At New Years, we hear a lot about goal setting. But before we start planning all the ways we’re going to make this next year fabulous, we need to create some space in our lives. (Because a cluttered house, a crazy schedule, and a frenzied mind are not helpful when it comes to successful goals and plans, right?)

Join April and Saren in this week’s radio show as they discuss tried-and-true tips for making space for our goals–in the midst of our mothering experiences.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/189

Direct download: 189.POMRadio.CreateSpace.mp3
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In this episode, Saren reads three chapters from our new eBook which is called A Deliberate Mother's Guide to Holidays, Vacations and Quality Family Time. The three chapters she shares are also posts on this website that have been read by thousands of mothers on Power of Moms over the years.  For more information about the ebook and for full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/188

Direct download: 137.POMRadio.ChristmasWithLessMaterialismAndMoreJoy.mp3
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Feeling stressed about the Christmas season?  These audio posts are here to help!  For full show notes, please visit: powerofmoms.com/187

Direct download: 187.POMRadio.ChristmasAudioPosts.mp3
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Crystal Paine was an extremely shy young mom when she started blogging.  She trembled in fear and "ugly-cried" her way through her first speech at a blogging conference, but she now speaks to thousands all over the country and travels to South Africa to help with an amazing non-profit. 

Today she and Power of Moms' Board Member, Rachel Nielson, will talk about how taking small steps in the direction of our dreams can make a huge impact in the world.   They will also tell us about a fundraiser to impact an amazing community in South Africa!  Go to powerofmoms.com/africa for more details and full show notes.

Are you struggling with something hard in your life right now? Is survival mode or negative self talk starting to overwhelm you? You're not alone-we've all been there! These three audio posts are from other moms in the trenches. Find out how they have learned to get through hard times and see the beauty of what they are doing.

For show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/185

Direct download: 185.POMRadio.HelpFromTheTrenches.AudioPost.mp3
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With the holidays right around the corner, Saren and April offer great ideas to help you figure out what events and activities are most important for YOUR family and plan how to get things done in an efficient and stress-free way.

Show Notes

Step-by-step instructions and photos of the planning process outlined in this podcast are here!

Children for Children Concert Details

A Christmas Problem 100 Years Old (about reading together at Christmas – book list included)

For full post, see powerofmoms.com/184

Direct download: 184.POMRadio.HolidayPlanning101.mp3.mp3
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What do you think is the key to happiness? Could it be gratitude?

In this episode, Saren shares three great posts on gratitude. Each post offers stories and concrete ideas to help you pump up the gratitude and experience greater happiness in your life.

For show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/183

Direct download: 183.POMRadio.KeyToHappiness.mp3
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Would you like to help your child to go to a top college--and graduate debt free? This powerful interview with Tom Bottorf, founder of College Success Formula, will give you the inspiration you need to set your child up NOW for an incredibly successful experience in higher education.

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/182

Direct download: 182_College_Tom_Bottorf_and_April_Perry.mp3
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Power of Moms Co-Director, Saren, spent a solid month visiting the 12 oldest National Parks in the west last summer (camping the whole way!). In this week's episode, Saren shares how this all came about and what her family gained through this wild and wonderful adventure.

The principles offered apply to all families whether they'd like to do a big trip or simply spend a little more time outside together as a family.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/181

Direct download: 181.POMRadio.WhyFamiliesNeedNature.mp3
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We received a fantastic question from a mom in our community about what to do once her children transitioned to school. Read the exact question below, and then listen to the podcast to hear great advice that came from YOU--our Power of Moms Community! For full show notes please visit powerofmoms.com/180

Direct download: 180.POMRadio.WhatDoYouDoWhenTheKidsAreAtSchool.mp3
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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, please visit powerofmoms.com/179

Direct download: 179.Halloween.AudioPost.mp3
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For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms/177

Direct download: 177_Travel_with_Family_Stephanie_Langford_and_Saren.mp3
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For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/176

Direct download: 176_Sex_Talks_Dina_and_April.mp3
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For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms/175

Direct download: 175_Encore_Entitlement_Amy_McCready_and_Saren.mp3
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For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/174

