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English, Children-Kids, 1 season, 111 episodes, 1 day, 20 hours, 23 minutes
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If you need a mom friend right now, you’ve come to the right place. On iMOM.com we share ideas, insight, and inspiration. All that happens here, too, by sharing the best kind of stories—mom stories.
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How to Avoid the Mom Comparison Trap

We all have different stories. Our pasts, our kids, our marriages... they're all unique, but we love to compare ourselves to one another anyway. In this episode, we talk about how to stop comparing yourself with others, what pulls you into that trap, and what to do to maintain a healthy mindset. Mentions:Dare to Compare StudyThe Mom I Am Personality TestThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/13/202421 minutes, 22 seconds
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Parenting Different Personalities

No two kids are the same, even within one family! In this episode, we discuss how different personalities can make parenting more challenging and how we can use our strengths to be the best moms we can be to all of our children.Mentions:How to Know What Your Kids Are Made ofThe Positive Impact Fostering Has on Your Biological ChildrenPodcast Episode 72: Have We Taken Parenting Styles Too Far?The Positive Impact Fostering Has on Your Biological Children5 Things You Should Be Concerned About If You Are Considering Becoming a Foster ParentState Foster Care Information WebsitesWhat Barriers Are Stopping You From Fostering or Adopting?This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/6/202422 minutes, 36 seconds
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Preparing the Child vs Preparing the Path

We can't prepare our kids for everything the might encounter in life, but we can help lay a foundation that sets them up to be able to make good decisions and be confident in who they are. If you're trying to build kids who know their worth and can handle difficulty, this is the episode for you!Mentions:5 Traits of a Well-Rounded Child7 Core Values Every Child NeedsSusan's book, The Passionate MomThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/29/202418 minutes, 57 seconds
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5 Things Burned Out Moms Believe

Being a mom is a gift and a blessing, but boy, is it a lot of work. That means motherhood can lead to burnout. But there's hope! In this episode, we talk about the things moms believe that lead to that "I need a break" feeling and ways to find rest.Mentions:5 Lies the Exhausted Mom Believes15 Things to Do When You’re Feeling OverwhelmedResearch Conducted by Ohio State University on Working Parent BurnoutThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/22/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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When to Get Involved in Other Kids' Problems

Bullying, risky behavior, inappropriate conversations... when a child is in trouble or doing something he shouldn't, but it's not YOUR child, when should you step in? In this episode, we talk about when to meddle and when to mind your own business.Mentions:How Involved Should You Get in Another Kid’s Drama?The Mom MafiaThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/15/202420 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to Slow Down and Be Present With Your Kids

"Blink, and your kids will be grown." Have you heard that before? Well, we can't avoid blinking, so how can moms slow down a little and practice being present with our kids so we can have meaningful moments?  Mentions:4 Things You Need to Fall Back Into7 Meaningful Ways to Spend Time With Your Kids3 Simple Truths That Help You Parent With PurposeQ&U App for Hundreds of Conversation StartersThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/8/202421 minutes, 18 seconds
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What Do You Do If Your Kid's Coach Is Harsh?

No mom wants to stand on the sidelines and listen to her child get yelled at or hear about a coach who's a bully at practice. But knowing the next best step can be tricky. Pull your child from the activity? Report the coach? That's our discussion for today's iMOM Podcast episode. Mentions:5 R’s to Use With Your Kid’s Harsh CoachFind out how to start an All Pro Dad chapter at your kids' school.This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/1/202420 minutes, 16 seconds
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Can You Get a Toddler to Listen Without Yelling?

Why are the tiniest members of our families the ones who frustrate us the most? When your toddler won't listen or is mischievous, it's tempting to yell (and yes, we all yell). In this episode, we'll discuss our attempts to get toddlers to comply without raising our voices.  Mentions:8 Ways to Get Toddlers to Listen Without Yelling5 Ways to Get Your Toddler to ListenIs Your Toddler’s Favorite Show Too Much?Gentle Parenting: A Passing Fad or the Style for You?This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/25/202418 minutes, 40 seconds
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Laughing When You Want to Cry

Hindsight helps us realize a situation wasn't as big of a deal as we thought, but when we're in the thick of it, it's hard not to cry. In this episode, Chloe talks about how she managed to laugh during a disastrous day, and we talk about keeping things in perspective. Mentions:5 Ways to Laugh Instead of CryAll Pro Dad Podcast Ep. 8: What Are 7 Things A Son Needs From His Dad?Folex - the miracle cleaning solution Megan and Susan talked aboutThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/18/202419 minutes, 9 seconds
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Making the Most of a School Break

Have you ever gotten to the end of a school break and thought, did we really relax? Did we have fun? Did we make the most of it? Striking a balance during time off isn't hard, but it takes some thought. Let us do the thinking for you in this episode.Mentions:6 Ways to Make the Most of School BreaksThe Schedule That Saved Our SummerSummer Bucket List50 Things to Do This SummerWhy You Should Try Out “No Rules Day”This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/11/202420 minutes, 31 seconds
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100th Episode! Listener Mailbag

The iMOM Podcast has hit a milestone: 100 episodes! To celebrate, we're answering questions from listeners. Thanks for growing with us and taking us along on your parenting journey!Mentions:Want to ask a question? Have an idea for an episode? Email [email protected] episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/4/202418 minutes, 22 seconds
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Can a People Pleaser Be an Assertive Mom?

Are you a people pleaser? What happened when you became a mom? Did it get worse, or did you become more assertive? In this episode, we chat about what's behind the need to please others and how to do what's best for our kids.Mentions:5 Things a Recovering People Pleaser Should PracticeMy Son Laughs When I Yell. It Used to Drive Me Crazy.This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.comFollow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/26/202421 minutes, 49 seconds
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Becoming "Mom"

When your name changed to "Mom," did you experience an identity crisis? Even if you were overjoyed to become a mother, it's a massive change for your body, mind, and self-image. In today's episode, we'll talk about adjusting to this new (and hopefully improved) version of you.   Mentions:3 Reasons Becoming “Mom” Is AwesomeLosing Yourself in Motherhood—But Maybe NotHarvard Business Review Article About New Mothers as ProfessionalsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.comFollow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/19/202419 minutes, 5 seconds
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Developing a Parenting Partnership With Your Husband

With more moms working, we really do need our husbands to be parenting partners. In this episode, we talk about how to cooperate with our husbands, express what we need, and lean on each other’s parenting strengths. Mentions:5 Ways You Can Help Your Husband Be a Better Dad5 Strengths Dads Bring to ParentingWhen You Resent Your Husband After Having a BabyFind or Start an All Pro Dad ChapterPew Research Center Facts About American DadsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/12/202420 minutes, 58 seconds
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Should Kids Be Allowed to Use A.I. for School?

Even if you aren't familiar with the capabilities of A.I., your kids are, and it's probably just a matter of time before they want to use it for school. In this episode, we discuss whether using A.I. at school is helpful, harmful, or maybe a little bit of both.  Mentions:Is Using A.I. for Schoolwork Cheating?7 Core Values Every Child NeedsJunior Achievement SurveyThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/5/202419 minutes, 5 seconds
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Battling the Sunday Scaries

The Sunday Scaries (a.k.a. the Sunday Blues) hit adults and kids, but they don't have to! This episode will help you get to the heart of what's giving you that icky feeling on Sunday evening and help you and the kids hold on to that relaxed weekend vibe.  Mentions:7 Tips for Eliminating the Sunday ScariesPrintable Habit TrackersPrintable Week PlannerThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/29/202416 minutes, 15 seconds
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Loving (and Juggling) Multiple Kids

How do you show love to each of your kids when they need it when you’re just one person? ESPN’s Laura Rutledge is back with us to talk about how to be a great mom when your attention is divided between multiple kids.  Mentions:The 5 Love Languages of ChildrenA Simple Way to Discover Your Child’s Love LanguageWhat I Didn’t Expect About Expecting Baby #24 Fun Ways to Fit in One-on-One Time With KidsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/22/202427 minutes, 30 seconds
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Labeling Kids

The “smart one,” “lazy,” “a handful,” “our future pro athlete.” Putting labels on kids is tempting. We all do it to a certain extent, but when does it become harmful? In this episode, Chloe shares a story of being labeled as a kid, and we talk about the effects of labels.Mentions:Six 4-Letter Words Never to Say to Your Child5 Ways Labeling Hurts Our ChildrenThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/15/202421 minutes, 44 seconds
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Meal Planning and Family Dinners

Eating together as a family is no easy feat with busy schedules and wiggly kids. In this episode, we talk about how to make family meals happen and plan meals so you’re not scrambling every night (unless it’s breakfast for dinner, of course!). Mentions:10 Ideas That Will Help You Conquer Meal PlanningHow to Make Family Dinners Happen6 Family Dinner Conversation StartersA Weekly Dinner Plan to Help You Cook at Home More5 Rules for Family Meals10 Table Manners for Kids PrintablePass the Piggy PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | XSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/8/202423 minutes, 39 seconds
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New Year! New Baby! New Mom!

