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Got Your Hands Full!

Got Your Hands Full!

By LifeCoachMama
Thinking about having more kids? Wonder how moms with more than 1 kid survive? Think you could never do it? Join me, Life Coach Mama, on my journey of raising a “large” family! My husband and I have 8 kids and as a Life Coach for women I support moms in their marriages and in their parenting. Find me at:
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Family Life in Ethiopian Culture
Bethelehem, a mom and business owner of My Fanos, an online school teaching the languages and culture of Ethiopia, joins me to share about her family. Her mom as 1 of 12 came from a big family.  Therefore Bethelehem has a ton of aunts, uncles and cousins. She explains how family is connected and relates to one another in Ethiopian culture.  We had a lot of fun chatting about her life experiences.  Enjoy!
August 17, 2022
NFP Part 3 with Anna Grace
Anna is back for more about Natural Family Planning! We bust 7 MYTHS about NFP.  This is a show for you if you want to know, 1.) Why does the Catholic Church teach NFP?  2.) What do we believe about contraception? and Why?
July 31, 2022
Speaking about Autism and Living in Different Cultures with Dolores
Dolores opens up all about what its like to have a son with severe Autism.  Additionally, she tells us about her experience as an immigrant to the United States.  We hear about keeping two cultures alive and teaching kids two languages all while attending meetings, therapy and appointments for her son with Autism.
July 21, 2022
Want to Help Women in Crisis Pregnancies?
I'm starting a non profit!  Now is the time to help women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  I believe the tools I've learned and I teach in Life Coaching will help them so much. Listen to this episode to learn more!
July 16, 2022
Angelique, an African Doctor & Her Perspective on Motherhood
This is a rich conversation about life, motherhood, childhood, medical care, poverty and much more from an African perspective.  Angelique shares from the heart about taking care of her young child with leukemia.  She also shares from her brilliant mind her knowledge of global health, health policies, economic issues and pediatric hospitals.  
July 06, 2022
3 Moms & 19 Kids
Nothing like having a good chat with my girls!  My dear friends Tara and Bridget join me to discuss being a mom of a big family. We touch on many topics including surviving cancer, paying for college, chores, sports, praying as a family, having fun together, and extended family memories.  Get out your Kleenex box and press play!
July 03, 2022
Part 2 Labor and Delivery with Nurse Laura
Part 2 of this series. Laura shares her experiences and knowledge of more aspects of labor and delivery. We also touch on Post Partum issues, self care and how to be mom focused in pregnancy and after birth.
June 22, 2022
Part 1 Labor and Delivery with Nurse Laura
What a treasure Laura brings to the podcast in this series of labor and delivery episodes!  Learn birth stories, basic info that isn't as common as you'd think, ideas, advice, tips and tools about the birthing process.  This is great info for any new mom or anyone who knows a new mom!
June 22, 2022
Clip from Bernadette’s family story
What’s cool about interviewing people who grew up in a big family is that we get to hear about the blessings that have come from over the years and how the siblings have impacted the entire family.
June 12, 2022
Beautiful Bernadette
Bernadette, youngest of 7 kids, joins me to share about her childhood.  You will for sure enjoy this episode full of fun, jokes, laughter, cherished memories and sweet stories of the siblings’ connection. It’s a good reminder that kids need love and family but not all that other stuff we think they do!
June 11, 2022
Clip from Podcast on Stepfamilies with Lea
Great wisdom here from Lea. Check out the entire episode on my podcast!
June 06, 2022
Remarriage and Stepfamily Life with Lea
Lea joined me on my podcast to discuss divorce, remarriage, blended families and having a big family!  She also offers financial advice to women and families!  Check out her website:
June 04, 2022
Creative Christine
Christine, an avid reader and talented artist, shares with us what encouraged, supported and helped her transition into a big family. She grew up in a family of 4 and today with her husband they have a family of 7.  From theological and psychological discussions to funny stories about kids fighting during car rides she tells it all!  
May 28, 2022
Having More Kids in Japan with Asaka
My friend Asaka from Japan joins me to talk about her family.  They have lived in the US and now they live in a suburb outside of Tokyo.  We discuss the differences in raising families in each country as well as how children and big families are perceived in Japan.  
May 21, 2022
Safe Families Program with Natalie
Ever thought of being a foster parent? Natalie and her husband are involved in a program that is similar to fostering. Safe Families is an organization that believes in protecting children and preserving families. Learn how you can help a family in need!
