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Mamatoto Radio is brought to you by the founder of Hanna Schaer. We talk all things motherhood, sharing stories and talking to professionals who work with mothers through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Follow us on social media and visit our website

Mamatoto Radio is brought to you by the founder of Hanna Schaer. We talk all things motherhood, sharing stories and talking to professionals who work with mothers through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Follow us on social media and visit our website




Mamatoto Radio is brought to you by the founder of Hanna Schaer. We talk all things motherhood, sharing stories and talking to professionals who work with mothers through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Follow us on social media and visit our website






Your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly routines.

Have you every thought about the different cycles of routines you have? The things you do every day, the things you do every week, every month, every year? I thought we could think a little bit about what parts of your routines you love and what you would like to change, how it will benefit and ripple into your family.


Using creativity in home learning

Distance, or home learning is a great opportunity to use and foster creativity in our kids. Today I share some of the ways we nurture a creative mindset in our kids, while learning from home.


Scheduling creative time

How can making space and time for creative projects help you get things done and increase your overall creativity? Listen to today's episode to find out :)


Starting to break the patterns from our childhood.

Recently I was talking to my daughter about values. She has some kids in her class with very questionable values, and she said, “well, they get it from their parents.” And I think for the most part that might be true. Then she asked me “mom, you have really different values from your parents and siblings, so I guess it’s not always true.” And she is right again. But I had to work really hard to break a lot of the patterns from my own childhood in order to raise my family with the intention...


Parenting the kids we have

I want to ask you a question, and I would like for you to answer it to yourself and really think about it. When you became a parent, did you have an idea of what you wanted your kids to be like. What they would like, how they would be, what you would do. I think most of us have some kind of fantasy or dream about who our kids are and who we are as parents and I think the relationship we have with our kids depends a lot on how flexible that idea of a person is.


What have I learned from homeschoolers this year?

Do you know who I have learned a lot from this year? Homeschoolers. Honestly, I have learned a lot about education this year, some that in encouraging and good, and some that makes me a bit worried for our kids and makes me rethink my own opinions of and relationship to education the way we do it right now. We have been learning from home since the middle of February, we saw the virus come here in France early and our kids were learning from home before we had the lockdown in the spring....


Saying No

Teaching our kids to say and hear no is the foundation for teaching them consent. When no is no longer aggressive and confrontational to us we can use it as part of our structure of integrity, and teach our kids to do the same.


A different kind of neglect

When I was doing my certification for becoming a safeguarding officer I learned a lot about abuse and neglect. Levels of it that you don’t want to imagine. We mostly think of the most extreme cases being physical neglect, not providing enough or good food, not having clean or fitting clothes, not taking care of hygiene or having a warm home with running water and electricity. But there is another kind of neglect that I wanted to talk about today.


When we are bullies.

If we are bullies it is much more likely that our kids will be bullies. As I was writing the notes to this episode something reminded me of another in person experience that both rattled me and showed exactly how the energy moves from parent to child. A mom in my daughter’s class is a real bully. She has a little group of other mean girl mom friends and they spare no vitriol when interacting with other parents. She is unkind, mean, aggressive and judgmental. And then I remembered a time...


How much of school is babysitting?

The pandemic has revealed so much of the flaws in our systems that most of us probably didn’t know were there. Like for example, How much of school is babysitting? Join our Creative Kids Club at


Do kids know what they don't like?

This topic might be controversial, it definitely goes against traditional parenting. Do you know things you don't like without trying them? I know I do. I know things don't go with me without trying them. Why is it any different with our kids? How can we teach consent and integrity and then ask them to break it?


Practicing independence

Like with any skill we learn and master, independence and autonomy is taught in bite sized lessons from when our kids are really small. How can you break down the steps to teach your kids the things they need to safely move in the world on their own?


Failing safely

I don't like the word fail, I prefer to see it as learning. The truth is that we need to learn how to handle disappointment and turn a supposed failure into a moment of learning. How can we support our kids on their journey? How can we create a safe environment for them to learn?


Doodling and learning

Were you told to stop doodling in school? I was, and it turns out that they were wrong. Doodling while listening and learning helps us and our kids retain and process information more efficiently. How can you incorporate this information into your parenting?


Radical acceptance

I recently read love defined as radical acceptance and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.


Creativity as a valuable skill

What skills are going to be most valuable for our kids in the future? It looks like creativity, critical thinking and collaboration are things worth focusing on in our kids. How do you mix teaching these skills into your parenting?


Lessons in empathy from the pandemic.

How has going slower and deeper during this time at home taught us more empathy and consideration for others? For some of us it has, for some of us it hasn't. This is a little rant about yet another elusive silver lining of shelter in place.


They are looking out my window.

What are our kids really saying when they are having arguments or meltdowns that seem irrational from a grown up's perspective?


When we bought a pony on the phone.

When we were little, my brother and sister and I bought a pony over the phone when our parents were out of town. This needs a little bit of context. It makes us seem a little less crazy. Not a lot but a little less.There are so many things to unpack in this story. It feels like one of those eighties movies where the kids grew up on their bikes and came home when it got dark kind of thing. It probably was. Or like a cartoon where the grown up people are just legs with voices that make noise....


She ate all the imaginary ice cream

My daughter has always been feisty, and it is thanks to my amazing midwife Tekoa that I had the guidance to mother her without taking out the flame.