Can you hear the baby cooing? Chloe shares what the first three months of motherhood have been like (and her sweet baby makes his first podcast appearance). What do you remember from your first months as a new mom, and what advice do you give new moms now?Mentions:7 Ways to Resist the Pressures of Being a New Mom15 Things I Wish I’d Known as a New Mom4 Clever Responses to “Is He a Good Baby?”What I Wish I Knew as a New MomThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/1/202421 minutes, 24 seconds
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Beating the Post-Christmas Blues

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and then it's over. (Or is it?) Many of us struggle with the blues when Christmas or the New Year has passed. This episode will give you some ideas for working through them and for talking through the blues with kids, too. Mentions:Simon Sinek's talk on the scientific power of kindness 7 Ways Moms Can Beat the Post-Holiday BluesThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/25/202321 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dealing With Difficult Relatives

Most of us have relatives who ruffle our feathers or have habits we’re not crazy about, so how do we love them and celebrate holidays and special occasions without losing our cool? Mentions:5 Healthy Ways to Handle a Manipulative Mother-in-Law5 Things to Help You Understand Your Mother-in-Law Problems3 Ways You’re Creating Barriers Instead of Setting BoundariesThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/18/202322 minutes, 9 seconds
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Some of Our Favorite Tools for Better Marriage Communication

Every couple communicates in their particular way, but there are some communication tools that are helpful across the board in marriage. In this episode, we share ideas for how to be more clear, open, and productive in how we speak with our husbands.Mentions: Could a Feedback Wheel Change Your Marriage?Let’s Talk About Marriage CommunicationWhy You Need a Pre-Fight Warm-UpThis 1 Question Is a Communication Game-Changer5-Second Questions to Keep Your Marriage on TrackAuthor and Speaker, Ted LowePrintable: Conversation Starters for Married Couples This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/11/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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Finding Joy in the Chaos

ESPN’s Laura Rutledge joins us for this episode about how to enjoy the sweet and silly moments of motherhood when they seem to be overshadowed by the crazy and chaotic ones! Mentions:Survey on Parents' Busyness Affecting Time With KidsSometimes I Hate Being a Mom. Now What?Printable: Don't Forget to RememberFollow Laura Rutledge on Instagram This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/4/202324 minutes, 5 seconds
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Christmas Presents—What, How, and How Much!

Presents are a fun part of Christmas, even if they’re not the most important part. Moms have great ideas for buying, hiding, and wrapping gifts. So, let’s share those ideas and discuss how to keep our families focused on what matters most. Mentions:15 Experience Gift Ideas for Christmas4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Gifts for Your KidsThe Secret to Teaching Gratitude During the HolidaysBuy a Goat!  Christmas Prayers Printable Christmas Giving and Wishing List 30 Day Holiday Challenge Printable Advent Calendar for KidsLight ‘Em Up Planner The Story of Christmas PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/27/202332 minutes
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Do You Let Expectations Ruin a Holiday?

Moms are experts at imagining how a special day will unfold and then feeling disappointed when things don’t go as expected. How do we keep our expectations from getting in the way of our enjoyment of the holidays? This episode will help you keep yourself in check and prioritize what matters most to you and your family.Mentions:3 Ways to Keep Your Expectations From Ruining the MomentPrintable: Christmas This or That for KidsPrintable: Thanksgiving This or That Questions for KidsPrintable: Holiday Helper CardsPrintable: Christmas Giving and Wishing ListThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/20/202324 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Family Meeting

Have you ever called a family meeting? Before you ignore the idea and say it’s just another thing to put on your list, listen to this episode. We’ll share how a family meeting can help your house run more smoothly, improve communication and cooperation, and strengthen your family identity. And it can all happen in 15 minutes! Mentions:5 Most Important Things to Do at a Family MeetingThe Secret to Great Family MeetingsPrintable: Family Meeting ToolPrintable: Family Name Mission StatementAll Pro Dad Chapter ProgramThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/13/202320 minutes, 31 seconds
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When Kids Make Marriage Difficult

You and your husband are a team, a united front committed to parenting your kids well, but what do you do when parenting makes your marriage feel less united? In this episode, we get honest about how kids can make it hard for husbands and wives to connect or get along (and how they make marriage stronger, too!). Mentions:How the Rule of 1 Can Refresh Your MarriageHusband or Kids: Who Comes First?A different perspective on triangulation: How Triangulation Hurts Your ChildrenPrintable 30 Day Marriage ChallengeThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/6/202323 minutes, 20 seconds
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Backtalk: The Good, the Bad, and the Sassy

Backtalk is one of the most frustrating behaviors from a child, but is all backtalk created equal? In this episode, we talk about what defines backtalk, how to respond to it, and how to raise a child who can assert himself without being disrespectful.Mentions:Want Respectful Kids? Follow These 5 Steps4 Types of Back Talkers and How to Deal With ThemWise Words When Your Children Talk BackPrintable Character Builder: RespectPrintable Character Builder: Self-ControlPrintable How to Pray for Your Teen Printable How to Pray for Your Middle SchoolerThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/30/202317 minutes, 40 seconds
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Let's Bring Back 'Good Enough' Parenting

Do you think the best kind of mom is the perfect mom? If you feel pressure to be perfect, this episode will bring you a big sigh of relief. Not only is the perfect mom not actually a thing, but it’s better for our children if we drop the ball now and then! Mentions:4 Times to Embrace Good Enough ParentingTake the Mom I Am Personality TestThe Passionate MomPrintable 10 Mom PrayersThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/23/202325 minutes, 3 seconds
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Socializing Through Screens

As a kid, did you ride your bike to the neighbor’s house or talk on the phone in the evening? That's how we socialized. Many kids today socialize through screens: Online gaming, social media, texting, which means moms are fighting this battle. On one side is the desire to limit screen time. On the other is the understanding that this is a major part of kids' social lives.Mentions:3 Reasons I Let My Kids Socialize Through Online GamingUniversity of Chicago Press Article: Kids These Days: Are Face-to-Face Social Skills among American Children Declining?Pew Research Center Article: Teens who are constantly online are just as likely to socialize with their friends offlinePrintable Social Media Contract for KidsPrintable Teen Cell Phone ContractThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/16/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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I Don't Want to Nag, but if I Don't...

Have you ever been accused of nagging? If you have, we bet your response was, “If I don’t nag, nothing gets done!” In this episode, we discuss the difference between nagging and reminding and the hidden reasons why moms nag.Mentions:How to Stop Nagging in 3 StepsHow to Stop Nagging: 3 Red Flags to Watch ForIs It Nagging or Giving Advice?This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/9/202319 minutes, 55 seconds
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Protecting A Child Who Wants to Follow the Crowd

Do you have a child who’s eager to imitate her friends? Is it a personality thing or a search for identity? In today’s iMOM Podcast episode, we’ll help you encourage your kids to make their own choices and appreciate what makes them unique.Mentions:How to Prepare Your Child to Resist Peer PressureWashington Post Article: ‘Like’ it or not, teen brain is primed to join the crowdThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/2/202324 minutes, 28 seconds
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Psst. It's Time to Talk to Your Kids About Gossip

Avoiding gossip is one of the hardest lessons to teach our kids because it’s also a huge temptation for adults. In this episode, we talk about the gossip traps we fall into and how to encourage kids to resist the temptation to do it.Mentions:17 Ways to Derail Your Child’s Gossip Train7 Tactics to Keep Kids Out of the Rumor MillPrintable: Self-Control Conversation Starters for KidsPrintable: Teaching Your Kids How to Deal with JealousyThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/25/202326 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sleepovers: Yes or No?