Direct download: 174_Mommys_Quiet_Time_April_and_Desi.mp3
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Do you find yourself feeling tired, overwhelmed and unhealthy? Power of Moms dived into the archives and found three different moms who found easy and doable strategies for taking loving care of their bodies. These three audio posts focus on rest, ditching the diet plan, and moving your body doing fun things. Your body is your most important tool, and your happiness will increase as you take these surefire strategies and put them to good use!  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/173


Join April and the wonderful Rachel Ramsey Cruze as they discuss financial principles and Rachel's new book.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/172

Direct download: 172.POMRadio.LoveYourLifeNotTheirs.RachelCruze.mp3
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For full show notes, visit powerofmoms.com/171

Direct download: 171_2016_Creating_A_Haven_of_Peace_Joanne_Miller.mp3
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If your children have recently gone back to school or your school year is about to begin, you're probably going through some of the same things we're going through. There are lots of emotions involved and new schedules to consider.  Some of us are redefining ourselves as we enter a new stage of motherhood.

Join Saren and April as they share their own "back to school" stories--along with plenty of practical tips for making the transition work for the whole family.

  • We'll talk about how to be present when our children are home (and how to get things done while they're at school).
  • We'll share specific schedules we established in our own homes when we had preschoolers--and schedules we've established now with older children.
  • And we'll suggest questions you can ask yourself if you're redefining who you are and how you want to spend your time.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/170

Direct download: 171.POMRadio.BackToSchoolRoutines.mp3
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Our own Rachel Nielson reads aloud several posts she has written for Power of Moms highlighting that we can find JOY and Beauty in this journey of motherhood- even during the hard times.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/168

Direct download: 168.POMRadio.Rachel.mp3
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What kind of schooling is right for our children? Public school? Charter school? Neighborhood school?  Private school? Homeschool? There are so many choices these days!

In this popular episode from our archives, April and Saren share what works for them and offer helpful ideas to help you decide what is right for your children and family.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/167

Direct download: 168.POMRadio.WhatSchool.mp3
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Join April and Patty Palmer as they briefly discuss simple ways to teach art to children.

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

Direct download: Mini.POMRadio.PattysArt.mp3
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In this encore episode, Saren and her friend Janelle discuss what they believe is most important for preschool-aged children and share what the Joy School program can offer to kids – and moms!

While this episode focuses on the benefits of the internationally-acclaimed Joy School co-op preschool option, the principles that Saren and Janelle discuss apply to any mom of preschoolers.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/166

Direct download: 166.POMRadio.FindingTheRightPreschoolOption.mp3
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Read Articles: Good Mom-ents, Finding Celebrations in Failure, and Good Mom Redefined.  Read by Jennifer Brimhall

For links and full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/165

Direct download: 165.POMRadio.NoNeedToBeSoHardOnYourself.Articles.Jennifer.mp3
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Is it our job to make our children’s childhood magical? Or should we simply get out of the way so our kids can make their own magic?

Join Saren and April for this encore presentation where they share ideas for how we can:

  • foster creativity in our children as we encourage them to make their own fun
  • increase the contentment and joy in our own lives by slowing down and taking the pressure off ourselves to be the constant “cruise director” in our children’s lives.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/164

Direct download: 164.POMRadio.RealMagicInChildhood.mp3
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In this fun episode from our archives, Saren interviews her 9-year-old twins about their summer goals and about why goals and some “productive” activities are important during the summer.

Feel free to have your children join you in listening to this one!  For show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/163

Direct download: 163.POMRadio.SummerGoals.mp3
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A "Bright Line" is a clear, unambiguous rule that you just don't break. It's a boundary you create for yourself that you simply don't cross.

Susan Peirce Thompson--one of the most compassionate, intelligent, deliberate mothers I know, joins us in this episode to talk about how Bright Lines can help us to reach our goals and live happy, healthy lives.

While Susan's specialty is supporting those who struggle with food addictions, we're going to talk about how Bright Lines impact our parenting, faithfulness to a spouse, and even phone use. (You won't want to miss any of the little gems that are embedded in this podcast.)

One of my favorite parts of this podcast was when we discussed the power of "reZOOMing," which is what happens if you DO cross a Bright Line.

We'll talk about the four "S's" of Speed, Loving Self-Talk, Social Support, and Seeking the Lesson.

