiwiCo: Code MSW 30% your first month + FREE Shipping SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
May 17
59 min
Patreon: Cussing and Shaving Dr. Martha
What you are hearing right now is a small portion from our Patreon episode that went out this week. If you want to join the Patreon community, head on over here to receive this full episode and many many more! You'll also get the unedited video version of each Patreon episode if you want to see all of the bloopers before your very eyes. You won't regret it, see you soon! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Save the date for our live event Sunday May 16th at 8PM Central! Rebecca’s ring light failed her multiple times during this episode  Would you rather: Wake up in undies at work or naked in the woods 20 miles from home? Would you rather: Watch a scary movie or go to a haunted house? Would you rather: Feel like you have to pee all the time or not know when you’re peeing? Family counseling to help with day-to-day communications with Connected Families  Em’s upcoming surgery and recovery concerns  Rebecca is getting mental health help! Kate is taking lots of trips this summer, beginning with a stop at Sandwich Lot’s of revelations on cussing Big Sister Voicemails from Emily Laker and Stephanie Ackerman  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
May 10
8 min
#274: Mom Hacks
The Struggs came through again by sharing some of the best mom hacks we have ever heard! We share our own hacks like how to remind yourself that your kids are new to this earth, how to manage household chores and what you should hide in your bedroom to stretch your quiet time in the morning to its max capacity. Make sure to listen to end, we may be taking MSW in a new direction and the bloopers can not be missed!WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Save the date for our Mother’s Day Live Event! 5.16.21 8PM Central Rebecca’s hacks: Wallpaper (surprisingly) from Rifle Paper Co, Swedish ladders, chore sticks Em’s hacks: Calling your kids on the phone, sticking to your guns for consequences Kate’s hacks: Bulk peanut butter & jelly prep, Keurig in your bedroom Making things easy: Mini-fridge for your personal snacks, pizza cutters for kiddo food, sort laundry by person not color, frisbees for kids eating in the car, keeping crib mattresses under your bed for easy access & no PJ’s ever! Making things fun: Picnics, shaving cream on tin foil outside, glow sticks for road trips Making thing safe: Parental controls on your router KS: 3AM purchases, returning clothes all weekend, mental health struggles GL: Verb bars, breeo smokeless fire pit, big boy love & Disney trips *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon BIG SISTER VOICEMAIL LINE:If you are a mom of older kids and have wisdom to share, call us! 203.871.1683 EPISODE SPONSORS: PrepDish: Use this link for two free weeks of meal plansChime: Apply now!Prose: Use this link for a free in-depth hair quiz + 15% off SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
May 3
1 hr 3 min
Patreon: Lazy, Rose-Colored Minivan
What you are hearing right now is a small portion from our Patreon episode that went out this week. If you want to join the Patreon community, head on over here to receive this full episode and many many more! You'll also get the unedited video version of each Patreon episode if you want to see all of the bloopers before your very eyes. You won't regret it, see you soon! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: I’ve always wanted: To be called Amile, get a bracelet tattoo & float on a lazy river Commiserating with Rebecca on how parenting can feel like a prison sentence  Poor communication with the professionals in our lives Update on the MSW theme song writer (originally from songfinch) Katie Rose Stump Lattes that are giving us life: Rose flavored + at-home mochas Big Sister’s Jeanie Russell-Dahl and Beth Tessier speak to parenting siblings Doing Life with Your Adult Children by Jim Burns *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
Apr 26
7 min
#273: Fashion Fix with Lindsey Froemming
When it comes to your clothes, what’s your hangup? Can’t find a style that feels authentic to you? Do you have pieces in your closet that you love but never wear? Find out why in this episode + hear a fashion expert answer relatable style issues that Struggs wrote in with! Meet Lindsey: She’s been every size from an 8 to a 22. She’s a working professional, a stay-at-home mom, and now a self-employed entrepreneur and creator of Fashion Fix who has experienced it all and has the wonderful ability to relate to women, no matter where they are in life! Her experience and journey with body image and style have given her the tools that will empower ladies and give them the confidence they want in their wardrobe! When she’s not styling or shopping with clients, you can find her spending too much time at the Mall of America, chasing toddlers, and looking for the next best lipstick to add to her arsenal! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Lindsey’s advice to change your clothes, not your body Identifying how to shop for fit, not size Rebecca’s experience with Lindsey’s virtual style consultation How to find your body shape How to create a comfortable wardrobe for the new mom Old Navy Leggings What to look for in tops for everyday casual wear: slub, vintage or boyfriend. What to avoid: perfect, classic or everyday Quick way to find your complimentary colors  How to avoid over spending and under buying   *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH LINDSEY: website | instagram | facebook CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon EPISODE SPONSORS: KiwiCo:  30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code MSWBulldog Yoga: Try for your first 30 days free with code MSWCoastal: 30% off your first pair of glasses + FREE shipping with code MSW30iD Tech Camps: Use this link for $100 off iD Tech’s Virtual Tech Camps with code MSW  SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
Apr 19
1 hr 3 min
Patreon: Spouse Fights, Text Thread Jealousy & Gas Station Fears
What you are hearing right now is a small portion from our Patreon episode that went out this week. If you want to join the Patreon community, head on over here to receive this full episode and many many more! You'll also get the unedited video version of each Patreon episode if you want to see all of the bloopers before your very eyes. You won't regret it, see you soon!   WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Are You Into That: What the gush & yes day Gas station fears revealed Have you tried Guava Sao Paulo, black razzberry or orange vanilla seltzers? Navigating as a military spouse Shout out to Singleton Tattoo, Texas Reminiscing on Boyz II Men + Jem and the Holograms Can we stop talking about the bunny butt cake now? GL: Our text threads, Kate’s trampoline, Em’s succulent sleeve KS: Shoe size charts, co-parenting, Em’s sweet MIL heading to heaven *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECCA: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon SHARE THE STRUGGLE!If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love Mom Struggling Well? Please leave a review here! LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Patreon | Amazon *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
Apr 12
5 min
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