Sleepovers are great memory-makers for kids, but many parents are anti-sleepover for good reasons. So, are they worth the risk? In this episode, we talk about the pros and cons and how to decide if they’re right for your kids.Mentions:The Pros and Cons of Sleepovers. Should You Say Yes?4 Questions to Ask Before You RSVP Yes to a SleepoverThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/18/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Parenting Well When Tragedy Strikes

Some of the hardest parenting days are when something tragic happens in our families or communities. As much as we’d like to put our kids in bubbles and keep them safe, it’s our job to talk with them and give them tools to cope. Today’s conversation is tough but important. Mentions:Talking to Toddlers When Tragedy Strikes5 Ways Not to Make Your Kids Paranoid8 Ways to Prepare Your Children for Dealing With TragedyTips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events from SAMHSAHow to Talk With Kids About Tragedies & Other Traumatic News Events from HealthyChildren.orgThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/11/202323 minutes, 59 seconds
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We Did a Yes Day. And Survived!

Yes Day. No Rules Day. Call it what you want; it’s a wild ride for parents! In this episode, Abby tells the story of the Yes Day she did with her sons. You’ll love hearing about the first and last things the kids did, and hopefully, Abby can convince you to give a Yes Day a try. Tell us!Think you could throw caution to the wind and try a Yes Day? Have you already done one? How did it go? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Yes Day."Mentions:Why You Should Try Out “No Rules Day”8 Easy Ways to Be a Fun MomOur No Rules NightThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/4/202322 minutes, 17 seconds
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Is It Possible to Avoid Raising a Self-Centered Kid?

We all want to raise thoughtful, considerate kids, but sometimes it feels like the world is working against us. What can moms do to push back on the self-centeredness our culture is encouraging in our children?Mentions:6 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Unselfish5 Ways to Tell if You’re Raising Entitled KidsGood Character Traits Calendar and Printable PagesThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/28/202324 minutes, 43 seconds
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Have We Taken Parenting Styles Too Far?

Are you an elephant? A helicopter? A dolphin? Or are you to the point where you don’t want to be a type of mom, you just want to be you? This episode will help you realize you’re the right mom for your kids—no label required!Tell us!What type of parenting style do you relate to and why? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Parenting style."Mentions:4 Types of Parenting Styles: Which One Are You?Gentle Parenting: A Passing Fad or the Style for You?5 Ways to Know if You’re a Helicopter MomArticle from The New Yorker: The Harsh Realm of Gentle ParentingGMA Article—Free-range to elephant parenting: How to find the right parenting style for youThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/21/202322 minutes, 45 seconds
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Surviving Back to School

It's the other most wonderful time of the year—back to school! Truthfully, most moms and kids go into this season with mixed emotions. No matter how you feel about getting back into the swing of things, this episode will help you. And we might give you a little twinge of nostalgia, too. Tell us!What do you do to help your kids (and yourself) get ready for back to school? Email [email protected] with the subject line "back to school."Mentions:10 New (School) Year’s Resolutions5 Back to School Lessons Your Kids Need to Learn This Year10 Fun Ideas for the First 10 Days of School7 Ways to Ward Off Kids’ Back-to-School NervesFind out about All Pro Dad Chapters and how to bring one to your school.Printables:Lunchbox NotesBack-to-School Conversation Starters10 Ways to Pray for Your Child at SchoolBrilliant Goals Chart for KidsStrengths and StrugglesFirst Day of School PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/14/202319 minutes, 1 second
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Finding (and Keeping) Good Mom Friends

Chloe is in her third trimester and thinking about how her friendships might change when she becomes a mom. If you struggle to make or grow friendships as a mom, this episode will give you some good tips (and hope!). Tell us!What are your friendships like? And how have those relationships changed as life has changed? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Mom Friend."Mentions:3 Friendships It Might Be Time to EndWhy the Right Mom Friends Really MatterThe State of American Friendship: Change, Challenges, and LossWhat's a 'unicorn mom friend'?Floral Habit TrackerThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/7/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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Teaching Kids About Money

Teaching kids about money might not be an exciting part of parenting (especially if money is tight), but giving kids tools and knowledge about finances is something every parent should do. In this episode, Susan talks about how she and her husband used allowances, summer jobs, and personal spending to teach their five kids about money management. Tell us!How have you taught your kids about money? Do you give an allowance? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Money."Mentions:How Smart Are Your Kids About Money?Share, Save, Spend PrintableStudies Show Why You Need to Start Giving Your Kids an Allowance Today"The Talk" (About Money) by Dale AlexanderFamily Chore Chart PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/31/202327 minutes, 52 seconds
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What's Your Self Love Language?

You’ve probably heard of the five love languages, but how do they apply to showing love to yourself? In this episode, we run through all five and how you can go beyond the “bubble bath” mentality of self-care.Tell us!If you think you know your self-love language, tell us how you show it. Email [email protected] with the subject line "self-love language."Mentions:What’s Your Self-Love Language?The 5 Love Languages of Children31 Ideas for Daily Mom TimeThe 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts The Love Language QuizThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/24/202320 minutes, 22 seconds
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Helping Your Child Handle Heartache

Your kids will likely experience the heartache of a breakup, but a mom’s comfort and encouragement can improve a bad situation. In this episode, Megan shares how Susan stepped in during a breakup, and we chat about what to do and not do when your child’s relationship ends.Tell us!Tell us your breakup story—either what you went through as a teen or how you’ve handled watching your child go through one. Email [email protected] with the subject line "breakup."Mentions:5 Dos and Don’ts of Helping Your Kid Through a BreakupPrintable 10 Ways to Pray for Your TeenPew Research Center: Technology and BreakupsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/17/202323 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Your Family Experiencing Technoference?

Technoference is when technology interferes with relationships. Parents like blaming kids for always staring at screens, but we’re just as guilty. In this episode, we talk about how to live with technology without letting it rob us of connections.Tell us!Do you have any tricks that help you put technology away so it doesn’t interfere with your relationship with your kids or husband? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Technoference."Mentions:3 Ways to Keep Technoference From Hurting Your FamilyHow I Made Myself Stop ScrollingThis Easy Move Gives Kids Your Undivided AttentionPhubbing: Do You and Your Husband Do It?CNBC Article: Dumb Phones Are on the RiseDevelopmental Psychology Experiment on InterruptionsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/10/202316 minutes, 29 seconds
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Protecting Your Child From Internet Regret

Teaching your kids to be savvy about the internet and what they share on their phones can feel like battling an invisible enemy with a strategic attack plan. Today's story from Chloe can help your kids realize the impact and permanence of their actions and give parents a plan of attack of their own.    Tell us!Tell us your favorite parental control app or service or how you monitor your child’s online activity. Email [email protected] with the subject line "Internet Regret."Mentions:5 Ways to Help Your Kids Be Wise About Viral Internet Trends5 Ways to Monitor Handheld DevicesWhich Social Media Apps Should I Let My Teen Have—Or Not?My Daughter Posted Sexy Pics. What Do I Do?Printable Social Media Contract for Kids10 Ways to Pray for Your Teen PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/3/202327 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Wine Mom Culture

Do you feel the need to pour yourself a glass of wine when the house starts to get crazy around 5 p.m.? Or do you think the image of a modern mom has to include a glass of pinot? In this episode, we discuss why the wine mom craze has taken over and what it says about motherhood.Tell us!Could you go alcohol-free for a month? How much do you think you buy into the wine mom culture? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Wine Mom."Mentions:Are You Drunk On the Wine Mom Culture?These 3 Things Surprised Me Most the Month I Went Alcohol-FreeResearch on Alcohol Consumption This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/26/202323 minutes, 53 seconds
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Dividing and Conquering Around the House

