Technology has changed so much in the past decade. As a mother juggling so many things, it can feel really overwhelming knowing how to navigate screen time on top of everything else!

As deliberate mothers, we know we need to be intentional about how we model technology use and proactive in preparing our children for life in a digital world. But how do we do that?

One of our Power of Moms team members, Andrea Davis, has made it her job to help parents learn positive strategies so they can worry less and connect more with their kids.

In today’s audio post, Andrea shares Five Strategies to Help Your Family Fight Technology Addiction. Even if you don’t feel like anyone in your family has a technology addiction, these ideas will help if your family is simply slipping into some undesirable screen time habits.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/3-10

Direct download: 3.10.POM.BetterScreenTime.mp3
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I (April) recently got out of a rut. I’d been feeling tired, frustrated, and ready to “give up” in some ways. (Have you been there?) Here are three questions that helped me get out, and I hope they’ll help you, too! We each have a unique mission, and it’s time to BE who we are. (For Show Notes, see https://powerofmoms.com/its-time-to-be-what-we-believe/)

Direct download: POM_Its_Time_to_Be_What_We_Believe.mp3
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Do you want to manage your energy—so you can match the appropriate tasks to the appropriate time of day, and ultimately be more present and happy around your family? Today we’re joined by Danielle Porter, a team member here at Power of Moms, who has created a genius way to map her energy. For photos and links, please visit https://powerofmoms.com/3-8/ ‎

Direct download: EnergyMap_POM.mp3
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We are wrapping up our Holiday Planning Workshop with Lesson 5, where we put our plan into action! We'll show you how to make this happen using paper or digitally. If you want an incredibly organized holiday season--with low stress and lots of support in getting the logistics taken care of, listen to this audio--and then sign up for the support templates, videos, and photos at https://PowerOfMoms.com/Holiday.

Direct download: _Holiday_Planning_Workshop_-_Lesson_5_BONUS_Episode.mp3
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Here in Lesson 4 of our Holiday Planning Workshop we've taken the audio from our video lesson, detailing how to organize your brainstorm from Lesson 2 digitally. We teach the steps to follow in Asana, but feel free to use your favorite digital project manager. Prefer paper? Go back to Lesson 3 to learn how to do this same step with Post-it notes! Want the video? Sign up at https://PowerOfMoms.com/Holiday.

Direct download: POM_Holiday_Planning_Workshop_-_Lesson_4_BONUS_Episode.mp3
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Today in our Holiday Planning Workshop Lesson 3 we organize your brainstormed tasks and projects by time frame, using Post-it notes. Listen in to Lesson 4 to learn how to do this same step digitally! The audio explains the steps but if you want more support sign up for the support templates, videos, and photos at https://PowerOfMoms.com/Holiday.

Direct download: Holiday_Planning_Workshop_-_Lesson_3_BONUS_Episode.mp3
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Lesson 2 of our Holiday Planning Workshop will help you get everything out of your mind through an effective brainstorm session, so that you can more clearly see what matters most. If you want an incredibly organized holiday season--with low stress and lots of support in getting the logistics taken care of, listen to this audio--and then sign up for the support templates, videos, and photos at https://PowerOfMoms.com/Holiday.

Direct download: Holiday_Planning_Workshop_-_Lesson_2_BONUS_Episode.mp3
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Today's podcast features Lesson 1 of our Holiday Planning Workshop. Following David Allen's Natural Planning Model (featured in the book Getting Things Done), we're talking about purpose, principles, and outcome visioning. If you want an incredibly organized holiday season--with low stress and lots of support in getting the logistics taken care of, listen to this audio--and then sign up for the support templates, videos, and photos at https://PowerOfMoms.com/Holiday.

Direct download: Holiday_Planning_Workshop_-_Lesson_1_BONUS_Episode.mp3
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Join April and Saren as they discuss how to plan your holidays so you can focus on what matters most!  Enjoy!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/3-7

For our special workshop with Power of Moms and LearnDoBecome visit learndobecome.com/holiday

Direct download: 3.7.POM.HolidayPlanning.mp3
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We have three EXCELLENT audio posts today from mothers in our community who will help us learn to gauge our progress, get dinner on the table with help from the children, and reduce the "mom guilt" we feel when we can't do it all. Enjoy!!!!  For full show notes, please visit  https://powerofmoms.com/3-6/
Direct download: 3.6.POM.EncouragemnetAudioPosts.mp3
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Listen in as April reads three of our popular posts about influence, being kind, and playing with our families.  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/3-5

Direct download: 3.5.POM.AudioPostsforOctober.mp3
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We recently received this question from a Power of Moms Community member that sparked a great discussion at Power of Moms:
 
"What low stress, Halloween traditions does your family love? We just received an invite to go trick-or-treating. If you love Halloween, you may be counting down, if you're like me, you may feel dread. What activities can my family do, costumes can I use and decorations can I put out to help this holiday feel uplifting and enjoyable for me, not just an expensive, time consuming way to give my kids candy?"
 
