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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

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Episodes
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What's Great (Lately!) About Our Eight: Episode 470

6/18/2024
With eight kids between us and so much to discuss on the podcast, we can go for long stretches without catching up about our own families. Join Meagan and Sarah in our last episode before our summer hiatus as we swap stories about our own kids and share what’s coming up for them this summer. Spanning tween through young adult, we think ‘our eight’ are pretty great, and we’re excited to share them with you today! Curious about The Mom Hour’s summer podcast schedule? Listen to us chat about what’s ahead for the podcast here. HELPFUL LINKS: On Motherly Pride: Episode 469Julia Gets Wise With Anne LamottTalking About Our Own Kids. Or Not.: Episode 364On This Day In (Our Motherhood) History: Episode 366Baby Names & How We Chose Them: Episode 262Our Kids & Their Friendships: Episode 207What’s Great (And Less-Great) About Our Eight: Episode 152Real Talk About High School (With A Real Teen!): Voices 71 With Meagan’s Son Will OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:59:00

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What’s Ahead This Summer (Personally & On The Podcast)

6/14/2024
Come behind the scenes and let’s chat about Summer 2024! Meagan and Sarah each share what’s on deck for their families this summer – from new business ventures to international travel, camps for kids and creative breaks for us. We also map out what you can expect from the podcast for the next several weeks, including some exciting new content and much-requested topics. Join us! HELPFUL LINKS: Holidays To Switzerland Untold ItalyParenting Lessons From Travel Abroad: Episode 448bookstoreBooks & Reading Reflections for 2023: Episode 445@papermillbooks OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:13

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On Motherly Pride: Episode 469

6/11/2024
Sure, we’re PROUD of our kids. Isn’t every mom? When kids overcome an obstacle, crush a school project, score the winning goal, or graduate with honors, we feel that familiar swell. But feeling motherly pride is just the beginning, it seems. Expressing it to our kids and sharing it with others brings up a whole suite of other ‘stuff’, from bragging and comparison to ego and more. Join Meagan and Sarah as we navigate this emotional landscape together, in real time. It’s a fun one! HELPFUL LINKS: Pomp, Circumstance, And Motherhood: Episode 419The Complicated Reality of Parental PrideSend us OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:53:11

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House Rules For Messy Fun: Episode 468

6/4/2024
From glitter explosions to squishy Play-Doh creations, epic blanket forts and paint-covered masterpieces, today we explore the joys and challenges of messy play with little ones. In this latest House Rules episode, Meagan and Sarah share tips from The Mom Hour community on how to set boundaries for messy fun, contain the chaos, and handle the inevitable cleanup. Join us! HELPFUL LINKS: House Rules For Messy FunHouse Rules For Easier Bedtimes: Episode 443House Rules For Tidying Up: Episode 413House Rules For Gifting & Giving: Episode 393House Rules For After School: Episode 380House Rules for Playdates: Episode 340On Messes And Motherhoodkid-friendly, handheld dustpan and broom OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:35

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Stay at Home, Work Full-Time, or Something in Between? [Classic Replay]

5/31/2024
Are you happy with your work-mom balance? This classic replay from 2017 is about finding satisfaction in your current situation and how to take small steps toward a different one (if that’s what you’re seeking). Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, working outside the home, freelancing or something in between, we’ve got you covered. Just know that no matter what your choice and how you feel about it, you’re definitely not alone. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: 10 Signs You Might Be a Work-Anywhere-Possible-Mom (WAPM)to see the Facebook conversationInstagram conversationTime Management & Productivity Tips For Savvy Working Moms: Voices 54 With Whitnee HawthorneInside the Lives of 3 Working Moms: Voices 02Career Challenges & Working Mom Strategies: Voices 41Listener Questions (Working Mom / SAHM Edition): Episode 142Meagan & Sarah’s Working-Mom Lives: Episode 140“How To Start A Freelance Career Without Spending Money” OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:40:53

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Sipping, Steeping, Hydrating & Celebrating: Let's Talk About Beverages!: Episode 467