How do you and your husband determine who does what around the house? Don’t let it become a source of conflict. Listen to this episode to get good ideas for dividing and conquering all the things!Tell us!Give us tips for how to have a good division of labor in our homes. Email [email protected] with the subject line "Divide and Conquer."Mentions:A Better Way to Divide and Conquer Household ResponsibilitiesChore Chart for CouplesChore Chart for KidsPew Research Center: How married and cohabiting adults see their relationshipsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/19/202320 minutes, 37 seconds
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Connecting With a Child Who's Different From You

It's easy to bond when you and your child have similar interests and personalities. But what about the child who’s your opposite? There’s no less love, but how do you connect when you have less in common?Tell us!Do you have a child who’s different from you? How do you find ways to connect? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Connect."Mentions:4 Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Interests When They Don’t Interest YouHow to Connect With the Kid Who Is Different From You7 Things Parents Do to Make Their Kids Hate SportsPrintable Mother-Daughter Bucket List Printable Mother-Son Bucket List This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/12/202321 minutes, 56 seconds
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Overcoming the Need to Be Overprotective

How do you know if you’re being overprotective or just doing what you’re supposed to do as a mom who loves her kids? Megan’s story today might help make that more clear for you as we talk about our struggles to protect our kids physically and emotionally.Tell us!Is it harder for you to watch your kids take physical risks or emotional ones? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Overprotective."Mentions:3 Ways to Walk the Line Between Protective and Overprotective4 Reasons to Take the Bubble Wrap Off Your Child3 Ways Parents Today Are Overprotective5 Signs You’re Parenting Out of FearOverprotective Parents: Signs, Examples, and Impact on Mental HealthQuit Telling Your Child to Be Careful!This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/5/202319 minutes, 37 seconds
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Parenting a Bossy Child

Do you have a child who loves to take control? Abby has a bossy (or maybe assertive) child, and she’s learning how to respond in a way that will help develop it as a strength instead of making him feel like it’s something to fix.  Tell us! If you have a bossy child, when do you see it coming out most? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Bossy."Mentions:Parenting the Bossy Child3 Sneaky Ways Anxiety Comes Out in KidsHow to Parent Well Based on Birth OrderScience Direct Article on Power and StatusSibling Love Habit TrackerSibling Love Conversation StartersThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/29/202320 minutes, 30 seconds
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Should I Diet In Front of My Kids?

Most women have gone on a diet or tried to adopt healthier eating habits. That's a complicated topic in and of itself. Once you add kids to the mix, it's taken to another level. This week's story comes from Chloe and will help you put your relationship with food (and your observant kids) into perspective.  Tell us! How do you try to pass on positive food talk to your kids? Email [email protected] with the subject line "diet."Mentions:Should I Diet in Front of My Kids?5 Mom Bod Features to LoveThe Secret to a Positive Body Image for Moms5 Things to Say if Your Child Wants to Lose WeightNYTimes: Your Kids Don’t Have to Inherit Your Body-Image IssuesNYTimes: Anxious About Family Mealtimes? Serve a BuffetThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/22/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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Confronting Another Mom About Her Child's Bad Behavior

Abby’s story this week raises the question of when you should tell another mom her child hurt yours or did something wrong. Talk about a dicey conversation! When is it right to speak up and say something? And how do you prepare to receive that news when your child is the one who did something wrong?Tell us!How have you reacted when another mom told you your kid misbehaved? Have you ever had to tattle on a child to his mom? How did it go? Email [email protected] with the subject line, "Confronting another mom."Mentions:6 Ways Your Child’s Misbehavior Makes You a Better ParentWhat to Do When Your Child’s Friend is in DangerWhen to Talk to Another Mom About Her Child’s Bad BehaviorThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/15/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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You're Not the Only One Raising Your Kids

DON'T MISS OUR EXCITING NEWS IN THIS EPISODE! And unless you're attached to your child 24/7, you have to allow other adults into their lives. We talk about all the people who have influence over our kids, from daycare providers to teachers to coaches and other parents. Tell us!What’s most important to you about the other adults you allow into your kids’ lives? And if you want to offer some words of wisdom to our mom-to-be, email [email protected] with the subject line, "Congrats!"Mentions:3 Questions to Ask When Others Try to Parent Your ChildIs It OK to Discipline Someone Else’s Child?5 Rules of the Mom MafiaAre parents spending less time with their kids?This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/8/202321 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to Finish the School Year Strong

When they enter the final stretch of the school year, do your kids peter out? Staying motivated when the weather is warming up, and pencils are little eraserless stubs is tough, but today’s episode will help you keep your kids’ eyes on the finish line.Tell us!What do you do to prevent end-of-the-year burnout? And please! Tell us if you ever used a Trapper Keeper! Email [email protected] with the subject line, "Finish the year strong."Mentions:Just Done With School? 5 Ways to Finish Strong3 Reasons to Survey Your Kids at the End of the School Year25-Day You Can Do It ChartGood Character Traits Printable: DiligenceGood Character Traits Printable: PerseveranceSummer Bucket ListThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/1/202320 minutes, 54 seconds
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Is It Possible to Slow Time Down?

Our kids grow up so fast. It’s hard not to wish for time to slow down. Megan’s story about her son asking her to stop putting toys away will remind you how precious these days are, and we’ll help you consider ways you might be making your kids grow up too quickly.Tell us!What do you do to slow time down with your kids? What helps you be more intentional? Email [email protected] with the subject line "slow time down."Mentions:10 Ways to Make Time Slow Down3 Ways to Keep Your Kids From Growing Up Too Fast5 Times You Should Say ‘Wait’ to Your ChildShould Moms Say “My Kids Are My World?”This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/24/202317 minutes, 31 seconds
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Getting a Handle on Disrespect

Respect is a trait in kids that can be challenging for parents to teach because disrespect can get us fired up so quickly. In this episode, Abby tells the story of "the great taco incident," and the team talks about getting to the root of disrespect. Tell us!What’s your biggest struggle with disrespect? Or do you have any tricks that work? Email [email protected] with the subject line "respect."Mentions:Wise Words When Your Children Talk BackWant Respectful Kids? Follow These 5 Steps 5 Decisions You Can Make to End DisrespectThe Secret Way to Teach Your Teenager RespectGood Character Traits Printable: RespectThe Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Dr. Leonard Sax This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/17/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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Teaching Self-Control at Any Age

Self-control is one of the most important traits for a child to learn. There are plenty of opportunities to correct kids when they don't show it, but how do we teach it positively? Abby shares something her parents did (that she thought was torture), and the podcast team shares ways to teach it to toddlers, elementary kids, and teens. Tell us!What are you doing to teach your kids self-control? Where do they struggle most? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Self-Control"Mentions:7 Ways to Teach Self-ControlHow to Teach Toddlers and Preschoolers Self-ControlHow to Teach Teens Self-ControlGood Character Traits Printable: Self-ControlPrintable Self-Control ContractSelf-Control Conversation Starters for KidsMarshmallow test: Delayed gratification isn’t just about willpowerThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/10/202326 minutes, 47 seconds
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Raising Confident Daughters

Moms of girls have a challenge today. We want strong, confident daughters, but those traits look different on different girls. Today's story is from Abby, who talks about her niece, the most confident kid she knows. If you're trying to raise a confident girl, we have some great ideas for you in this episode. Tell us!What does a confident girl look like to you? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Confident Girl"Mentions:How to Raise a Self-Confident Daughter With 5 Truths10 Questions Our Daughters Need Us to Ask Them5 Reasons Your Daughter Needs to Be Challenged5 Ways to Raise an Assertive Girl4 Things You Should Never Say in Front of Your Daughter10 Compliments for Your Daughter PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/3/202318 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Dating Game. When Should Kids Date?