Listen here to an audio recap via Power of Moms Radio, or visit our show notes to read some of the great ideas shared by our community of moms!  Show notes can be found at powerofmoms.com/3-4
 
Direct download: 3.4.POM.Halloween.mp3
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Today we're presenting three great posts from deliberate mothers in our community who have a LOT of wisdom to share! Enjoy Allyson Reynolds' perspective on how to appreciate the "now," Heidi Bartle's fantastic advice about starting hard conversations with our children about mental illness (or other issues you may be dealing with), and Whitney Archibald's detailed report on how she's created incredible structure and purpose inside her home and family. So grateful to have you with us at Power of Moms!

 For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/3-3

Direct download: 3.3.POM.Audioposts.mp3
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I KNOW it sounds crazy. How on earth can washing dirty clothes and linens be a beautiful experience? And why would we even want it to be beautiful? Isn’t laundry mundane, dirty work that we should do everything in our power to avoid? Ahhh, I understand the angst associated with laundry. Truly. But today I want to change the way you do laundry. And it has nothing to do with the soap you use or the way you fold or how you set up your laundry schedule. For a summary and Show Notes, visit https://powerofmoms.com/laundry-beautiful-experience

Direct download: POMRadio-Laundry.mp3
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I spent a lot of time worrying about "not being enough" for my children (and everyone else) while they were young. But when I asked my 18-year-old what she actually remembered from her years of childhood, it turns out she didn't even NOTICE all the things I was worried about. Come listen to the conversation and take a deep breath! It all works out.  :)

For full show notes, see powerofmoms.com/radio/

Direct download: POM_Radio-S3E1-What_My_18-Year-Old_Actually_Remembers_from_Childhood.mp3
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We all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed.  I think that’s a daily occurrence for most mothers. But what do we do when we feel like we can barely breathe?

A friend of mine once shared some wise, wise words: “Whenever I feel like my family is ‘getting in the way’ of my life, that’s an indicator that I have too much on my plate.”

Light bulb moment!

 

In this audio post, I’ll share with you a strategy that has consistently helped me to manage what’s on my plate–and in the process, find more joy in my family.

I’m confident it will help you to do the same.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-22

Direct download: 2.22.OrganizingABeautifulLifeOnOnePlate.mp3
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So we invited Gretchen to join us on Power of Moms Radio to talk about this idea more in depth.

When our homes are a mess, it feels impossible to function. But cleaning closets and wiping kitchen counters seems to “make our brains work better” and enables us to breathe more fully.

But is the reverse also true? Does inner calm lead to outer order?

Does outer order sometimes create a facade of inner calm?

Is the word “contributes” the key here? (Meaning there’s more at play than we may realize?)

Listen to this podcast full of new perspectives and quick, actionable tips–and then share your thoughts in the comments!

Direct download: POMRadio-S2E21-Gretchin_Rubin.mp3
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The new school year is just around the corner, and if you already cringing at the thought of your countertops overrun with projects and papers, today's podcast is here to help!

For Show Notes, visit https://powerofmoms.com/bonus-school-papers

And for a free video from Alia, where she'll teach your children how to use three simple folders and a calendar to keep their desks and spaces clean, sign up at http://LearnDoBecome.com/s4s

Direct download: POMRadio-Bonus-SchoolPapers.mp3
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Mother Rachel Nielson found Power of Moms when she had a colicky newborn baby and she felt desperate for hope.  In the years since, her challenges as a mother have changed as her children have gotten older, but she has continued to turn to our community for inspiration.  She has also written articles for our website about concrete ways that she finds hope and fulfillment as a mother, even in the hardest of times.

In today’s podcast, Rachel reads four of her articles for you:

We hope you will listen to this uplifting podcast, full of hope and ideas for getting through the daily struggles of motherhood, big and small!

And don’t forget, YOU can write for Power of Moms too!  Guidelines for submitting can be found here.  We’d love to hear from you about what you are learning and how you are growing each day as a mother.  We love this community of women and the hope that we gain from each other.

 

 

Direct download: POMRadio-S2E20-Finding_Hope_and_Beauty_Rachel_Nielson.mp3
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If your children bicker and argue (and we’re guessing they do), what do you do about it?

In this week’s encore radio show, Saren and April discuss some of their own experiences handling sibling rivalry (some that work, some that don’t!).

