As first time moms, we often struggle with navigating our new role. Whether we're Googling for answers at 3 am, joining FB groups, or are taking unsolicited advice from friends, we must realize there’s no substitute for our intuitive superpower - "mom sense."
Entrepreneur, wife, and mom of three (twins + 1) Kanika Chadda Gupta, invites guests to share their mom sense experiences & dig deep on topics like how to teach your child to meditate, making your marriage last, & mastering your car makeup routine. Grab your latte (that's ice cold by now) & laugh along with "That's Total Mom Sense."
Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body and spirit.
It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.
Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health from reducing stress, inflammation and improves breathing, sleep, happiness, strength, flexibility, and mood.
My guest today is Rachel Welch, who is a women’s health advocate and post natal fitness pioneer and expert. Her life-elevating fitness method empowers women with the knowledge and skills to understand, heal and embody motherhood from the inside-out.
Revolution Motherhood™ Fitness Method merges Yoga, Soft Foam Rolling, PT, Pilates, Bootcamp and Breath into empowering, inspirational workouts. Rachel brilliantly fuses education, alignment and strength training into progressively challenging sequences so that you start to see and feel results immediately. Whether you are newly post baby, just beginning a workout routine, or have a strong fitness lifestyle, Rachel will maximize your workouts, tone your core, glutes, thighs and arms, and leave you feeling open, strong, balanced and confident.
On today's episode, I have a gab fest with Brooke Allen and Heather Lovato, the founders of Sōlspace, a no holds barred podcast and blog for moms. These two mompreneurs share their journey from being single AF to married with children, and give you real-talk parenting tips along the way. Brooke, an entrepreneur and digital marketing strategist, loves spending time with her family, a glass of red wine with her girls (or alone), snuggling with her 2 year old boy and has a weird obsession with finding information online (friends affectionately call her “cyberstalker”). No one is safe but your secrets are safe with her.
Heather started a successful conscious creative agency called clover PR over 6 years ago, married the man of her dreams and then they had the cutest, chunkiest, delicious little boy... but nothing is quite figured out. Heather loves being creative, coffee + morning walks with her family, attending anything with a theme and sarcasm is her true love language. She has always dreamed of sharing her thoughts with the masses one day -- even if only for her own therapy.
The two each have one son and are now pregnant with their daughters (due any day now!) We talk time management, how the mom life #juggleisreal, and more.
In my opinion, the most challenging facet to being a parent is wondering if you are making good decisions for your kids. Should I sleep train or not? How much screen time? Should I opt for a nanny or daycare? When are we doing away with bottles? When to start potty training? And these small problems evolve when we have tweens and adolescents who are faced with peer pressure, bullying, self esteem issues, keeping up with competitive academic environments, honing in on their passions, and being socially accepted.
Sue Groner is founder of the Parenting Mentor, which provides on-site and virtual sessions for parents of toddlers through teens. As a University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School graduate and a former advertising executive, Groner uses her training in creative problem solving with her CLEARR methodology to help parents foster and maintain a more fulfilling and stress-free experience while in the trenches of day-to-day children. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
“One of the most frustrating aspects of parenting is that there is no school for it. You learn by doing.” -Dr. Elliot Barsh, Pediatrician
“Sue Groner’s parenting tips provide immediate access to wise and loving guidance that can help when navigating the many day to day challenges we encounter when raising children. Her big picture, common-sense approach offers parents a “tool box” that allows them to act from a position of confidence.”
No one likes feeling guilty. It's just not a happy place to be. Yet somehow mothers seem to riddled with what is called "mom guilt" all the time. We sacrifice so much for our children, but despite that, we still feel like we're not doing enough. For some, they feel guilty for not being able to take care of their children because they're working, and for others, they long to be out in the workforce because they feel they're homebound with their kids too much. Either way, it's a difficult conundrum to grapple with all the time.
