Welcome! We’re so glad you’re listening to The Mom Hour (or are interested in getting started). This page should have everything you need to get to know us, listen to our show, and become a part of our community.
(By the way, we’re Meagan and Sarah, your co-hosts since the show launched in 2015. You can find out more about us on this page.)
HOW TO LISTEN
If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, that’s OK! Here’s a handy guide to get you started.
If you’re podcast-familiar but aren’t sure where to find our show, we’re pretty much everywhere. Here are links to find us on your favorite distribution platforms:
- Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes)
- Google Podcasts
- Android (this link will open up your preferred app on an Android device)
- iHeart Radio
Here are some of our favorite episodes for new listeners to start with. You can click through to the show notes and press play on the media player at the bottom of each post, or search for the episode by name in your favorite podcast app.
If you don’t see the topics you’re looking for, use the search bar on the right to see if we’ve covered them. If you want to see one big list of all our episodes in chronological order, we have that here.
Episodes To Encourage All Moms
- The Life-Changing Magic of Opting Out (Episode 161)
- 10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 1) (Episode 137)
- 10 Habits of Happy Moms (Part 2) (Episode 138)
- The Myth Of The Mom Tribe (Episode 144)
- Body Confidence As A Mom (Episode 99)
- When You Feel Criticized, Remember This (Episode 165)
- Our Worst #MomFail Moments (Episode 157)
Episodes For Pregnant & New Moms
- How Baby’s Personality May (Or May Not) Predict Big Kid Character Traits (Episode 181)
- Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (As New Moms) (Episode 19)
- Strong As A Mother with Kate Rope (Voices, Episode 26)
- Newborn Attachment with Alexandra Spitz (Voices, Episode 20)
- Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Breastfeeding Edition) (Episode 114)
- Pregnancy & Birth, In Hindsight (Episode 38)
- Getting Ready For Baby (Episode 74)
- Coping With Sleep Deprivation (Episode 87)
- How To REALLY Help A New Mom (LIVE From Newport Beach)
- Postpartum Symptoms & Surprises (Episode 88)
Episodes For Moms Of Toddlers & Little Kids
- Toddlers vs. Teenagers (Episode 192)
- Helping Kids With Doctor Visits, Shots, and “Appointment Fear” (Episode 180)
- Potty Training & Other Bathroom Matters (Episode 156)
- Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Toddler Years) (Episode 24
- Bedtime Routines at Every Stage (Episode 80)
- Ignore Bad Behavior & Enjoy Parenting More with Catherine Pearlman (Voices, Episode 16)
- Kids in the Kitchen (Episode 70)
- Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About (Starting School Edition) (Episode 62)
- 8 Milestones & When Our Kids Met Them (Episode 34)
- Gift Ideas For Babies, Toddlers & Little Kids
Episodes For Moms Of Older Kids
- Screen Time Strategies Through The Years (Episode 209)
- Helping Kids Learn From Mistakes with Jessica Lahey (Voices 35)
- Helping Or Helicoptering? (Part 1, Part 2) (Episodes 194 & 195)
- Chores, Life Skills, & Household Contributions (Episode 191)
- Magical Night Visitors (Elves, Bunnies, Fairies & Jolly Fat Dudes) (Episode 96)
- Raising Lifelong Learners (Episode 95)
- Talking Sex Ed, Puberty, & Growing Up with Nora Gelperin & AMAZE.org (Voices, Episode 13)
- Tweens (Is This A Thing? Yes, It Is): The Mom Hour, Episode 143
- Choosing The Right School (Not As Scary As It Seems) (Episode 16)
- How To Be A Happier Sports Parent (Episode 117)
- Kids & Friendships with Eileen Kennedy-Moore (Voices, Episode 18)
- Becoming Screenwise with Devorah Heitner (Voices, Episode 13
Episodes About Working Motherhood or Work/Life Balance
- Productivity & Time Management Tips For Moms (Episode 169)
- Stretched Too Thin With Jessica Turner (Voices 29)
- How Do I Make Time For It All? (Episode 60)
- Calendar Tips & To-Do List Strategies (Episode 83)
- Meagan & Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives (Episode 140)
- Listener Questions (Working Mom / SAHM Edition) (Episode 142)
- Inside the Lives of 3 Working Moms (Voices, Episode 02)
- Stay At Home, Work Full-Time, Or Something In Between? (Episode 105)
Listener Questions Episodes
The episodes that feature us answering listener questions are a great way to get to know us and hear a lot of parenting topics covered in a short amount of time. Here’s a handy list of all the episodes and the topics covered:
- Episode 211: Creating family culture around vacations, whether we let our kids skip school for family trips, how to stick to sleep routines on the road, dealing with kid meltdowns while traveling, and budgeting tips for family travel