Some parents say no to dating in high school. Others see it as another way of socializing. What’s your take? Chloe tells today’s story about the proclamation she made at age 4 that made her parents realize she would need some extra boundaries around dating.Tell us!When did you start dating, and would you encourage your kids to do the same? Email [email protected] with the subject line "dating."Mentions:5 Ways to Set Your Kids up for Dating Success7 Things to Say When Your Teen Says “I’m in Love”5 Ways to Survive Teenage Love4 Traits That Show Your Teen Is Ready to DateMiddle School Romance: The Pros and ConsSo Your Child is “Dating”….Is 8 Too Young for a Crush?Printable Talking to Your Kids About DatingPrintable Dating WorksheetThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/27/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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My Kid Saw Porn. Now What?

On average, boys first see pornography at age 12. Megan was even younger when she first encountered it. She shares the story, and we talk about how to protect our kids and talk to them about the dangers of pornography.Tell us!What has your experience been with protecting your kids from pornography? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Protect."Mentions:Inappropriate Pictures: 4 Words Every Kid Needs to KnowMy Kids Saw Porn. Here Are the 3 Things We Did Next.Talking to Your Boys about the Dangers of Pornography4 Sneaky Ways Your Kids Are Being Groomed for Pornography Addictions7 Truths About Women Addicted to PornGood Pictures Bad Pictures, Jr.Good Pictures Bad PicturesStatistics on pornography from CovenantEyes.comFight The New DrugThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/20/202326 minutes, 14 seconds
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What to Do When Your Child Wants to Quit

Perseverance is learned, so if your kids come to you wanting to quit, it’s worth it to think hard about how you respond. Are there ever times it’s okay to let your child quit a sport or activity? In this episode, Susan shares three times her kids wanted to hang up the towel, and she said no.Tell us!Do you let your child quit or are there rules you have in place to guide your child through his choice to quit? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Quitting."Mentions:10 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Let Your Children QuitTry Strategic Quitting to be a More Relaxed MomThe Upside of Allowing Your Child to QuitGood Character Traits: PerseveranceGood Character Traits for Kids Printable CalendarExtracurricular Monthly Cost WorksheetRachel Simmons' Book: Enough As She IsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/13/202319 minutes, 56 seconds
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Should Parents Argue In Front of the Kids?

Do you and your husband let your kids see you argue? Is there a right and wrong way to fight in front of the kids? In this episode, Abby's story about trying to fix a fight between her parents will make you think twice about how you fight. We'll share the benefits of arguing well when there's an audience watching. Tell us!Do you fight in front of your kids? Do you have rules for doing it? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Argue In Front of the Kids"Mentions:5 Things Your Kids Learn When They See You Fight3 Keys to Good Conflict Resolution in Marriage5 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to ArgueResearch on Constructive and Destructive Marital ConflictResearch on Adolescents’ Responses to Marital ConflictThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
3/6/202331 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Invisible Load of Motherhood

If moms tried to write down everything they had to do, there wouldn’t be enough paper. We carry a mental, emotional, and physical load that often feels heavy. You’ll relate to Megan’s story in this episode if you’ve ever felt the invisible load of motherhood (even if you didn’t know it had a name).  Tell us! How do you feel the invisible load of motherhood in the stage you’re in? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Invisible load."Mentions:8 Ways to Manage the Invisible Load of Motherhood3 Ways to Let Your Husband Help More with the KidsChore Chart for KidsFamily Chore Chart Toddler Chore ChartThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/27/202322 minutes, 4 seconds
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When Good Kids Mess Up

Even good kids make bad choices now and then. Abby's story about a crazy summer when she was 14 made her think about how she might react if and when her kids break the rules or go through a rebellious streak.  Tell us!How do you handle it when your kid messes up, especially if it's out of character?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "When Good Kids Mess Up."Mentions:5 Mistakes Even Good Kids MakeDo Strict Parents Make Sneaky Kids?3 Ways to Show Your Kids They Can Talk to You About AnythingHow Much of Your Past Should You Share with Your Kids?Consequence Calculator PrintableThink About It PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/20/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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Keep the Romance Alive

Do you ever feel more like a coworker than a romantic partner with your husband? Oof. If that question felt like a punch to the gut, this episode is for you. Susan, who's been married for more than 30 years, shares her story of when her husband said they needed more romance. Tell us!What do you find romantic? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Romance."Mentions:4 Ways to Put Passion Back Into Your Marriage41 Ways to Romance Your Husband30 Creative Ways to Speak Your Husband’s Love Language1 Major Thing You Can Do to Fix a Lack of Intimacy in Your MarriageThis Part of Your Week Can Change Your Mundane Marriage30 Day Marriage ChallengeThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/13/202324 minutes, 39 seconds
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I Yelled... Again

Are you stuck in the cycle of yell, regret yelling, tell yourself you’ll yell less, yell again? You’re not alone. In this episode, Megan confesses to yelling at her toddler over small things. What makes you lose your cool? Hopefully, this episode will help you feel less shame and give you pointers that lead to fewer screams.Tell us!Is yelling your go-to form of communication? What have you tried to do to curb yelling, and how’s that working for you?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "Yelling."Mentions:3 Changes You’ll See When You Lower Your Voice5 Steps to Being a Scream-Free Mom4 Steps to Responding Instead of Reacting When You’re TriggeredMom Rage Is Real, but You Can Do Something About It10 Strategies for Not Losing Your TemperPrintable Feelings Wheel for Kids and AdultsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
2/6/202327 minutes, 13 seconds
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Creative Date Nights

If you get a night alone with your husband, dinner and a movie aren’t your only options. Creative date nights can keep your relationship growing. In this episode, we share an idea a listener sent about a clever way to have a date night when life is busy and money is tight. Tell us!What creative ways do you fit in date nights? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Date Night."Mentions:10 Ways to Date Your Husband Again5 Simple Date Night Ideas for a Fun MarriageHow Ditching “Netflix and Chill” Can Lead to a Happier MarriageWhat Kind of Date Night Do You Need?Morning Date Ideas for A.M. Romance!10 Ways to Save On Your Date NightDate Night Conversation Starters for You and Your HusbandThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/30/202325 minutes, 11 seconds
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How's Your Online Etiquette?

Do you love posting about your kids on social? In this episode, Chloe tells a story about a mom who overshared about her daughter on Facebook which leads to the question, how do you walk the line between sharing your life and oversharing your child’s?Tell us!What do you do to keep yourself in check with social media?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "online etiquette."Mentions:4 Ways to Be a Good Online Example3 Big Questions Moms Should Ask Before They PostHow I Made Myself Stop ScrollingHow’s Your Online Etiquette? 5 Ways to Check Yourself5 Questions to Ask Before Posting Your Kid’s Photo10 Cell Phone Rules for Moms PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/23/202329 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ouch! My Kid's a Sore Loser

It’s hard to watch your child react poorly to a loss. It can be embarrassing and frustrating for parents. In this episode, Susan shares a story from a friend about her grandson’s cringey behavior and what she’s doing to try to help him be a more gracious loser. Tell us!How are you dealing with your "emotional loser?" Email [email protected] with the subject line "Sore Loser."Mentions:How to Help your Child Deal with Disappointment5 Things Not to Say to Your Sports KidArticle From a Mom Blogger Who Says You Should Let Kids WinThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/16/202322 minutes, 7 seconds
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Who Comes First, Your Husband or Your Kids?