Susan opens up in this interview about her years as a drug addict. She shares how she changed her life, put her energy into her education, overcame obesity, and then started a journey toward helping others find THEIR way.

The more I get to know her, the more I love her. I think you'll feel the same.

***Special Note***

Susan's work with Bright Line Eating is uniquely for those who struggle with food addictions, and if you are in that place right now (or even if you just want some new ideas for how to nourish your body healthfully), Susan has some incredible resources for you:

Option 1: The Susceptibility Quiz: Are you addicted to food? This five-question quiz will help you find out.

Option 2: Susan's Bright Line Video Series

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/161

Direct download: 161.POMRadio.SusanPeirceThompson.mp3
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Those long, lovely days of summer can become some of our family’s best memories. But how do we create a little more structure so that summer break is enjoyable for EVERYONE?

April and Saren share detailed, tried-and-true ideas for summer learning and fun.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/159

Direct download: 159.POMRadio.Summer.AS.mp3
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For full show notes, visit powerofmoms.com/158.

Direct download: 158_POMRadio.KeepingYourCool_Saren_and_April.mp3
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Screen time is an issue for most deliberate mothers. How much time do your children spend in front of a TV, computer, tablet, or phone? Do you struggle to know how much is too much?  Show notes available at www.powerofmoms.com/157

Direct download: 028.POMRadio.Screentime.AS.mp3
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We want to make changes and improvements in our lives, but sometimes it feels like there are either WAY too many changes to make--or the changes themselves feel too big. Not anymore! Enter "Tiny Habits for Moms," a simple, amazing process that will make positive changes practically effortless.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/156

Direct download: 156.POMRadio.TinyHabitsForMoms.mp3
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I had this feeling that you needed someone to take care of you today--and there are a few specific ideas that have touched my life powerfully this past week that I thought could help you, as well.

For show notes, please visit https://powerofmoms.com/heart-heart-april-episode-155

Direct download: POMRadio155.HeartToHeart.mp3
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In this week's episode, Saren talks with Josie Lauritsen, Founder of Go Jane Give, about easy ways we can use our talents and interests to make fun and meaningful contributions to the causes that call out to our hearts.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/154

Direct download: 154.POMRadio.HeartYearnsToGive.mp3
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For full show notes, visit powerofmoms\153

Direct download: 153_How_to_Run_Away_Saren_and_April.mp3
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Ever feel like there is WAY too much to do in a day? Could you use more sleep? More quiet time? More focus? Then you will not want to miss this powerful discussion with Greg McKeown, author of the phenomenal book, "Essentialism" and April Perry. (You'll immediately feel relief!)  For for information and full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/152

Direct download: 152.POMRadio.Essentialism.mp3
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Join Saren and Tiffany Sowby for a very real and candid discussion of some of their most pressing questions regarding their teenage (and pre-teen) children.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/151

Direct download: 151.POMRadio.SarenTiffany.Teenagers.mp3
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How often do you, as a mother, feel like you're failing? If you're like us, it happens more often than you'd like. In this podcast with April and Eric Perry, you'll receive some sound, comforting advice that you may want to listen to over and over again.

April will also share another section of her book, "Your Children Want YOU!" (Available for sale now!) Find out how you can get the book (or free chapter samples) at https://powerofmoms.com/150.

Direct download: 150.POMRadio.YouAreNOTFailing.mp3
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For full show notes, visit powerofmoms.com\149

Direct download: 149_Saving_Dinner_Leanne_and_April.mp3
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Join Saren & April as they talk about technology and how it relates to us and our children.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/148

Direct download: 148.POMRadio.Technology.mp3
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As an overwhelmed new mom, Rachel Nielson finally acknowledged that she had an eating disorder. She had been coping with stress and heartache through both undereating and overeating for almost ten years, and her negative thoughts about herself had become all-consuming. Rachel learned about a mindset called "intuitive eating" which taught her how to trust, respect, and listen to her body.  For full show notes, please go to powerofmoms.com/147

Direct download: 147.POMRadio.AprilRachelNielson.mp3
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So it weighs on your heart--while you're cleaning the kitchen, working through your to-do list, and trying to keep a smile on your face so your children won't have to share in your stress.

We know. We've been there. Some days we are there.

This is a podcast that was recorded specifically to help heal your heart.

