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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