They talk about when to ignore the arguing, which discipline strategies work best for them, and where they go for additional answers.

Once you’ve listened to the podcast, please share your thoughts below!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-19

Direct download: 2.19.POMRadio.SiblingRivalry.mp3
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Do you start ever  start the day as Mary Poppins but end it as Miss Hannigan? Does your temper sometimes get the best of you?

Patience is a virtue that every mom struggles with from time to time. When everyone is throwing needs in our direction and our own needs aren’t being met and our house is a mess and our brain is a jumbled of things we’re worried about, it’s so hard to keep our cool!

In this week’s episode, Saren and April talk openly and honestly about some methods they’ve found to be really helpful when it comes to simmering down during situations that are about to boil over.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-17

Direct download: 2.17.POMRadio.KeepingYourCool_Saren_and_April.mp3
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Are you getting worried about summer? Often we want to use this season wisely and well, but be relaxed at the same time. We want to spend time with our kids, but we also don’t want them to drive us crazy! This audio post has three articles with lots of ideas about how to achieve that perfect summer balance!  For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-16

Direct download: 2.16.POMRadio.NoStressSummer.mp3
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We have three more audio posts for you today! "Self Care Is Not Selfish" by Lucille Zimmerman and "When It Feels Hard to 'Enjoy Every Moment'" by Mary Karlee Mullen and "How to Be a Happy Mother When Everything Isn't Perfect" by Heather Saunders. These are designed specifically to help you find more joy in motherhood, but not because every moment will be FUN, but because you'll learn how to take care of yourself, enjoy the "overall" process, and find joy when life most definitely does NOT feel perfect. So glad to have you here at Power of Moms!

For full show notes, please visit https://wp.me/p2dC8Q-dU3.

Direct download: POM-Radio-Season2Finale-audioposts.mp3
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The power of Getting Things Done is now available for teens, and I am excited to share this brand new book with the deliberate mothers of the world!

And when I found out that David Allen, Mike Williams, and Mark Wallace were publishing GTD for Teens, I KNEW we needed to bring them onto Power of Moms Radio!

Enjoy this interview where we discuss the why behind the movement--plus specific ways you can implement some of the ideas today!

Mike even shares a fun summer tradition he has with his kids where they write ideas for an optimal summer on 3 x 5 cards, and then they visually move them from the "dreaming state" to the "done state" on a cork board. Such a great idea!  

Enjoy the episode, and then pre-order the book if you're ready for more!
 
For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/radio/
Direct download: S2E14_GTDforTeens.mp3
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This week, we're featuring three amazing posts created by deliberate mothers in our community: "Everyone Needs Backup" by Aubrey Degn, "Exercise Therapy" by Sarah Badat Richardson, and "How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Child's Teacher" by Amanda Hamilton Roos. We're confident that by the end of this podcast, you'll have some creative ideas for managing the challenges in your home, you'll feel more committed to taking care of yourself, and you'll feel more prepared to tackle any difficult issues that may be going on with your child at school. So excited you're with us, and we're grateful to our team of deliberate mothers who made this podcast possible!

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-13

Direct download: 2.13.POM.AudioPosts.mp3
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Today’s podcast was recorded with my sister Laura as we were sitting on the grass outside of a conference. Laura had shared a beautiful experience with our mom that happened about 20 years ago, and I just KNEW I needed to share it with you. 
 
It’s a simple story, but we hope that as you listen, you will come to more fully understand that there is power from above that is available for us and for our families. 
 
For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-12
Direct download: 2.12.POM.laruaapril.mp3
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We all want resilient children. We want them to be able to overcome worry, anxiety, stress, fear, and all those other emotions that we TOTALLY understand. But how do we do that? How do we incorporate that kind of training into our day-to-day lives as deliberate mothers? Today I'm joined by Sarah Boyd, a mother of two, a cancer survivor, an author, and an expert in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. She's sharing three ways we can help our children to have more courage--which you'll love. Plus, Sarah has created a list of her favorite children's books that teach principles of resilience, courage, and kindness.

For full show notes, visit powerofmoms.com/2-11

Direct download: 2.11.POM.SarahBoyd.mp3
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Three incredible deliberate mothers have prepared some great posts featured in this week's podcast. And our team of editors has done a GREAT job preparing their posts for the site. To make it easy for you to enjoy their words and reflect on their beautiful thoughts, we've put together an audio version for Power of Moms Radio.

Enjoy this incredible advice from other deliberate mothers--and don't miss the question and challenge at the end of each one!

(Plus, did you know YOU could be an author at Power of Moms? Our Author Page is linked at the bottom of each page on the website....We'd love to hear from YOU!)

