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.
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
#272: Sibling Conflict
Do you march in the moment your kids start fighting and control the situation? Maybe you play it cool and slowly simmer until you explode like a momster. Newsflash: we do some version of this too. In this episode we share our own shortcomings and listener problems so that you know you’re not alone in the struggle with siblings. Listen for perspective shifts on how to parent siblings well + reminders of the beautiful parts of our jobs as Mamas.  WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Stash It or Trash It: Peeps Delights + KitKat Lemon Crisps We share where we think we fall short when it comes to parenting siblings We have tips on: tattling, taunting & teen tudes Reminder to meet your kids where they are developmentally The beauty in seeing your kids as individual subjects of study + figuring out how to parent them uniquely  Team building ideas for your sibling children The new “go to your room!” from Jim and Lynn Jackson of Connected Families Paul David Tripp: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family The Parent Cue Workbooks Struggs suggest following @ourmamavillage on IG If you have walked this road before us, call the Mom Struggling Well Line at 203.871.1683 and leave us a tip so that we can all learn from you Big Sisters! KS: Rebecca’s still I will praise you potty plunging, Kate’s toe tumor, Em’s misshapen feet GL: Rebecca’s Casely phone case, Kate loves Sara Bareilles, Em is getting a Peloton *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 EPISODE SPONSORS: PrepDish: Use this link for two free weeks of meal plansBulldog Yoga: Try for your first 30 days free with code MSWCoastal: 30% off your first pair of glasses + FREE shipping with code MSW30MoinkBox: Use this link to get FREE ground Beef for a Year 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 5
1 hr
Patreon: Sassy Vintage Stress
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: MSW Boutique coming soon! Vinny Thomas on IG for laughs The Whole Cook on IG for quick easy recipes Em & Kate’s experience with Whole30 The story of Em’s husband “Pie” Rebecca’s fridge is overflowing with breast milk Depression and a serious conversation about suicide and PMDD  Rebecky is mad about ads and is taking her Au Pair to Carolina  Kate is loving hemp hearts + Em is working on her patio in a healthy way Yuliya announced the Strugg of the week *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. 
Mar 29
5 min
#271: Grieving Well
There are no magical phrases that smooth the rough edges of grief so how can you help a friend grieve well? If you’ve lost someone you love, this one will make you feel seen. If you happen to be in a season of grief yourself,  grab some tissues and settle in. Rebecca asks us about our recent experience and we give you our very raw version. Listen for perspective shifts on how to grieve well and keep your eyes open to see the sweetness God provides in the darkest times.WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Leave a review in March and you will be entered to win a Stash it or Trash it item to try with us! The new Better Life Bags embossed leather  Jennifer, Sarah and Katherine’s are topping the Patreon Strugg charts The importance of understanding that all grief counts The different roles we play in the grieving process Kate is working on creating a corner of the internet where those grieving can place messages that they would send to their loved ones. Stay tuned! How to take advantage of moments with those you know you will lose Grieving complicated relationships  How to plan for the eventual grief How to help a friend grieve well + things to avoid The number one tip to help someone you know grieve well The importance of exploring your strengths and weaknesses in grief How to love your family well when it comes to diving up sentimental belongings   How to share your story of grief while being thoughtful of others grieving with you Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not by Craig Groeschel Ways God was sweet to us in our grief Peloton app and hashtag #strugglingwell Killing us softly: Rebecca’s passwords, Em’s career choice, Kate’s volunteering Giving us life: Rebecca is loving her body + exercise, Em loves the show Psych,  Kate is feeling empowerment in grief *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 EPISODE SPONSORS: Ana Luisa: Treat yourself and your loved ones with a unique gift. Use this link and get 10% off Barber Mom: Use this link and promo code MSW for $10 off a Lifetime MembershipKiwiCo: Get 30% off your first month with promo code MSWChime: Use this link to apply now and join the millions on Chime 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. 
Mar 22
1 hr 8 min
Patreon: Stay Out of Hot Water or You Might Get a Fever, Chicken!
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 listening to pods and books on 1.5 speed? Are you into a long shower pre-game? Em is adding rain to her prayer list + rainwater catchers look like this Are you into the #freebritney movement? NYTimes Documentary Kate has baby-fever because of listening to Maisy every week Rebecky’s upcoming science experiment with measuring cups Emily has to end her ninja shoe tiek kick Rebecky shares an amazing Olive Garden chicken recipe Barber Mom classes have improved Kate’s hair cutting skills (use code MSW for $10 off) Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin  *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 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. 