On this episode, I am joined by Dr. Terri Bacow, who is a clinical psychologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has deep expertise in using skills-based therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and related disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety. Dr. Bacow is dedicated to empowering each client with the concrete, sustainable coping skills to better manage overwhelming thoughts and emotions. She especially enjoys working with young adults (including college students) and parents, including moms and dads adjusting to new parenting or interested in parent coaching. Ready to shed the mom guilt, and hone in on your greatest, most powerful self? Let's do this!
When you think "mom fashion," it may sound like an oxymoron because moms are stereotypically viewed as frumpy and disheveled because we are too busy sacrificing for our kids. Hello! But it doesn’t have to be this way. We CAN look like a million bucks and we SHOULD spend time and energy to do so because it does wonders for our confidence and self-esteem, which makes us better as moms, at our jobs, and positively impacts every facet of our life.
Katie Kabel is the founder of Kabel Styles and is my personal stylist. After spending over 20 years working in retail, Katie left work to start a family. She always enjoyed working, and knew she wanted to return to work when the time was right. She was eager to get back to doing what she loves; cultivating meaningful relationships, making women and men feel confident and empowered. Working as a personal stylist allows her to fulfill her desire to be productive and creative while still attending to the needs of her young family.
Being a personal stylist is so much more than dressing an individual, it’s about a relationship of trust, gratitude, and commitment. Giving someone the confidence to walk into an interview, go on a first date, tackle a new life adventure, or simply putting a smile on their face. That’s why she doesn’t just label herself as a personal shopper/stylist but also as an image consultant. Listen in to Katie's top tips for moms on the staples they should have in their closet and what pieces they should consider that are flattering, functional, fashionable, and fun!
According to an article in Fortune magazine, For around 30 years, researchers have studied how having children affects a marriage, and the results are conclusive: the relationship between spouses suffers once kids come along. Comparing couples with and without children, researchers found that the rate of the decline in relationship satisfaction is nearly twice as steepfor couples who have children than for childless couples. In the event that a pregnancy is unplanned, the parents experience even greater negative impacts on their relationship.
On today’s episode, I am joined by Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez. She says the process of healing often leads to deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationships. She works collaboratively with her clients, creating a safe, healing, therapeutic space that allows for growth and change. She offers an integrative approach to therapy, tailored to your unique needs. She specializes in working with individuals, couples and families struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and major life changes, like having a baby.
She says the challenges we face as we move through various phases of life can seem overwhelming and isolating. It doesn't have to be this way. She truly believes that each individual possesses the power within to live to their highest potential, and she’s here to support your journey to a place of hope, compassion and self love.
You know what the most trite advice is about babies and sleep? “Honey, sleep when the baby sleeps!” It makes me think of a meme I came across on Instagram that said, “Sure. And I’ll do laundry when my baby does laundry and wash bottles when my baby washes bottles.” When the baby sleeps, that may be our only window of time to get to the umpteen things we have to do.
One of the most polarizing and confusing topics for a new mom is “To sleep train or not.” There are some parents who are die-hard believers in the Ferber method and others who prefer co-sleeping, and others who fall somewhere in between. First and foremost, there is no right or wrong method. You do what is right for your baby and your family and your schedule.
What I aim to provide you with is knowledge. If you’re a mom who is unsure of what to do to put your baby to sleep and sleep well, this is the episode for you. I interview Kelly Murray, founder of Kelly Murray Sleep Consulting and Dr. Amber Price, Pediatrician/Lactation Specialist, and they talk about the pros and cons of sleep training vs. attachment parenting.
My goal is to keep things as objective as possible. As a journalist, I’m hardwired to tell both sides of the story, that way you can take both of these very different perspectives and schools of thought and do what’s best for your baby and your family. Sweet dreams!
As the adage goes, “Nine months on; nine months off.” It takes about 9 months to put on the baby weight during pregnancy, and roughly that amount of time to lose it. But for many women, it’s not that easy. I know I can relate after having my twins! Now imagine having the added pressure of being in the spotlight on TV, which sadly does add 10 lbs, all while juggling life with a new baby.
