Direct download: 301_Gratitude_Saren_and_April.mp3
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As mothers, we hope that everyone in the family will help clean the house so that we aren't the only ones doing the housework--and so we can teach our children and train them for adulthood. If you would like fun, creative, and DOABLE ways to make this happen, we have a podcast episode just for you!

Join April and Saren on Power of Families Radio and Power of Moms Radio as they share some of their best ideas for getting the whole family involved in the housework. (In case you haven't heard, this fall Power of Moms is expanding into a separate platform—Power of Families, that will serve everyone in the family.) Enjoy!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/330

Direct download: 330.POMRadio_-_11217_8.09_PM.mp3
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We're bringing back this well loved, oldie-but-goodie, podcast with April and Amy McCready.  Here are a few of the main ideas from their conversation

  • We’re not “trying to get control over the kids” or simply trying to “come up with consequences.”
  • Our real goal is to strengthen our relationships with our children and provide an environment where we can grow together.
  • As deliberate mothers, we need to make “Mind, Body, and Soul” time a priority with each of our children (Amy will explain how to do that). We also need to take time to train our children (which will prevent many of the misbehaviors from happening in the first place) and help them behave for the right reasons.
  • There are better parenting methods available to us than yelling.  And as we learn those methods, the entire feeling in our homes will change. (I shared a personal experience where I applied Amy’s methods to a parenting dilemma involving my son–and how I was elated when it worked.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/229

Direct download: 229.POMRadio.AprilAmyMcCready.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Do you find Halloween to be fun? Stressful? Scary? Annoying? All of the above? How can you make Halloween really work for your family?

In this week’s encore episode, Saren reads her post, A Deliberate Mother’s Guide to Simple Halloween Fun, and shares some of the many great comments from readers that offer further ideas.

The principles shared here apply to ALL holidays!

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/228

Direct download: 228_Simple_Halloween_Fun.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am PST

It's so hard to make ourselves tackle projects that feel overwhelming! But when we keep putting things off, we feel bad.

In this episode, April and Saren share an exciting new way to reduce your procrastination by leaps and bounds and get the right things done.

***Tips and strategies based on David Allen's international best-seller, Getting Things Done®.

Direct download: 227_Procrastination.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm PST

This week we are bringing back one of our earliest podcasts—Finding Joy When We're Barely Surviving, which stemmed from this question from a mom in our community:

"How am I supposed to find the joy in motherhood when all I can do is keep my head above water? I am barely surviving, let alone thriving!"

Well, if you've ever felt this way, you're not alone.  And as we prepared for this radio show, we reached out to our Power of Moms Facebook community for answers.  (The response was wonderful.)

Join Saren and April as they discuss thoughts and actions that deliberate mothers can use when things feel really heavy, and receive a virtual pat on the back from our community as we acknowledge the beauty and power of motherhood.

Direct download: 226_Encore__Finding_Joy_When_Were_Barely_Surviving.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am PST

We all want to be successful in our vitally important role as mothers. But how do we know if we’ve done a good job when no one hands us a trophy, we don’t get graded, and there’s no performance review or pay raise to confirm our success? How do we keep from feeling like failures when we’ve put in hours of devoted work each and every day but there’s not a lot of tangible evidence that we accomplished much?

We’ve definitely had those thoughts. So we (Saren and April) recorded a radio show full of our very best ideas for creating and celebrating success as mothers.

We hope you’ll enjoy this popular episode from our archives and we’d love to have you add your thoughts in the comments.  (We’re sure there are lots of good ideas we didn’t cover on this subject!)

Direct download: 225_How_Do_You_Feel_Successful_As_a_Mother_Saren_and_April.mp3
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We thought we'd dig back in the archives and revisit this well-loved podcast.

We come into motherhood with ideals about how things are going to go – then we realize that some of those ideals just aren’t realistic or aren’t all that important.

What have you realized isn’t as important as it seemed to be at first? Have you let go of aspects of how your house and kids should look, what your kids should eat, that sort of thing?

These questions received lots of interesting and helpful responses from our Facebook community – and April and Saren add their own thoughts in this week’s Radio Show. (As you listen, you’ll gain great perspective and be glad to know you’re not the only one who has worried about silly things!)

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/224

Direct download: 224.POMRadio.WhatsNOTThatImportant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Have you ever wanted to just "get the house clean"? Join April Perry and her daughter Alia as they share how their family planned a one-month decluttering project of the whole home in preparation for a move. You'll learn simple ideas that can help you breathe deeply and conquer that clutter in no time at all.

For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/223

Direct download: 223_How_to_Declutter_the_Whole_House_in_a_Month_April.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PST

Have you ever wanted to just "get the house clean"? Join April Perry and her daughter Alia as they share how their family planned a one-month decluttering project of the whole home in preparation for a move. You'll learn simple ideas that can help you breathe deeply and conquer that clutter in no time at all.

For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/223

Direct download: 223_How_to_Declutter_the_Whole_House_in_a_Month_April.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm PST