Mar 15
3 min
#270: Problem Solved: Marriage
We talked about doing the grownup this week, guys. You asked for it and we finally delivered with a Problem Solved: Marriage. Was this uncomfortable? Sure was! Do we KNOW that it will serve you well to hear from other moms struggling well on the topic? One hundred percent! Here are some of the things we were asked. “I’ve been married forever and I don’t like my spouse anymore, what should I do?” Rebecky has an amazing perspective shift to share on this.  “How do I handle the wildly different parenting style of my partner?” Emily nailed this one. “How can I make the grownup more enjoyable? Kate took this one (thank goodness) and it’s quite clever.WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Rebecky did her first ever intro to the show! This episode marks the birth of the “boop” How to find a middle ground on how often to do the “grownup” The pressure of your release after the 6 week postpartum appointment What does marriage look like after baby? Things to make the grownup more enjoyable: lube and heated blankets How to serve a spouse well who has high expectations If you are the spouse with high expectations, how to temper them Writing contracts as a family What if I don’t like my spouse anymore? + Rebecky’s perspective shift on this. Date night ideas: Virtual concerts Do teenagers = no sex? How do I handle wildly different parenting styles with my spouse? How do you decide on division of labor? Rebecky is anti-breakfast smells Dogs and red onions don’t mix Em’s new office is visually upsetting Sharon says so Show and movie suggestions: Selena, Firefly Lane, Badla *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 EPISODE SPONSORS: Ana Luisa: Treat yourself and your loved ones with a unique gift. Use this link and get 10% off. Prose: Visit prose.com/MSW for 15% off your first order today.Stamps.com: Use code MSW for a 4 week trial + free postage + digital scale.PrepDish: Visit PrepDish.com/MSW for two free weeks of meal planning. 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. 
Mar 8
1 hr 1 min
Patreon: Fran is Brokten
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: Honest reviews of Stitch Fix boxes  Stash it or Trash it: “Shitake” Mushroom Candy Canes  + Nature Valley Coconut Butter Biscuit Em & Kate on day 12 of a Whole 30 Beware of apple in-app purchases via touch ID  Kate wants her husbands seabag to be a no-see bag Em’s roomba named Fran is in trouble with Priscilla Macabee  Rebecca’s roomba Rosie may be renamed to Herb Kate is loving her free 10 minute workouts  Ways we help our kids that struggle with anger  Fran’s virtual wall boundaries  *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 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. 
Mar 1
5 min
#269: Wrestling with God
How can I trust that the bible is true? What do you do when you’re doubting your faith? What does it look like when your kids come to you with hard questions regarding religion? These are actual questions that came up in an especially candid episode released today. We didn’t know exactly where this conversation would take us and you may very well find parts of it that you disagree with. The great thing is, we are loved by a Father that welcomes the wrestling. The messiness is dialed up to about an 11 on this one! We are just three moms struggling (mostly) well through this hard and honest conversation. We invite you to listen through to the end and pray through the parts that you find uncomfortable, keeping in mind that we are clearly not pursuing perfection over here.WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Huge thank you to the Strugg community for helping us grieve WELL Our three minute faith journeys  Kate’s full episode on feeling behind as a Christian When your spouse does not share faith with you What to do when your faith is rocked by hard questions Homosexuality in our lives and in the Bible What quiet time looks like in our real lives Seamless bible study Cultivate What Matters journals  New Morning Mercies devotional Streams in the Desert devotional  Paul’s Leather Company Em’s simple tip for modeling Bible reading for your children Mildliners highlighters The painful sound of YouTubers Cabaret mascara and primer Peter Thomas Roth moisturizer for your declot The overwhelming feelings that come with a new job Kate’s bad cholesterol and an upcoming visit to a magician  Rebecky’s suggestion to shop around for car insurance companies Tieks Understanding the Gorilla Glue mishap *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATIE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon EPISODE SPONSORS: Birchbox Inc: Use code “MSW” for 50% off your first box when you subscribe for 3 monthsNuCalm: Click for 30-day subscription + their money back guaranteePlushCare: Click to start your free 30-day trialKiwiCo: Use promo code MSW for 30% off 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. 
Feb 22
1 hr 3 min
Patreon: We are all Underwear Inspectors
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: Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales? Sweet chili garlic hummus Rebecky is looking into ear-igation for hearing loss Exploring: Does old age cause eyelashes to straighten? Emily and Rebecky have both broken their cars Rebecky is loving the Queens Gambit because it’s clean and interesting  Kate and Em share tricks to drink more water Em is getting a new luxurious bathtub & her kids are over it *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATIE: 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. 
Feb 15
4 min
#268: Problem Solved: Cleaning
Would you like to have an approach to cleaning that and will keep your mind calm, give your kids freedom to play AND teach them responsibility? Well, I am so excited for you to listen to this episode then!  The three of us have such different ways that we manage cleaning the house. I am in the ABC (always be cleaning) camp which is downright exhausting. Rebecca has genius tips about zoning your home that could not be more simple and Kate has a tip that will put a stop to the constantly-giving-direction-to-family-members fatigue. P.S. We FINALLY nailed down meta in this one! WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT: Scrub Daddy and Scrub Mommmy How to manage the division of labor Using kid’s reward-time space for their to-do item storage Using timers for progress bursts Laundry episodes from the Lazy Genius 1 & 2 Follows: @gocleanco & @house.peace Our favorites: Mrs. Meyers, Barkeepers & Thieves No shade to Goldie Hawn, just to her photographer Who What Wear crop pants Lume deodorant commercial *Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  CONNECT WITH REBECKY: website | instagram | patreon CONNECT WITH KATIE: instagram | website | patreon CONNECT WITH EMILY: website | instagram | facebook | patreon EPISODE SPONSORS: Stamps.com: Use code MSW for a 4 week trial + free postage + digital scaleBirchbox: Use promo code MSW for 50% off your first box when you subscribe for 3+ monthsTrust & Will: Use this link and get 10% off + free shipping of your legal documentsAna Luisa: Use this link and get 15% off. Order by 2/10 for guaranteed standard shipping before v-day. 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. 
Feb 8
1 hr 7 min
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