Mom-friends are a true gift–but they’re just one type of female friendship we’ve benefitted from over the years. Today we’re talking about building relationships with women we admire – mentors, colleagues, fellow entrepreneurs, and just generally awesome ladies. From where we find them and how we initiate a first friend-date to what kinds of friendships we like to have in our professional circles, we’re unpacking all the benefits to surrounding yourself with women you admire. PLUS Katie Addiss joins Sarah for another Books Talk segment, where you’ll hear our list of picture books we’re never giving away – these are the keepers on our shelves that have been loved for years, and for good reason.
Listening to audiobooks is a year-round activity in our homes, but something about the cooling temperatures and return to school makes listening to a classic story read aloud seem that much cozier. Audiobooks are great for mixed-age listening, too–put one on and watch as older kids drift in and out, listening, while littles snuggle up to you and (magic!) cease their chatter for a few minutes so they can hear the story play out.
Our love of picture books continues as we reach into our vast collections, pull out a few of our favorites, and share the features that brings us back time and time again. While all of them may not be the titles our kids grab first, they’re the ones that we look forward to the most and those we plan to hang onto for years to come.
Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood’s many seasons.
We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don’t like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers’ book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up.
Do you remember the libraries of your past? We do. In fact, we have enough to say about the transformative power of libraries to fill an entire More Than Mom episode! From our earliest library memories (grouchy Mrs. Young!), to junior high school library adventures (that book was NOT appropriate for 11-year-old Meagan), to an accidental nap in dreary old England, we look back at our lives through the stacks.
As book-loving moms, nothing is more satisfying than rediscovering stories we loved as kids when our own children get old enough to enjoy them. It starts early, with picture books we read with the same inflections and funny voices as our parents read them to us, and it continues on, bringing chapter books and novels back to the light that we haven’t thought about in years. Here are a few of our favorite books to revisit with your kids…