5/28/2024
Hot, cold, non-alcoholic, spirits: If we drink it, we’re chatting about it today. Join Meagan and Sarah as we discuss our go-to beverages, sipping vessels and drinking habits with a few product recommendations sprinkled throughout. We hope you’ll either be inspired to hydrate or mix up a yummy cocktail by the end of this episode (or, hey! maybe both!) Cheers! HELPFUL LINKS: Liquid DeathBubly Sparkling WaterHOP WTRPartake BrewingAthletic BrewFULSparkel Beverage SystemEnglish Breakfast TeaAllulose SweetenerYeti Water bottleSpindrift Lime and MintLaCroix Sparkling WaterTrader Joe’s Fairtrade Organic Five Country Blend14 Oz. Ember MugOXO Cold Brew Coffee MakerLMNT electrolyte drink mixNuun electrolyte mixHydro FlaskFever TreeMore Than Mom: BeveragesMore Than Mom: Cheers!OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:05:47

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Small Home Refreshes To Kick Off Summer: Episode 466

5/21/2024
Does your space need a refresh? We’re here for the smallest investments that yield big satisfaction, from sprucing up your potted plants to adding a thrifted table lamp or swapping out the color of your napkins. Join Meagan and Sarah as we offer ideas for how to use your existing space in a new way, and share the tiny refreshes we’re doing this spring to get ready for summer. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: Plant Lady TalkBeeswax BaseGallery Wall with MixtilesHome Décor & Dining Out: Episode 77More Than Mom: Spring Décor & Home Pick-Me-UpsSeasonally-Inspired Homemaking & Parenting: Voices 79 With Katherine DeVriesMore Than Mom: Outdoor Décor & Patio StyleMore Than Mom: Décor NostalgiaOTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:52:30

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Our First Year As Kindergarten Moms Is Done And Here's What We Learned

5/17/2024
First-time kindergarten moms Jennifer and Jayme pop in today to reflect on all things kindergarten. Being in the homestretch of the school year, we share some of the things that surprised us about our kids’ first year of elementary school. We also offer reassurance and advice for those heading into their kindergarten journey. Spoiler: the kids won’t be the only ones who learn and grow. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: Jayme Sherrodfollow her on InstagramJennifer Carolfollow her on InstagramKindergarten Parent Primer: Podcast Episodes & Blog PostsOTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:55:54

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Elementary School Mom-Life (The Good, The Hard & The Funny): Episode 465

5/14/2024
For Sarah this spring, it's the end of an era: elementary school parenting. The youngest of our combined eight kids is wrapping up fifth grade, so today Meagan asks Sarah to reflect back on the (long!) season of parenting in the grade school years. Our conversation is filled with reflections, emotions, gentle regrets, and laughs. Plus, a good-old-fashioned round of Would You Rather: Elementary School Mom Edition. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: Pomp, Circumstance, And Motherhood: Episode 419School Decisions Feel Like a LOT (Here’s What To Keep In Mind): Episode 298School Volunteering That Fits Your Personality: Episode 245Tips For Starting (Elementary & Middle) School: Episode 221Glad I Did / Wish I’d Done: Back To School: Episode 377 OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:50

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“Typical” Teen Milestones: They’re Not What You Think! Episode 464

5/7/2024
Prom dates and driver’s licenses, football games and parties: did we get our ideas about teenagers and high school from the movies? Well, largely, yes, we did. (Our own experiences and memories, too, of course!) Today Meagan and Sarah – now parents to many teens between us – unpack stereotypical teen milestones and share whether they’ve matched up to our preconceptions – or not. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: Playlist: 18 Podcast Episodes For Parents Of TeenagersParent of AdultsReal Talk About High School (With A Real Teen!): Voices 71 With Meagan’s Son WillParenting Teens Always Feels A Hot StoveWhy Mother’s Day Is Hard (And How To Make It What You Want This Year): Episode 311 OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:58:15

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Real Vs. Artificial (And How We Help Our Kids Tell The Difference)

