Join Laura Max Rose as she interviews experts in fields pertaining to motherhood, mothers themselves and all-around heartwarming and thought-provoking folk whom she hopes will make everyone’s motherhood journey easier, fuller and more joyful.
IN THIS EPISODE,
DR. MIRMELLI AND I DISCUSS:
How conflict can actually help us get closer with our partners/anyone
Our primal, primitive insticts and why we’re all fighting on Facebook (and even in public) right now.
Finding a good balance between social media and reality
Why it’s important to feel like you can share your truth, even in a society that increasingly limits the social acceptability of what we can and cannot say
The types of people who tend to stir up arguments online (keyboard warriors) and why it’s best not to engage them (you’re off the hook!)
Back-to-school is here, and some parents finally have the time and space to stop, breathe and actually feel some of the emotions of the whirlwind past few months of pandemic parenting. Having spoken to many parents over the past several weeks, I’ve found that many of those feelings are ones of regret, shame and loss as we look back over so many moments being stretched thin, worn out and unable to be the kind of parents we think we should be. In this episode, Willow Crowns’ Megan Birkel returns to discuss these emotions, what her life looks like today with one of her children back in school and how she’s changed - in some ways permanently - after being a Pandemic Parent.
This is a crazy time to be a parent with school-aged children: do we send them back to school or keep them home? Virtual school or none altogether? In this episode, I disclose my personal choices over these issues and more and how I'm coping with the current realities of pandemic parenting.
My two daughters were two totally different babies, and yet, there were five pieces of baby gear that got me through the fourth trimester with each of them that I LOVE recommending to new moms. Tune into this episode to hear what they are + a few more recommendations I have for any mom looking to simplify new motherhood and make the journey a little easier.
There's a difference between choosing the BEST school and choosing the RIGHT school for your unique child. Whether you're looking into public or private options, or trying to pivot in a pandemic, Julie Blumberg of Houston School Options offers substantial advice in this episode for every parent on the school search.
You're tired but there's no time for rest. You know you need to take a break but your kids aren't anywhere close to giving one. What to do next? In this episode, four-time Author, Yogi and Psychologist Suzy Reading offers tangible tools for feeling rested when you can't get proper sleep and filling your tank when circumstances are far from normal. You can learn more about Suzy and purchase her books on her website. For daily cup-filling, follow her on instagram @suzyreading.
I've known Brad for over 26 years, and in all of that time, one thing has remained never changed: his perspective, no matter what's going on within or outside of him, is always positive. I caught onto this as a teenager - he was that Dad that was always championing his kids and his family and making the best out of every situation, so much so that I found myself taking mental notes so I could use some of what I learned from him with my own family (which I have!) All these years later, the rest of the world has caught on, too: Brad is now the founder of Deutser, an innovative consulting firm that helps organizations and their leaders achieve clarity to drive business performance, and the Deutser Clarity Institute, a think tank, idea accelerator and learning lab. He shares his tools for happiness and clarity in his first book, Leading Clarity, A Breakthrough Strategy to Unleash People, Profit and Performance, and is currently in the process of writing his second. To learn more about Brad and to download some of his favorite resources for cultivating positivity in your life, visit him online here.
Stephanie Jourdan, Astrologer of Higher Self Communications in Los Angeles, joins me for this one-of-a-kind LMNH episode in which we discuss our current reality, what we have to look forward to, our relationship with the earth, why 2020 was destined to be a year like no other and what astrology can teach us about it all.
If you're interested in learning more about Stephanie or utilizing one of her services, be sure to visit her online at higherselfcommunications.com.
In this brief but mind blowing episode of Look Ma' No Hands, Parenting Coach Randi Rubenstein gives us her four-step sibling fighting tool that totally flipped me upside down when I heard it. I was doing almost everything the opposite of what she suggests and I couldn't believe how logical and game-changing her tools were when I heard them. So excited to share her wisdom with you in this episode!
Sibling dynamics in early childhood can be a huge challenge to navigate. From navigating conflict to addressing each child's different needs, Randi Rubenstein comes to the rescue again in this episode where she gives great suggestions on how to validate our children where they're at and be less divisive, helping our kids live more harmoniously with themselves and one another.
So many of the self care practices that are advertised to us cost money, and in a time when self care is so necessary and so many are either out of a job or working on less income than they’re used to, this can feel like a very destructive barrier to healing and grace.
