Sports and extracurriculars are picking up this spring, and two different listeners have questions about what age to start kids in activities and how to budget for this part of family life. We take a question about “gentle parenting” that leads into an in-depth discussion about discipline philosophies and finding the approach that works for your family. Finally, a busy mom of three has the chance to get help from neighborhood “mother’s helpers” and wants our guidance on how to make the most of the extra sets of hands. Meagan and Sarah offer validation, support, and encouragement in another Listener Questions episode this week – join us!
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Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 362:
- Listen to all our Listener Questions episodes
- Listen to Mother Of Reinvention, Meagan’s other podcast!
- Shop our merch collection! (And, follow the #MyMomHour hashtag on Instagram to catch our team reflecting on how they’d spend an hour to themselves … with mug-in-hand)
- Meagan interviewed Kelly Rippon about raising elite athletes in this Voices episode
- Other episodes that speak to activities and extracurriculars: Let’s Talk About Sports Parenting, How To Be A Happier Sports Parent, Nurturing Kids’ Talents (And When To Let Them Quit), The Fall Sarah Quit Everything
- Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skill (affiliate link) by Jane Nelson was formative in Sarah’s childhood and early child-rearing
- Dr. Becky Kennedy is popular in the positive parenting space right now; Sarah always got a ton of value out of Dr. Laura Markham’s work; Janet Lansbury’s work is popular with RIE (respectful parenting) advocates
- Without Spanking or Spoiling: A Practical Approach to Toddler and Preschool Guidance (affiliate link)
- Sarah mentioned this resource roundup: Go-To Resources For Parenting Toddlers
- Noelle, who asked the question about using teenage babysitters, might enjoy these episodes: Sitters & Caregivers Part 1 and Part 2