I (April) used to go to my mother with all these challenges. She was the best at keeping secrets, and I could "let it all out" without ever feeling judged or criticized.

Many of you know that my mom is now in the last stages of Alzheimer's, and so I don't have that same outlet anymore. But do you know what I do have? Years of hearing her voice. Years of learning what she would have said. And now I want to share it with you.

Do you have friends who might be going through challenges that no one can see? Please share this with them. Together, we're the power of moms.

Access three free chapters of April's new book, Your Children Want YOU!, by clicking here.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com\146

Direct download: 146_2016_2_Brave_Faces_Saren_and_April.mp3
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Sarah Griggs is a mother of three who loves her family and is simply trying to live her best life. Little did she know that (as a birthday gift) her husband was re-purposing the photos and inspirational quotes Sarah had been posting to her personal Instagram account--and building her an entire community on Facebook.

At the time of this podcast, more than 75,000 people have joined Sarah on her journey--giving her an opportunity to be a leader every day.

What does this mean for each of us as deliberate mothers? Join April Perry and Sarah Griggs as they discuss principles of leadership that can apply to every mom. Whether the number of people who "officially" look to us is big or small, our influence always reaches farther than we think.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/145

Direct download: 145.POMRadio.SarahGriggs.mp3
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For full show notes, visit powerofmoms.com/144.

Direct download: 144_2016_2_Meal_Planning_April_and_Saren.mp3
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Are you looking for a new family tradition that is simple, inexpensive, and fun for the whole family? Join April Perry and Amber Chambers in this three-minute mini-podcast where we share how easy it is to create your own "We Love To Be A Family" Day!  To download your own planning template, simply visit the full post here: https://powerofmoms.com/a-valentines-tradition-your-family-will-never-forget/

Direct download: WeLoveToBeAFamilyDayMini.mp3
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When we think about our kids, their time online, and their experiences in the world, the LAST thing we want to think about is predators. But when you look at the stats, it's shocking to see just how easy it can be for children (and adults) to be hurt, bullied, or abused. So--without panicking or freaking out--we're going to take a half hour to hear some incredible advice from former NCIS Special Agent Heather Ryan, who is also a deliberate mother!  This is a really important episode of Power of Moms Radio that we would love for you to share, as it just may save a life.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/143
Direct download: 143.POMRadio.A_Special_AgentsAdviceonKeepingKidsSafe.mp3
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In this week's episode, Saren interviews Stephanie Langford from Entrefamily.com about her amazing and budget-friendly around-the-world family travels and how every family can help their children become "citizens of the world."  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/142

Direct download: 142.POMRadio.FamilyTravel.mp3
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Ever wished you could stop a busy, organized mom for just a few minutes and ask her how she does it? Well, that's exactly what we've done with Chantol Sego in this fun, idea-packed episode of Power of Moms Radio.  Chantol is the mother of two children who juggles a LOT of responsibilities, including a full-time job, volunteer positions, and extracurricular activities. She'll share how she has applied Mind Organization for Moms to her life, which digital tools are her favorites, and how she keeps life balanced so she can enjoy her time with her children!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this podcast, visit powerofmoms.com\141

Direct download: 2016_1_Chantol_April.mp3
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In this episode, Saren talks with Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship about how what we eat, the way we talk about food, and the way we prepare food is such an important part of parenting. Katie offers concrete ideas about how to involve our children more in the preparation of food and really enjoy cooking alongside our children as we teach them responsibility and build their skills and self-confidence.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/140

Direct download: 140.POMRadio.KitchenStewardship.mp3
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If you asked your children if it were possible for them to start their own businesses, what would they say? Would you hear a confident, resounding YES? Or maybe a disheartened, doubtful "probably not"?
 
In this episode of Power of Moms Radio, April Perry interviews Kate Erickson--creator, engager and implementer over at EOFire, a 7-day-a-week podcast that interviews today's most inspiring and successful entrepreneurs. She is also the host of Kate's Take: The EOFire Audio Blog and author of The Fire Path: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Your Online Business.
 
Come join the discussion about how children (and moms!) can become entrepreneurs--and receive a ton of support and encouragement in the process.
 
For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/139
Direct download: POMRadio.139.KateApril.mp3
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