May 15, 2022
Identity and Self Care for Moms with Gilda Rose
Gilda Rose is a therapist, coach and artist.  Gilda joins me on zoom from the other side of the world in Malaysia.  Originally from India, Gilda has a unique perspective and yet every topic we touch on in this show are the same issues I hear from women in the United States. Funny how much we are all the same!  Listen to Gilda's wisdom and advice in regards to identity and self care for moms.
May 08, 2022
Mark My Hubby & Daddy Daughter Dates
Husbands, Dads, Grandads: You WON'T want to miss this episode!  My husband Mark joins me to share his view as the dad of a big family. He tells us a hilarious, "Got Your Hands Full!" story and most importantly, how to take your daughters on dates. He shares the how and the why of daddy daughter dates and the importance of one-on-one time with all kids.  No matter your family size this individual time is so special!  Enjoy dad's take!
May 02, 2022
Marvelous Mary
My friend Mary Green (yes, she is Irish Catholic) sits down to talk all about her family.  She grew up with 10 brothers and 2 sisters. Lots of fun and good times learning about this marvelous family of 15.  If you feel overwhelmed with your kids, listen to this! She will inspire you and you'll realize you can do this mom thing!  Mary also has the best radio voice. I am so jealous. She will be back I hope to do some voice overs and audio work for me!
April 26, 2022
Lovely Laura
My friend Laura sits down to share with us her journey of being a mom of a big family including a child with special needs.  Connor, age 24 has had developmental delays since birth. Learn from Laura her story, inspiration and hope for families with children who have special needs.
April 11, 2022
NFP part 2 with Anna Grace
Thankfully Anna returned to finish the NFP discussion.  However, I should say we just continued it!  We did not finish. She will have to come back again!  In this 2nd edition she explains charting and the how-tos in more detail.  Enjoy!
April 09, 2022
Darling Donna
My friend Donna is the youngest of 7 kids. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with an Italian American mom and an Irish American dad.  Fun stories and good times in this episode!
April 08, 2022
Natural Family Planning
What is NFP? Learn the history, basics and some important facts about this effective, scientific and beautiful method.  Anna Shaffer is a Creighton Model instructor who is passionate about women's health.  She works with couples to teach them about a woman's fertility including lessons on biology, sexuality, emotional intimacy and overall wholeness.  We barely scratched the surface and Anna will be back soon, I hope! Anna is taking new clients and can be reached at:
March 25, 2022
Sweet Sarah
I made a new friend (again!) I talked to another friend of a friend who grew up in a big family and has a big family of her own, 8 kids total so far!
October 09, 2021
Dynamic Danielle
Danielle is the oldest of 7 and she and her husband have 5 kids. She shares what it was like being in a big family including stories about her mom’s pregnancies and miscarriages, her experiences in school and with friends and what it’s like now as a parent.
September 07, 2021
Kool Kasey
My first ever interview (other than my kids.) Kasey shares fun stories and memories of her childhood as one of 12 and her family now of her husband and 5 kids. So grateful to share her story with moms of all ages and stages! Enjoy
August 08, 2021
Postpartum depression
Our mental health is important and I wanted to share my experiences with post partum depression
July 31, 2021
“I Don’t Have Enough…” (Fill in the Blank)
More than just the idea that there’s enough money I’ve heard a lot of arguments that there isn’t enough time, love, or attention to go around to all the kids. But is that really true? Is there really not enough?
July 07, 2021
“How Do You Have Time to…?”
I also hear questions about time. Time in the day, time for each kid, time to do certain things. It’s a good question. But isn’t time all relevant? Don’t we all choose what we do with our time?
June 11, 2021
“Too Bad that Your Kids Won’t be Able to Do x, y, z.”
FOMO is real! We worry too much! We think too much. Why do we care so much about our kids missing out? Really, they are going to be ok!
June 09, 2021
“You are a Better Person than Me.”
For sure I am not! I think this come from the idea that kids are so hard and difficult. Which, yes, they are. But it doesn’t factor in the idea that they are also fun, joyful, rewarding and all the positives that come with kids.
June 09, 2021
“How do you afford college?”
Often people comment on the cost of kids but I’ve really only heard it in the context of college tuition. So interesting right? So let’s talk about paying for kids’ college.
June 09, 2021
“I can’t handle anymore than the kids i have now!”
I can’t handle life either sometimes. We are all overwhelmed, over stressed and feel inadequate sometimes. I don’t think it matters how many kids we have!
June 08, 2021
“I could never do that!”
I respond to the comment, “I could never do that!” in reference to having a lot of kids. It’s not true. Of course you can… if you want to!
June 08, 2021