You've probably heard the wisdom that your husband should come before your kids. You may have nodded your head in agreement, but wondered how that works when your kids need you. In today's episode, Megan shares about this tricky season of life where her kids are demanding so much that she has little left for her husband.  Tell us!What do you do to protect your marriage from becoming secondary to the needs of your kids? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Who Comes First."Mentions:Husband or Kids: Who Comes First?Simple At-Home Date Night Ideas3 Things to Remember When a Date Night’s Not PossibleConnect With Your Spouse Using Ally3 Habits for Maintaining a Healthy Marriage After KidsDate Night Conversation Starters for You and Your HusbandWould You Rather Questions for CouplesThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/9/202320 minutes, 15 seconds
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Creating a Self-Reliant Child

As much as moms like to be needed, ultimately, we’re trying to create kids who don’t need us as much. As some say, you work yourself out of a job. If you have a child who leans on you more than you think he or she should, we have some ideas for how to build self-reliance in kids and help them grow to be more independent. Tell us!What everyday practices do you use to help build self-reliance in your kids?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "Self-reliant kids."Mentions:6 Things to Say to Build Self-Reliance in Kids4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Teen10 Life Skills Your Teen Needs Before Leaving HomeHow to Raise Kids with Self-ReliancePrintable Character Traits for Kids CalendarThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
1/2/202324 minutes, 29 seconds
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It's Goal Time

If you only set goals on January 1st, you’re missing out, and so are your kids. In this episode, goal-oriented Chloe sings the praises of her dad who taught her how to set goals well. Then the group talks about goals for moms and how to help a child who isn’t motivated by charts and stars. Tell us!How do you succeed in the goals you set? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Goal Time."Mentions:Why It’s Important to Help Kids Set New Year’s GoalsAre You Setting the Right Goals for Your Kids?Five 5-Year Goals for Moms of ToddlersFive Goals for Moms of Elementary KidsFive Goals for Moms of TeensMicro-Resolutions That Will Maximize Your Year10 Mini-Goals Every Mom Can AccomplishDitch the Resolutions and Make a Drop List InsteadPrintable Character Calendar Brilliant Goals Chart for KidsPrintable You Can Do It ChartPrintable Habit TrackerThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/26/202229 minutes, 16 seconds
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Teaching Patience When Patience is Hard

Patience is one of the most difficult character traits for kids to show. Moms can help their kids grow in patience, and in this episode, Megan talks about what she's doing with her 3-year-old to help him learn to wait for what he wants.  Tell us!What have you done to help your child learn to be patient?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "Patience."Mentions:5 Ways to Teach Kids Patience at Any Age5 Ways to Teach Kids a Quick Fix Isn’t the Answer5 Timesaving Lifesavers for Parenting a Child With ADHDTake the Guilt Out of Saying No to Your KidsPrintable Character AwardsPrintable Character Traits for Kids CalendarThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/19/202222 minutes, 34 seconds
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So You Have a Strong-Willed Child

Are you convinced that when you say “no,” your child actually hears, “do it anyway!” In today’s episode, Abby tells the story of an iMOM writer whose daughter’s strong will led her to a creative idea for getting new toys. If you have a strong-willed child, you’ll feel inspired, not discouraged by today’s chat. Tell us!What strategies have worked for you as you parent your strong-willed child? Email [email protected] with the subject line "strong-willed child."Mentions:How to Help Your Strong-Willed Child Become an Innovator6 Qualities a Mom Needs to Parent a Strong-Willed Child5 Ways to Thrive While Parenting a Strong-Willed Child3 Mind Tricks You Can Use on Your Resistant Child10 Things to Say to a Strong-Willed TeenThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/12/202224 minutes, 47 seconds
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Take Back Your Holiday

Has Christmas gone from the most wonderful time of the year to the most frenzied? In this episode, Abby tells the story of when an attempt at replicating a Hallmark movie moment led to a huge fight between her and her husband. Why do we try to do so much and how can we take back the holiday to focus on our families and our faith? Tell us!How do you set your priorities at Christmas? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Christmas."This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Mentions:15 Healthy Ways to Say NoChristmas Eve Checklist PrintableChristmas Giving and Wishing List PrintableThe Story of Christmas PrintablePrintable Advent Calendar for KidsFollow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
12/5/202226 minutes, 5 seconds
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Should Kids Have Phones?

Your kids probably started asking for cell phones as soon as they could talk. You likely didn't buy your 4-year-old her own phone, but if your kids are getting older, you might be wondering, should kids have phones and at what age? In this episode, Susan tells the story of when her five kids got phones and how she managed them to make sure they weren't interfering with their family. Tell us!What’s informing your decision to get or not get your child a phone? Email [email protected] with the subject line "phone."This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Mentions:Should Kids Have Cell Phones? No!5 Ways to Monitor Handheld DevicesI Took My Daughter's Phone Away. Guess What Happened Next!5 Surprising Benefits of Kids Having PhonesPrintable Cell Phone ContractPrintable: 10 Cell Phone Rules for MomFollow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/28/202224 minutes, 1 second
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Grateful Kids Versus Gimme Kids

Have you ever noticed your kids are showing signs of being spoiled or exhibiting a lack of gratitude? The story from this episode is from Abby, who said one of her sons commented about getting new carpet in their house as if it's free. When our kids say things that sound spoiled or entitled, it could be from a lack of understanding of what things cost, but it also could be that they need to grow in the character trait of gratitude. Teaching kids gratitude takes work for parents, but it is possible. Tell us!Have you realized your kids are acting spoiled or not showing gratitude? How do you fight against it? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Grateful Kids."Mentions:How to Unspoil Your Spoiled Kids7 Ways to Spoil Your Children6 Ways to Teach Your Kids a Good Work Ethic4 Signs Your Child is MaterialisticThe Secret to Teaching Gratitude During the Holidays8 Days of Being Thankful PrintablePrintable Chore Chart for KidsThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/21/202219 minutes, 27 seconds
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Friends Are Friends Forever

How involved should moms be in their kids' friendships? In this episode, Chloe tells a story about when her mom showed restraint and didn't meddle. Do you help your child make friends or try to step in and mend friendships? Tell us!When should a mom stop interfering in her kids' friendships? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Friends."This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Mentions:Teaching Your Daughter How to Deal With Mean GirlsMy Kid’s So Nice. So Why Does She Sit Alone at Lunch?How to Handle Your Child’s “Frenemy”Does Your Kid Have Red Light Friends? (Coming Soon)Printable - Let's Talk: Friendship  Discuss It: Making Friends PrintableFollow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/14/202225 minutes, 14 seconds
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When Your Kid's a Whiner

Some kids whine and complain more than others. If you have one, you might be ready to pull your hair out. Abby's story today about a mom who had enough will show you you're not alone and give you some good ideas for how to deal with a child who likes to let you know when he’s not happy.  Tell us!Do you have any strategies to curb whining and complaining? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Whining and Complaining."Mentions:How to Make Your Child’s Complaining Stop in Its TracksWhining: Why Your Kids Whine5 Bad Kid Behaviors to be Grateful For7 Day No Complaining ChallengeThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
11/7/202223 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Scary Is Too Scary?

What are your rules on scary in your home? Today's story is from Abby who has a child who's begging to watch a scary show. Are your kids allowed to watch scary movies and shows? What about Halloween costumes? How scary is too scary? Tell us!How do you decide what's appropriate for your kids to watch? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Too Scary."This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/31/202229 minutes, 36 seconds
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Should Kids Get a Mental Health Day?

It's not uncommon for an adult to take time off of work and call it a mental health day, but should kids get to take them? In today's episode, Megan, Susan, Chloe, and Abby talk about the pros and cons of states offering excused absences to students for mental health days. Tell us!Should kids take a day off in the name of mental health or is there a better approach? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Mental Health."Mentions:8 Warning Signs Your Child is Headed for TroubleShould Kids Get to Take a Mental Health Day?NCSL Article: States Act to Allow Student Mental Health DaysThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/24/202228 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Mom I Am

It might be easy for you to think of your parenting weakness, but what about your strengths? In this episode, Chloe tells a story about her own parents and how, despite their very different personalities, they were always able to connect with her and her siblings.  Tell us!What strength do you bring to parenting that helps you grow your relationships with your kids?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "The Mom I Am."Mentions:8 Easy Ways to Be a Fun MomHow to Connect with the Kid Who is Different than You4 Ways to Play Pretend When You’re Not Feeling ItThe Number One Change We Should Make as ParentsMom Time CouponsThe Mom I Am Personality TestThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/17/202224 minutes, 31 seconds
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I'm Failing as a Mom

Why are moms so hard on themselves? We never feel like we're doing enough at home, work, or in relationships. We hope Megan's story and today's chat will give you a new perspective on success versus failure.Tell us!How do you fight back against the voice in your head that tells you you’re failing or need to do more? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Failing."Mentions:“I’m Always Letting Someone Down.” Sound Familiar?5 Reasons Your Kids Need To See Your Weaknesses10 Mom Fails That Are Actually Wins8 Things Kids Say That Prove You’re a Great MomiMOM's Printable Habit TrackersFrom Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your DaughterFrom Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your SonThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/10/202223 minutes, 5 seconds
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Liar, Liar