5/3/2024
With A.I., social media, and virtual reality top of mind for many parents, we’re flipping the script today and looking at all that the physical, tangible, and tactile world have to offer our families. Acknowledging that it’s not a zero-sum proposition (we’re pro-technology in lots of ways!), Meagan and Sarah share specific ways in which we keep real, embodied, sensory experiences part of our own lives, and how we incorporate them into our family cultures. Join us! HELPFUL LINKS: Grow WildParenting Lessons From Travel Abroad: Episode 448 OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:00:54

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New Products & Honest Opinions: Episode 463

4/30/2024
Sleeping with a watch on, tubing mascara and face razors make the list in this grab bag of new things we are trying lately. Some of them we love, some of them we really want to like but just don't, and others we need your feedback! Join us for an fun, honest chat about the some new things we're trying lately. HELPFUL LINKS: What We’re Wearing Lately: Episode 450More Than Mom: Empties! (Products We Love So Much We Want More…)More Than Mom: Products We’re Loving LatelyHome & Life Products We’re Loving: Episode 246Cleaning Products We Can’t Live Without: Episode 346Costco Sports BraCeraVe Daily Moisturizing LotionAutoSleep AppDuolingo AppThrive Cosmetics Tubing MascaraPainless Learning PlacematsWool X LeggingsElf PrimerFlamingo Face RazorsCubii Under The Desk Elliptical Aveda Shampoo and ConditionerSun Touchable White GlowGlossier Lip ColorsHappy Feet Socks Oura RingOTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:59:46

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MORE Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 462

4/23/2024
Joy wonders how parenting changes as kids hit new milestones. As Emily’s youngest approaches kindergarten, she wants to find purpose beyond motherhood. Chelsea struggles in a new remote work position and questions whether she made the right career move. And Dana asks when and how to start conversations with her kids about the expectations she has for them after high school. This week we’re back with MORE listener questions – enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: archivesClick here18 podcast episodes from our archivesLiving A Writerly Life: Episode 454OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:53:56

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Preparing Kids (And Ourselves!) For Summer Independence [Classic Replay]

4/19/2024
Summer lets kids expand their experiences, gain new skills, and experience independence – but those opportunities can be scary, too! In this classic replay from 2022, Meagan and Sarah share stories about the times our kids seemed vulnerable when faced with more independence, how those nerves showed up in our children (and ourselves!), how we handled our nervous energy, and planned for major milestones with kids who were nervous to spread their wings. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: playlistThe Gift of Failure by Jessica LaheyHow to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-HaimsWe Can Do Hard Things“This Is Too Hard!”: How I’m Showing My Kids The Importance Of Doing Hard Things OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:51:51

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Listener Questions & Our Advice: Episode 461

4/16/2024
Rebekah struggles with a culture of “husband bashing” and negativity in her local mom circles. Ainsley wonders how she and her husband will handle being outnumbered once their third child arrives. Candice wants to feel seen in all she does for her family – prompting Meagan and Sarah to explore different kinds of invisible labor and unpack the work we sometimes assign ourselves. And Amanda asks us to give an update on our current food values. In Episode 461, Meagan and Sarah take these questions from our community and offer tips and validation. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: archivesFriendships in Motherhood, Part One (Redefining “Ride Or Die”): Episode 307Friendships In Motherhood, Part Two (Deepening & Widening Your Circle): Episode 308Emotional Labor, Burnout & Completing The Stress Cycle: Episode 285Letting Go of Perfect-Holiday-Mom Pressure (For Real This Time): Episode 290Family Food Values & What’s Working For Us: Episode 244Family’sOTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:55:57

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Hacks For Slaying Busy Seasons: Episode 460

4/9/2024
Baseball, Scouts, soccer, basketball….you name it, our kids are doing it! In this episode, Catie and Katie are back to discuss all the stuff, processes, and mindsets that help get our families through a busy season. Join us for some of our favorite products, meal strategies, plus where and how we delegate responsibilities out to family members. Plus, it’ll be summer before we know it, and have some thoughts on how to tackle that, too. Enjoy! Meagan and Sarah are off for the first two weeks of April. Enjoy the Katie+Catie takeover, and we’ll be back soon! HELPFUL LINKS: Katie GouldnerCatie ParrishBONUS: Navigating Youth Sportslululemon clippable card pouchbracelet to wear around her wristpost-it dry erase whiteboard stickersYetiOwalaGatorade water bottlesVera Bradley Large ToteBentgo boxesEasy Lunchboxes OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:07:50