We hope this week's podcast episode provides support for you in your work as a deliberate mother!

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

Direct download: S2E10_Audio_Posts.mp3
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As a special Mother's Day podcast, I sat down with Rachel Nielson from the 3in30 podcast to share some of my favorite experiences with my own mother, Zoe. Would you like some incredibly simple ways to bring more power and joy to your mothering? We hope you love these ideas as much as we do!

 For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-9

Direct download: 2.9.POM.EverydayConnections.mp3
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Today's podcast is simply one side of a conversation between me and you where I talk about the following topics:
 
- "Mommy is a Person" - It's easy for us to become "responders" and even "people pleasers," but it's totally possible to balance the love we have for our families with our personhood.
- The importance of holding onto our personal power. Please learn from my mistakes. It's been a painful road, but I'm coming back.
- The process of acknowledging how much we ARE doing. I've had some conversations with a variety of mothers lately who are going through a lot, but often do not realize it. This needs to change for all of us.
- How to plan our lives in a way that makes sense. I'll walk you through David Allen's Natural Planning Model and explain how it can help!
- How we can be catalysts of change. I'll share a story from 10 years ago when Eric and I wanted to start a home business and make some other big changes in our lives, but all we had was a tight, cramped, cluttered office--and no energy to do anything but watch TV at night.
- Details about a "Command Central Boot Camp" coming soon at LearnDoBecome, if you want to be part of the fun with us!
 
We're so happy to have you here with us at Power of Moms Radio!
 
For full show notes, see www.powerofmoms.com/radio/
Direct download: S2E8_Mothers_Are_People.mp3
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Based on a post April wrote a while back, this “audio post” episode reaffirms that yes, life can be hard. Yes, sometimes we feel like giving up. But here is a reminder of a six powerful reasons NEVER to do so.

For full show notes, please visit: https://powerofmoms.com/2-7

Direct download: 2.7.POMRadio.SixReasonsToNeverGiveUp.AS.mp3
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I (April) have had some personal struggles over the past several months and years--particularly as I tried to do do more than one day's share each day, and as I tried to combat a really mean voice in my head that was waking me up each morning. I've finally found the solutions to these two challenges, and whether or not you struggle with the same kinds of things, I thought that perhaps my experiences could be helpful to you. Enjoy today's episode, and please share your thoughts and comments below!

For full show notes and links, see www.powerofmoms.com/radio/

Direct download: POMRadio-S2E6-Aha_Moments.mp3
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Jill Savage is an amazing woman. But not just because she speaks, writes, shares goodness and leads thousands of people around the world. It’s because she’s real. And she knows how to look at motherhood with a solid, beautiful perspective that can’t help but inspire you.
 
In today’s episode of Power of Moms Radio, we discuss some great topics that can help you better care for your family including
How to catch ourselves before we go down "the rabbit hole” of frustration and comparison.
 
- How to transform the challenges of marriage and use them as growing opportunities.
 
- How to recognize when we’re unfairly comparing our children—to each other, to kids we know, or to those “imaginary perfect kids” that we’re sure exist somewhere out there.
 
- How to use the “CLAP” acronym to help us respond to a child who is perhaps driving us crazy.  :)
 
- How to fill our wells and take care of ourselves—because all this work we’re doing to emotionally support our families require energy that must be replenished.
 
For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-5
 
Direct download: 2.5.POM.GettingOverThePerfectionInfection_.mp3
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For full shownotes, see powerofmoms.com/radio

Direct download: POMRadio-S2E4-Staying_Calm_in_a_Perfect_Storm.mp3
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Do you ever feel like "dreaming" is for OTHER people, but not mothers? Then honestly, you must listen to today's podcast. We're going to show you the world is open to all of us, even those who are in the trenches raising the next generation.

For full show notes, please visit powerofmoms.com/2-3

Direct download: 02.03.POM.Dream.mp3
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In this episode Rachel and I talk about: having a focused list and clearly identified next actions, saying no graciously, and taking ownership for our overwhelm. If you’re feeling the least bit overwhelmed, these principles can help you breathe a little more easily and enjoy your family even more.

Direct download: 2.2.POMRadio.GettingOutOfOverwhelm.AprilRachel.mp3
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Each of us has “secret disasters”–moments that feel impossible, but no one ever sees. When we can learn to see these disasters as opportunities for beautiful change, we’ll welcome them with open arms. Join April Perry in this first podcast of Season 2, where she shares her recent post AND the incredible messages submitted by Power of Moms community members. Stay tuned at the end of the podcast for an update on what's happening behind the scenes and what's coming next!

For more info, see powerofmoms.com/2-1

Direct download: POMRadio-S2E1-SecretDisasters.mp3
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