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Episode 026: Traveling with Children

Traveling with children can mean that there will be additional challenges, but there can also be additional joys. With a little extra mindfulness and preparation, the whole family can enjoy happy and safe adventures wherever your travels take you. "We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey." - John Hope Franklin It is common to think of all the extra added discomforts...


Episode 025: Exploring Boundaries

Sheila and Maria invite you to explore the purpose and challenges of setting and living with boundaries as well as what we teach our young children when we establish boundaries for them and how they learn from those boundaries as they grow. "To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today." - Barbara Johnson In this life, there are many forms of boundaries, both physical and social, and it's important as parents that we introduce our young children to...


Episode 024: Rites of Passage

Sheila and Maria share their experiences with celebrating rites of passage within their families, how it has affected their family relationships and a bit about the cultures that have given us these traditions. "Every positive change, every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness, involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation, I have never found an exception." - Dan...


Episode 023: The Invitation

Sheila and Maria have an invitation for you - the invitation to bravely cultivate your practice of vulnerability in life and in parenthood. In the midst of the many struggles we face as individuals, within our communities, and as humans, the act of boldly allowing yourself to be visible is a powerful tool for building and maintaining connection. "...I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer,...


Episode 022: Aromatherapy Explained

Sheila and Maria welcome special guest, Aromatherapist, Kaysi Contreras. This episode reveals the science and evidence behind the practice of aromatherapy and offers practical tips for your own use essential oils at home. "Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived." - Hellen Keller In this episode, The Moms I Know welcome a mom they know, Aromatherapist extraordinaire, Kaysi Contreras, to talk all things aromatherapy. Kaysi...

Episode 021: Fostering a Growth Mindset

Sheila and Maria raise awareness on the topic of shifting the family mindset to focus on efforts over achievements. Harnessing the value of perseverance to raise children who thrive on challenges and are excited by learning opportunities. "The best thing parents can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning." - Carol Dweck, author of Mindset This episode is grounded in the belief that "if we want to change the world,...


Episode 020: Consumerism and Purchasing Power

Sheila and Maria dive into the topic of consumerism, to share their purchasing perspectives and suggest ways to bring consciousness to the decisions we make around consumerism, especially during the holidays. "It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life." - Christopher Lasch. The choices we each make as consumers affect not only our daily lives and our wallets, but they...


Episode 019: Non-Toxic Lifestyle

Sheila and Maria share their experiences, education, and perspectives on the topic of non-toxic living including ways to be economical while making healthful choices for your family. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr. In this episode, we dive into the conversation about environmental toxins and what we as adults and parents can do to minimize the harmful effects of chemicals on our bodies. There are lots of options...


Episode 018: Family Values and Career Choices

Sheila and Maria discuss the decisions all families are faced with when it is time to decide who will work, how they will work, and who will care for the children. "As a mother, you can have it all, you just may not be able to have it all at once." - Elaine Anderson In this episode, Sheila and Maria examine both society's viewpoints and the aspects of self-worth regarding the task and value of raising children vs. participating in the workforce. With the costs of living and...


Episode 017: Focus on Birth and Postpartum Care

Sheila and Maria interview birth and postpartum doula, Ana Hernandez, and discuss the importance of caring for and nurturing a mother throughout birth and postpartum. "Childbirth is power in its purest and most natural form. It is wild and uncontrollable and takes us on a journey of surrender. Birth is about so much more than babies being born. It is about a mother finding her inner strength at her most vulnerable and powerful moment, which begins her unique and lifelong journey of...


Episode 016: Home Is Where the Heart Is

As Maria embarks on her new journey of moving from California to Montana, she shares what makes a house a home and how she plans to bring the feeling of home and the family rituals she cherishes to her new dwelling in Montana. "Home is where the heart is." - Unknown So much of our lives happens in the home. It might be a place you built, where you birthed your children, where your children were married, where your parents lived. It's where you create memories of birthdays,...


Episode 015: The Importance of Sleep

Sheila and Maria discuss the importance of quality sleep for everyone and offer suggestions for maximizing sleep for families with children of all ages. "Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep." - Unknown The reports are in! Sleep is vital for our health and wellness. With technology and all the pulls and expectations we have, in America, we are living in a sleep-deprived culture. It's important that we are intentional about taking the necessary steps and setting the...


Episode 014: Children's Literature

Sheila and Maria share their top reading recommendations for all ages as well as stories from their experiences that demonstrate how literature has helped their family to learn and grow together over the years. "Children's books change lives. Stories pour into the hearts of children and help make them what they become." - Jane Yolen We share a strong belief that literature and storytelling carry with them an amazing power to impart timeless wisdom into the hearts and lives of each...


Episode 013: Cultivating Gratitude and Generosity

Sheila and Maria share several examples from their life experiences that have helped them to cultivate a lasting family practice of gratitude and generosity. "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness. It's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." - Brené Brown When we raise our children with the intention that we want them to grow up to be adults who are grateful for what they have and want to give back to their communities, it allows...


Episode 012: Mindful Healthcare

Sheila and Maria approach the topic of health and wellness from a holistic point of view, offering food for thought and suggestions for finding the best wellness support for your family. "A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession." - Hippocrates When we look back throughout history, women have traditionally been the healers within their villages and tribes. They have been the ones who have carried on the herbal lore and who have known how to remedy the...


Episode 011: Technology in the 21st Century

Sheila and Maria discuss the use of technology and screen-time in the home including studies on the impact of these behaviors on our developing children and drawing on decades of experience observing and working with families as they have navigated these types of decisions. "So your kids must love the iPad?" I asked Mr. Steve Jobs, trying to change the subject, the company's first tablet was just hitting the shelves. "They haven't used it," he told me "we limit how much technology our...


Episode 010: Education Choices

The Moms I Know discuss the importance of making a thoughtful and intentional decision when choosing the way that your family will approach education and when making the proper choice of how to educate each child in your family. Maria and Sheila offer insight and suggestions from their personal and professional lives for investigating your options and give you ideas for the types of things you will want to consider when determining the best approach for each of your children. "There is no...


Episode 009: Enjoying the Seasons

Sheila and Maria reflect on the seasons of our lives and provide ideas for seasonal activities that can become traditions, create learning opportunities, and allow for a deeper, more meaningful experience of each season within our families. “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.” - Ecclesiastes In regard to the seasons and the rhythm of our family culture, our focus is on seasonal activities and family traditions. In this episode, we talk about the...


Episode 008: Outdoor Adventures

Sheila and Maria discuss how nature can be the best classroom and the importance of creating space for your family to experience time together disconnected from daily life. Sheila recounts her family’s recent river rafting adventures and the learning opportunities that were presented. “The things they saw, the experiences they had, the adventures, the mishaps...all of those things create this magic.” - The Moms I Know The great outdoors can be the best classroom. As Sheila describes...


Episode 007: The Power of Simplicity

The Moms I Know discuss the topic of simplifying in regard to physical possessions and family culture, and offer examples of why it’s important, what’s to gain, and how you can get started today. “Every time you notice them and wish they were different, they pull energy from you. They are subtly subtracting energy from your life instead of adding energy to your life.” - Jack Canfield, The Success Principles It's time to take stock of what gives you energy and what takes energy from...