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Small Tweaks To Save Big Money: Episode 459

4/2/2024
With the cost of EVERYTHING at near record highs, many families want to be mindful about where all their hard-earned dollars go. In this episode, Catie Parrish and Katie Gouldner share some of their best tips and tricks for stretching those dollars (and even saving in the process!). While groceries and eating out are easy targets for slashing your monthly spending, you might be surprised at a few other tips for saving big – plus, Katie shares how her recent no-spend month went, and how much her family saved! Meagan and Sarah are off for the first two weeks of April. Enjoy the Katie+Catie takeover, and we’ll be back soon! HELPFUL LINKS: Katie GouldnerCatie ParrishThe Frugal FriendsNo Spend JanuarySaving Money On Food And Groceries: Episode 3517 Ways We’re Saving Money This Fall: Episode 277Saving Money on Groceries & Household Supplies: Episode 55HersheyparkArboretumDisney Planning / Disney Parenting: Episode 410Tips For Traveling With Small Kids (Catie’s Florida Family Vacation)Tips For Traveling With Teens (Meagan’s Florida Family Vacation)OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:57:37

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Meet Meagan & Sarah: Episode 458

3/26/2024
Nine years on the mic together and almost thirteen collaborating in some capacity: today we’re reflecting and celebrating! Whether you’re a longtime listener who feels like a friend (we see you!) or a newer community member still learning which one of us is blonde (it’s Meagan), this episode will bring fresh stories and familiar reminders of who we are and why we’re here. We hope you’ll join us! HELPFUL LINKS How We’re The Same (And Also Different)Meagan & Sarah Interview Each OtherWhat We’ve Learned From Each OtherTraveling As Business BestiesOur Childhood CrushesAsk Us Anything!Talking About Our Own Kids. Or Not: Episode 364Business Behind-The-Scenes & State Of The Podcast Chat: Episode 396More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes Of Our PartnershipMore Than Mom: Making The Podcast (Then vs. Now)More Than Mom: Behind The Scenes & Business UpdatesBehind The Scenes (How We Make The Podcast): Episode 91Other Helpful Links: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:19:04

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Would You Rather? [Classic Replay]

3/22/2024
We’re revisiting a classic from the archives today: a ridiculous game of Would You Rather…? Meagan and Sarah recorded this one in person together on a hot summer day back in 2018 (almost six years ago!), and in it we challenge each other to pick between wildly impossible scenarios. Which one of us would rather deal with an insane diaper blowout while in public and which would rather have an end-of-the-world public tantrum? You’ll have to listen to find out! HELPFUL LINKS where we played even more Would You Rather…episodes from the archives on hobbies! OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:23:03

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Sanity Savers For Stuck-At-Home Days: Episode 457

3/19/2024
Whether it’s a sick day, a snow day, or something else entirely, being stuck at home with kids is a natural opportunity to bend or flex your house rules to keep the kids entertained (and retain your sanity). In today’s episode, Meagan and Sarah share our community’s genius ideas for getting through long days spent at home. Join us for smart hacks for sick kids (and moms!), easy activities that help full long hours, and ways to make being stuck inside a little less awful. Enjoy! HELPFUL LINKS: Mother’s Gratitude JournalKiwi CrateGet 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code THEMOMHOUR.practical tips for making stuck-at-home days with kids less stressful and more fun!House Rules For Sibling Harmony: Episode 314OMG We’re Sick AGAIN?!: Episode 389Uggghhh…Sick Days: Episode 75Stuck At Home? Us Too. Here Are Some Ideas: Episode 2528 Activities To Make Spring Break At Home With Little Kids Bearable (And Fun!)OTHER HELPFUL LINKS: Visit our websiteCheck out deals from our partnersFollow us on InstagramJoin our private listener group on FacebookSign up for our newsletter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:32