- Episode 210: Coping tips for a mom whose husband travels, our thoughts on whether preschool is “necessary”, Sarah’s response to a listener anticipating a planned Caesarian birth, and encouragement for a mom of three who wonders when her family will all be able to enjoy the same activities together
- Episode 199: Helping a little kid deal with big feelings about an out-of-state move, traveling as a nervous flyer, finding your groove as an at-home mom when kids are in school full-time, and getting dad involved when a toddler only wants mama
- Episode 198: Helping school-age kids start to self-regulate around screens and sweets, navigating an awkward situation with a fellow preschool mom, and organizing the “drop zone” in our homes
- Episode 176: Parenting a strong-willed kid, handling criticism about your family size or kids’ spacing, the first signs of kid crushes and puppy love, and gift ideas for your kids’ grandparents
- Episode 175: Losing your cool and yelling at your kids (how it happens to us ALL, how to prevent it, and how to cope after it happens), dealing with a pinching/biting 19-month-old, and extracting your family from a sticky situation with neighbor friends whose parenting style makes you uncomfortable.
- Episode 163: Helping a toddler with nighttime fears, taking a baby to the beach, the ideal age-spacing between siblings, and helping a two-year-old feel special when a new baby arrives
- Episode 162: Helping a shy preschooler, saving money on groceries, and helping kids learn to deal with frustration
- Episode 149: Setting up toddler playgroups, feeling overwhelmed by housework, and how to handle teachers who don’t see your kid the way you do
- Episode 135: A toddler who won’t stay in his room at bedtime, a seven-year-old with a fibbing habit, what to do with a busy toddler while you nurse a new baby, and how to help kids who struggle with playing independently
- Episode 123: When to start giving kids an allowance, whether or not to pay for chores, getting mentally psyched up for baby #2, and dealing with kids’ annoying habits
- Episode 122: Closely spaced babies, tips on room-sharing, helping siblings get along, and dealing with super-shy toddlers
- Episode 111: Transitioning a one-year-old to a big-kid bed, frustrating behavior patterns of toddlers and preschoolers, and evenings chaos at home with four kids
- Episode 110: Requesting teacher changes at school, finding postpartum body acceptance while sticking to a realistic fitness routine, what to do when safety worries interfere with enjoying life as a mom
- Episode 94: What we wish we’d worried about LESS in hindsight, what we’re doing differently–and the same–than our parents’ generation did, and our thoughts on sending a 7-year-old to sleepaway camp
- Episode 93: Preschool boys interested in bad-guy play, fighting stereotypes while raising girls, and how to find the balance between self-acceptance and the desire to grow
- Episode 73: Letting a five-year-old quit an activity she begged to start, helping a trio of cousins get along, and weaning a breastfeeding toddler
- Episode 65: When a kid’s fears and anxieties dominate the household mood; a sticky situation involving wild kids, a restaurant, and a big family reunion; and a new mom struggles with her decision to co-sleep
- Episode 52: Asking for help with childcare, what to do when close friends have dramatically different parenting styles, handling kids’ big emotions with elementary school friendship struggles, and how to stop apologizing for yourself and embrace chaos with confidence
- Episode 41: Room-sharing siblings, planning first birthday parties, feeling left out when you have your kids earlier or later than your friends do, and the evolution of playdates
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- Join our Patreon community. For a few dollars per month, you can support the show and be part of our exclusive Facebook group and get access to bonus content. More here.
- Rate and review the show wherever you listen. Here’s a tutorial on How To Leave A Review in Apple Podcasts. The more reviews we have, the more other listeners can easily discover the podcast. It’s one of those algorithm things. 🙂
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- Shop our Amazon store! We have curated lists of our favorite Amazon products at amazon.com/shop/themomhour. We update these lists regularly, so it’s a fun place to bookmark to see what we’re loving lately. Because we participate in the Amazon Affiliate Program, we earn a small commission when you shop through those links (at no additional cost to you).
- Tell a friend about The Mom Hour. Honestly? This is one of the biggest ways you can help. Thank you.
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