Today, I’m interviewing someone who has done it all and more, MaraSchiavocampo. She’s a three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent for ABC News based in New York, chart-topping podcast host, and best-selling author of her memoir “Thinspired,” which documents how she lost 90 pounds after her first child. Unbelievable! Mara is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog.
She’s here to tell us her story and give us some tips along the way. Get ready to get thinspired!
If you’re a mom of toddlers, you’ve probably had to deal with the dreaded tantrum. They happen all the time - at home and in public - and when we have an audience like when you’re at a grocery store or at the mall, it’s like the most embarrassing thing ever. They don’t call it terrible 2s for nothing. Today, we’re going to learn how to deal with tantrums and really get to the root of the issue.
Brooke Campbell is a licensed creative arts therapist and board certified trainer of drama therapy with fifteen years of experience and holds a master’s degree from New York University . She’s the founder of Creative Kinections LLC an arts based community organization providing drama therapy to private clients, universities, hospitals, schools, non-profits, addiction centers, and domestic violence organizations. Brooke is an alumni and teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with the School of Social Policy and Practice and guest lectures at New York University and The School of Visual Arts. In 2018, she received the Women's Excellence Award in Children's Advocacy and has been voted by parents as a Favorite Kids' Doc in the category of psychotherapy from 2013-2018.
Shortly after a new mother gets wheeled into her recovery room after labor and delivery, she’s handed her newborn baby, who’s fresh and clean from the nursery, and gets a crash course on swaddling. Pediatricians, nurses, and trusted moms the world over swear by aden + anais, which are breathable, muslin blankets to swaddle your little one to sleep.
Today I am honored to have with me, the powerhouse behind this iconic baby lifestyle brand, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, wife, mother to four daughters, and thought leader, Raegan Moya-Jones. She is the CEO and co-founder of aden + anais. She founded the company with an initial investment of $15,000 in start-up capital in 2003, and grew it to $100 million business. The company sells over 2,000 products in 68 countries and has clients like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, DJ Khaled, Neil Patrick Harris, and the Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few.
Raegan was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and aden + anais was named to the Crain’s New York Business “Fast 50” list for three consecutive years and was recognized for a 338% growth rate and reported revenue of $41.7 million in 2013.
Raegan most recently co-founded Saint Luna, a premium moonshine brand.
She sits on the board of directors for Hopeland, a nonprofit created to pioneer innovative solutions and build new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.
She is the author of “What it Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds” and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four daughters.
When I found I was pregnant, the first thing my sister in law gave me was the book - What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Since the early 80s, it’s been the bible of a mother-to-be’s pregnancy journey. And now we have apps like The Bump, Ovia, Sprout, WebMD Pregnancy, and more that walk us through each trimester week by week illustrating how our baby goes from being the size of a blueberry to a watermelon.
But what happens next? How come we aren’t as informed about what happens during postpartum? I personally asked my OBGYN a bajillion questions and she was a fellow twin mom so had a lot of advice relevant to my situation. During my hospital stay after my c-section, I must have befriended at least 6 RNs who were taking care of me during various shifts and they were all very helpful and chatty and didn’t hesitate to give me their 2 cents. And of course, I was searching every topic under the sun on Google and YouTube from ‘how long does it take to recover from a c-section’ to ‘when will my milk come in?’
On this episode, we’re going to do a crash course on what to expect after you have your baby or babies and how to feel mentally prepared with all the things that happen after pregnancy - essentially, what to expect to expect when you’re done expecting.
My guest today is Intrepid mother of two, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Dr. Tara for short. She’s an ob/gyn, practicing gynecologic surgeon and an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Tara is recognized as an international leader in global women’s health and a frequently cited expert in this field. She is also an accomplished researcher focused on interventions designed to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality, with work published in prominent medical journals such as the American Journal of Perinatology and ACOG Today. She launched a company called Mommy Matters because a simple truth: women everywhere find it hard to focus on their own comfort and recovery during pregnancy and after childbirth. Mom takes care of everyone else, but who takes care of mom? Mommy Matters has products including a pregnancy pillow and postpartum kit.