Every child lies now and again, but what do you do when your child's lying becomes a habit? And are all lies created equal? In today's episode, Abby spills a story her boss told her about a time he lied to get out of trouble and his sister's dog never forgave him for it.  Tell us!What’s the craziest lie your child has told? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Liar, Liar."Mentions:3 Things Not to Say When Kids Lie10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Stop LyingHow to Deal With a Child Who Lies6 Kinds of Lies Kids TellThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
10/3/202229 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mom, I Don't Like My Teacher

Most of us had a teacher we didn't like, and we survived! But what do you do if your child is struggling to get along with a teacher and bringing the struggle home? When do you step in, and when do you let her handle the relationship herself? Tell us!Has your child had a difficult teacher? How did you handle it? Email [email protected] with the subject line "I don't like my teacher."Mentions:What to do When Your Child Doesn't Like a Teacher 5 Good Responses When Your Kid Doesn't Want to Go to SchoolTeacher Conference WorksheetThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/26/202231 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sorry Not Sorry

If you’re in the wrong, apologizing to your kids feels like the right thing to do, right? In today’s episode, Chloe talks about a popular iMOM article in which one of our writers confesses to over-apologizing to her kids. Do you agree with her suggestion for three times you shouldn’t apologize?Tell us!Do you think parents should apologize to their kids? Is it possible to over-apologize? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Sorry Not Sorry"Mentions:3 Times Moms Should Think Twice Before ApologizingAre You Saying Sorry Too Much?Which of the 5 Apology Languages Do You Speak?Should I Make My Child Apologize? This episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/19/202228 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rules: Better Bent Than Broken

Rules make the world go ‘round and keep families in order, but how do you know when it’s OK to bend or change them? In this week’s story, Susan shares a time when her family’s rule about sleepovers changed because of a choice Megan made. Tell us!Have you ever bent or changed a family rule because your child proved he or she could handle it?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "Rules"Mentions:3 Times It's OK to Bend the Rules3 Questions to Help You Decide When to Bend Your RulesFamily Mission Statement PrintableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/12/202222 minutes, 23 seconds
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My Kids, the Fish Killers

Have your kids ever misbehaved in a way that required a creative form of discipline? This week’s story is from Abby about a time her kids’ fish went belly up after they experimented on it, and she had a knee-jerk reaction. Tell us!Have you ever tried some form of discipline and looked back with regret? How do you handle crazy or uncharacteristic misbehavior from your kids? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Fish Killers."Mentions:Anger Management 101 for Moms8 Questions for Effective DisciplineThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
9/5/202226 minutes, 56 seconds
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Please Don't Tell Dad

If your son or daughter asks you to keep a secret from your husband, should you? In today’s story from Abby, the answer is pretty clear, but other times, keeping something between you and your child might be the better move.Tell us!Should you keep your child's secret from your spouse? Are there times when it’s ok? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Please Don't Tell Dad."Mentions:Should Moms Keep Kids' Secrets From Dads?This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/29/202225 minutes, 3 seconds
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When Extracurriculars Are Extra

Do you ever feel like keeping up with your kids' extracurricular activities is a part-time job? In this episode, Megan's story about doing all the things as a kid and becoming the unexpected swim team captain has us all asking: what do you do when these activities become too extra? And what do you do if your kids want to quit?Tell us!Are you feeling like extracurriculars are a little extra?  How do you balance it all? Email [email protected] with the subject line "When extracurriculars are extra."Mentions:Is It OK to Tell Your Kids They Aren't Good at SomethingThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/22/202231 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Sky Is Falling: How to Avoid Parenting Out of Fear

Buckle up, because today's episode will have you white-knuckled. Susan and Megan tell Chloe and Abby about the time their family of seven (plus a stranger with a dog) took a puddle jumper to the Bahamas and nearly crashed. No, this isn't an episode about flight safety, but the iMOM podcast team does talk about Susan's intuition that something was going to go wrong, how she has learned to listen to or ignore that voice, and how to avoid parenting out of fear. Tell us!What fears do you struggle with the most and what’s something you want to start doing to manage them? Email [email protected] with the subject line "The Sky is Falling."Mentions:5 Ways to Keep the Mom Fear at Bay5 Areas of Mom AnxietyThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/15/202227 minutes
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Timing in Life Is Everything

Ever since Chloe tied the knot a few years ago, she's been bombarded with the question "When are you going to start having babies?" She says some people tell her to hurry up while others say she's got plenty of time. The average maternal age is higher than ever. As a mom, what do you think about trying to time your pregnancies?  Tell us!Before you were a mom, what’s something someone said to you that got you excited for motherhood but also comforted you in the pre-baby season of life you were in? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Timing in Life is Everything."Mentions:4 Reasons to Celebrate a Surprise BabyAP News article, "Motherhood Deferred"This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/8/202230 minutes, 43 seconds
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No Means No, Mom

Does your child know how to say no? Do you allow him to say it to you when it's appropriate? Abby's story about her son telling her no was a reminder that we need to not only allow our kids to speak their minds, but we also need to encourage it. Tell us!How have you helped your kids learn how to set boundaries? Do you struggle with boundaries? Email [email protected] with the subject line "No means no."Mentions:Does Your Child Know How to Say No?4 Simple Rules for Consent for Kids from 3 to 23How to Not be a Pushover in 5 Kid-Friendly Steps7 Ways to Say No With GraceFree Printable: How to Talk to Your Teen About Peer PressureThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
8/1/202227 minutes, 50 seconds
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Parenting Do-Over

Every mom makes mistakes that can't be erased, but what about learning from the mistakes our parents made? Chloe's story today is about her friend who is trying to heal from the wounds of her childhood. No, we're not pretending to have parenting all figured out, and we aren't blaming our moms, but we do want to do what we can to parent well with the knowledge we have. Tell us!In what ways are you trying to parent differently or similarly to your own mom? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Parenting Do-Over."Mentions:How to Be a Good Mom Even if You Had a Bad ChildhoodThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/25/202222 minutes, 9 seconds
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Mom, I'm Going to Microwave My Underwear

Has your child ever asked to do something that seemed totally odd? Did you say yes or no? In this episode, Abby tells the story of the time her son declared, "Mom, I'm going to microwave my underwear." If you have a curious child or are inclined to say no more often than yes, this episode will help you see the benefit of letting go of control.  Tell us!Have you ever said an unexpected yes to your kids? How did they react? Email [email protected] with the subject line "microwave my underwear."Mentions:Why I Let My Son Microwave His Underwear8 Easy Ways to Be a Fun MomThis 2-Word Phrase Will Make Your Child a Better Learner5 Ways to Keep the Mom Fear at BayThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/18/202223 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Center of the Universe

Is there such a thing as giving your child too much attention? In this episode, Abby tells a story of a friend whose husband finally put his foot down and said, "Our son is running our house." How do you know if you're just loving your child, or if you're handing over the reins?  Tell us!What’s a sign you’ve turned over the controls to your kids? How do you get them back?  Email [email protected] with the subject line "center of the universe."Mentions:3 Signs Your Child Is Feeling Ignored7 Signs You’re Giving Your Child Too Much AttentionThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/11/202230 minutes, 8 seconds
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Confessions of a Tweenage Drama Queen

In this episode, Chloe confesses to being slightly dramatic as a little girl. She sees the strengths in herself now, but she says as a kid she had big emotions and that was a lot for people to handle. If you have a tween or teen like that, this episode will help you respond with love and see the gifts your child has been given. Tell us!What are you doing to help your tweenage drama queen (or king) process her emotions? Were you dramatic as a kid? If you were, what characteristics do you see in yourself now that are good versions of the drama you brought as a child? Email [email protected] with the subject line "tweenage drama queen."Mentions:3 Things a Tweenage Drama Queen Needs From Her Mom3 Steps for Helping Your Teen Handle Emotions5 Ways to Fight Teen Drama5 Good Responses When Your Child Says Hurtful Things to YouThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
7/4/202228 minutes, 10 seconds
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My Husband Has a Life, and I Don't