Dr. Shirazian is also the founder of Saving Mothers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications in low-resource settings. Saving Mothers believes no woman should die giving life.
A common theme moms face during postpartum is not being able to recognize ourselves and feeling a sense of loss of our former identity. I wanted to be a mother more than anything, but even I went through these emotions in my head. I felt blessed to have kids, but also hated my body and how I had less time to myself, my work, and my interests. I remember looking in the mirror after I had my third baby (which was 18 months after I had delivered twins) and I just wanted to cry. I saw my weight gain and this puffy face looking back at me and I just didn’t feel like myself. If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone.
On this episode, I am joined by Caroline Zwickson. She is a Certified Women’s Health & Life Coach and the creator of the Well Mama program.Caroline earned her Master in Counseling Psychology and obtained her Health Coach Certification from The Integrative Women's Health Institute. She is a passionate mother who supports fellow moms in creating holistic and thriving health as they rediscover their identity as a woman and mother. Her focus is to help clients create optimal hormonal balance and discover true emotional well-being through functional nutrition, positive psychology, transformative life coaching tools, and lifestyle adjustments. With Caroline’s expertise and dedication, her clients discover what it truly means to flourish in motherhood and in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Caroline currently lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.
For so many families, the exodus of moving to the suburbs to live the “American Dream” with their 2.5 kids, dog, and white picket fence is a thing of the past. They’re trading in the backyard, garage, and minivan for balconies, a doorman, and Citi bikes…with no regrets.
Patrice Poltzer is a bonafide city mom who has raising kids in the city down to a science. A former Emmy-nominated TODAY show producer, she is the founder of Patrice Poltzer Creative, a video production house, as well as the co-founder of CityKin, a parenting site that celebrates raising kids in the city by way of advice, community, and inspiration for families around the world.
New mothers are under a ton of pressure - dealing with their recovery, tending to their baby's needs around the clock, nursing, managing their home and other family members, work, the list goes on. Actress and producer Melanie Chandra (ABC's "Code Black," HBO's "The Brink," "For Here or To Go" on NetFlix) knows this all to well as she was pregnant when she was filming her pilot, "Surina and Mel," and began pitching her projects shortly after her daughter was born. Being a woman of color adds another layer of responsibility and challenges faced along the way.
I've known Melanie for over a decade and I have to say, she's taken on her new 'role' as mother with aplomb. We talk about her journey during pregnancy, being a mother in entertainment, working with her best friend and having Kal Penn as their executive producer, and her advice to women who want to make it in Hollywood and not give up their family life.
The World Health Organization recently tightened its guidelines on screen time for kids. Babies in their first year of life should never be exposed to screens and those aged 2 to 4 should spend no more than an hour a day in front of a screen. (Cue - parents gasping everywhere). Though technology can be beneficial in many ways, we can't deny the increase in cases of childhood obesity, vision/eyestrain issues, anxiety, and behavioral disorders due to introducing our little ones to our digital world too soon.
Speaker, author, and leading expert on digital detox, Holland Haiis advises on how much time each age group should ideally spend in front a screen, if it all. She also takes a deep dive into why kids get addicted, how it effects their brain and behavior, and how we can flip the script and get them to ditch the habit. Parents, you may want to put down your smartphone and lead by example with this one!
Massage has numerous benefits for children including infant weight gain, stress and anxiety relief, motor development, and cognitive development. On this episode, I’m joined by Sweta Doshi, the founder of Bubbsi, a skincare brand for babies and toddlers. Leveraging her 10 years of experience working in strategy and marketing at major beauty and apparel brands, Sweta decided to solve a problem that all moms face -- finding all-natural skincare for our babies. Drawing from her own experience when her daughter developed eczema as a newborn, Sweta explains that bathing our babies every day can be extremely drying on their skin, especially if they have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema, so parents should make massage the focal point of their bedtime routine. Listeners, enter promo code MOMSENSE10 for 10% off your first Bubbsi order.