Megan has baby number two on the way! She knows her future includes a lot of diapers and overnight feedings, but her husband actually still has a life outside of their newborn. The nature of the role of a mother means she needs to be around more than her husband (who's a very hands-on dad), but it's still pretty frustrating. In this episode, we chat about guys' hobbies, dads being involved in parenting, and whether you should thank your husband for watching the kids.  Tell us!What season are you in and how do you deal with your husband's hobbies, free time, and social life. Email [email protected] with the subject line "My husband has a life."Mentions:5 Reasons You SHOULD Thank Your Husband for Watching the KidsTalking to Your Husband About His Time-Sucking HobbiesWhat to Do When Your Child Misbehaves With One ParentThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/27/202223 minutes, 53 seconds
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When Disappointment Strikes

It's so hard to watch your child deal with disappointment, but moms know it's part of parenting! In this episode, Abby's story about her son saving up money only to find out what he wanted to buy was sold out will help you the next time your child has a legitimate letdown (because you know it's gonna happen!).  Tell us!When your child is legitimately disappointed in something, how do you help them deal with it without robbing them of the opportunity to grow? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Disappointment."Mentions:5 Signs Your Kid is Mentally StrongAmy Morin's Book, 13 Things Strong Kids Do: Think Big, Feel Good, Act BravePrintable Progress RoadmapPrintable Feelings WheelPrintable Birthday Scavenger HuntThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/20/202226 minutes, 27 seconds
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Summer Break(down)

Are you a mom who soaks up summer or does summer break often lead to a breakdown for you? Abby's story this week is about her conversation with a friend who's a single mom. She's panicking as she tries to make plans for her daughter. The iMOM ladies talk about the kinds of summer parents and whether there's too much pressure on moms to provide the perfect summer.Tell us!Do you have any creative ways to manage the summer? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Summer Breakdown."Mentions:9 Things I Pledge to Do or Not Do This SummerWhat's Your Summer Parenting Style60 Days of Summer FunFree printables: The Schedule That Saved Our SummerThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/13/202229 minutes, 53 seconds
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Instinct vs Internet

How do moms listen to their parenting instincts when the internet, influencers, and mom friends are so convincing? Megan, who's a mom of a toddler, shares her story about whether or not to sleep train which sparks a conversation about the pressure to buy into the latest parenting trend.Mentions:When to Trust Your Parenting InstinctsTell us!Tell us about a time you trusted your instinct over the internet or other moms.  Email [email protected] with the subject line "Instinct vs Internet." This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
6/6/202225 minutes, 59 seconds
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I'm Weird, Too

When Abby’s son said “I’m weird,” her response was, “Me too. Let’s talk about it.” Do your kids ever tell you they don't feel like they fit in? Or something about them makes them insecure? Abby's story reminds us that kids aren't the only ones who feel weird. Moms do too!Tell us!How do you feel different from other moms? How do you help your kids handle feeling weird? Email [email protected] with the subject line "I'm weird, too."Mentions:Pew Research Study on What Society Values in Men vs WomenAre you Letting These Things Steal Your Joy4 Roles Your Kids Need You to PlayThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/30/202232 minutes, 40 seconds
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Don't Fear the Mom Bod

Why does "mom bod" sound so different from "dad bod?" This week, Chloe talks about how her relationship with her body and food gives her a little anxiety about pregnancy. Susan, Megan, and Abby chime in to share their experiences with weight gain and loss, and how their kids have helped them love their bodies more. Tell us!What do you love about your body because your kids love it? What do you think about "mom bod" vs "dad bod?" Email [email protected] with the subject line "Mom Bod."Mentions:5 Mom Bod Features to LoveThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/23/202227 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Lucky We Are to Be Alive Right Now

Have you had a reality check moment that shows you how much the pandemic has changed you as a mom? For today's storyteller Abby, that moment was in a huge parking garage. She, Chloe, Megan, and Susan talk about what they have learned about themselves and their families over the past two years. Tell us!How has parenting through a pandemic changed you? Email [email protected] with the subject line "How Lucky."Mentions:Try This Next Time You Hear Bad NewsLife After COVID: When You Don't Want Life to Get Back to Normal5 Ways I Bet You're a Better Mom Now Than You Were Two Years AgoThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/16/202224 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Discipline Du Jour

Why is it that the discipline that works on one child totally flops on another? In this episode, Megan shares her struggles with getting her son to cooperate. If you've ever thought, "nothing works with this child!" you'll feel right at home in our discussion.  Tell us!Have you noticed a certain type of discipline works on one of your kids and not the other? What did you do? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Discipline Du Jour."Mentions:Why Counting to 3 Doesn’t Work21 Creative ConsequencesThe Reason Your Discipline Techniques Aren't WorkingThe Power of Why5 Ways to Discipline a Child Who Doesn't Care About ConsequencesFree Printable: Think About ItConsequences CalculatorThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/9/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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Should You Spy on Your Kids?

Is it wrong to spy on your kids? Today's storyteller is Susan. She shares the time her teenage son's texts started coming to her phone. What would you do? And in the age of social media, where do you draw the line between parenting and privacy?Tell us!What do you think about spying on your kids? Email [email protected] with the subject line "I Spy."Mentions:3 Reasons You Should Spy on Your KidsTalking to You Boys About the Dangers of Pornography5 Ways to Monitor Handheld DevicesSusan's Book, "The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World"Free printable Social Media ContractThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed on this page on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/2/202231 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sticks and Stones

Whoever coined the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," is probably in therapy today.  Abby's story is a good one for any mom who needs to know when to intervene and how to empower a child who's being picked on. Tell us!How do you teach your kids to stand up for themselves? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Sticks and Stones."Mentions:6 Questions to Open Conversation With Your Child About Bullying7 Things to Help the Kid Who Gets TeasedHow to Handle Your Child’s “Frenemy”Teaching your Middle-school Child How to be a Courageous Upstander in SchoolShould Parents Be Punished if Their Children Are Bullies?Free Printable: Bullying Discuss ItThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/2/202222 minutes, 41 seconds
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A Creative Consequence for Inappropriate Music

Did you listen to music you weren't allowed to as a kid? If you did, you'll connect with Megan's story. She was caught listening to Christina Aguilera (the shame!) and her dad had an epic creative consequence for her. Kids access music differently today than we did, which makes it nearly impossible for parents to monitor what their kids are taking in. So how can moms protect their kids from content that's too mature or inappropriate?Tell us!Is there another way to get kids to think more critically about the media they consume? Email [email protected] with the subject line "Genie in a Bottle."Mentions:7 Questions to Get Kids to Think About Inappropriate Song LyricsiMOM's Song Request Form printableThis episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/2/202227 minutes, 12 seconds
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When You See Your Hard Work Pay Off

Do you ever wonder if the lessons, discipline, and effort you're putting in with your kids are paying off? When you're with them day in and day out, it can be hard to see growth. Susan tells today's story about a time when she actually got to see the fruits of her parenting labor. Tell us!What signs have you seen that the lessons are sinking in? Email [email protected] with the subject line "When You See Your Hard Work Pay Off."Mentions:5 Times Teens Grow Right Before Your Eyes7 Important Values Kids Need Before They GraduateSusan's Book, "The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World"This episode’s show notes can also be viewed here on iMOM.com.Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
5/2/202229 minutes, 18 seconds
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Meet the Women of the iMOM Podcast

If you need a mom friend right now, you’ve come to the right place. On iMOM.com we share ideas, insight, and inspiration. All that happens here, too, by sharing the best kind of stories—mom stories. In every episode, we'll share our experiences as moms, daughters and friends and tackle the issues all moms face. The iMOM podcast team is made up of four women who are in different stages of motherhood and marriage. Susan, Megan, Chloe, and Abby bring their unique perspectives to each topic, all with one mission in mind—to help you love your family well. Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TwitterSubscribe to the iMOM Minute and get daily motherhood ideas, insight, and inspiration sent to your inbox.
4/26/202214 minutes, 31 seconds