Enter Faith Broussard Cade, AKA @fleurdelisspeaks. After a traumatic brain injury, doctors told her she needed to rest in order to recover and in so doing, she lost her job. Her household income was cut in half, which was precisely when she started writing the notes of self love that so many of us have come to treasure during this uncertain time.
Many years after her injury, her notes have helped spouses find courage to leave abusive partners, stopped someone from taking their own life and guided people through the darkest corners of their lives. In this latest episode of Look Ma’ No Hands, Faith talks about why she writes those notes and how they have continued to serve her and everyone who reads them.
50 episodes later, these are the top ten ways (and it was hard to choose) that I've been completely transformed as a person and parent since starting this show. When I did my first interview less than a year ago, I never imagined LMNH would take me on the journey it has. The interviews I've conducted have changed the way I parent, live and look at my life - all for the better. In this episode, I'm sharing ten tangible pieces of guidance that I've received from interviewees on this show that have made a huge impact. I'm so grateful to my guests, my audience and everyone who has supported me thus far. Here's to many, many more!
If you're feeling overwhelmed as we find ourselves over three months into an unprecedented global pandemic, allow this episode with Megan Birkel to remind you that you're not alone. Just as we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory, many of us are taking unfamiliar steps for our sanity and in this episode, Megan gets candid about how she's coping with our current crisis, what she's learning and what her plans are for the rest of the summer and beyond.
As we socially distance ourselves to avoid further catastrophe in the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are suffering silently when it comes to our mental health. Our nation is currently facing a Zoloft shortage and nearly 50% of Americans have anywhere from a mild to severe level of depression. Beyond feeling helpless, many who suffer from depression and anxiety are doing so with an added dose of shame: I shouldn't feel this way, at least I'm still alive, it could be so much worse, all I'm being asked is to stay at home, etc. Elizabeth Miller of Elizabeth Miller Therapy helps us understand why this kind of self-talk is hurting us and helps us unpack the shame that is preventing many of us from doing what we need to do to for ourselves in a time of immense emotional struggle.
Dinner time at our house used to be the most stressful hour of my day. I would call friends, complain, pull my hair out, and walk away feeling more exhausted and drained than the night before. My oldest daughter was what one might call a "picky" eater, and I was terrified she wasn't going to get the nutrition she needed. My anxiety led me to become a less-than-pleasant dinner partner without even realizing it. I heard things coming out of my mouth that I knew were unproductive and potentially harmful (ie encouraging my daughter to eat when she wasn't hungry), but I kept doing the same thing over and over again.
Mealtime looks 180 degrees different today, thanks in large part to many of the principles that has led nearly 50K people to follow this episode's interviewee, Kylie Mitchell, as she leads the way to intuitive eating after recovering from an eating disorder. With two young children herself, she helps moms navigate mealtime and takes the stress out by providing us with some pretty cool information about why our kids are the way they are around food and we can be supportive, confident and less stressed at the dinner table.
If you find yourself dreading dinnertime like I was, LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE! Kylie has so much great advice for adults and their children. For more of her insight and wisdom, visit her at immaeatthat.com.
Joshua Wayne, author of the recently released 40-page-book "The Simple Parenting Guide to Technology" comes on the show for episode 46 to answer all of the questions parents ask most often about how to monitor and navigate their kids' screen time and tech use. His guide covers how to approach screen time and technology for children ages 0-18, and his insight includes why you should let your kid have screen time right when they get home from school (instead of waiting until homework is finished) and why arguments over homework and grades are the biggest cause of relationship strain between kids and their parents. How do we navigate something we didn't grow up with ourselves? What do we do if we find our child looking a pornography on their phone? What about cyber bullying? What if our kid is the one doing the bullying themselves? Joshua answers all of these questions and more in an episode you'll want to bookmark and come back to as your kids and their relationship to technology grows and evolves. If you've ever wanted to find an expert, corner them and beg "just tell me what to do!" when it comes to navigating technology + your kids, Joshua is your guy and "The Simple Parenting Guide to Technology" is your book. Purchase it here and visit Joshua online here.
Kids wait all year to go to camp, so with camps like her own being cancelled all across the country due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Sunni Markowitz decided to open Camp Lantern Creek as a Virtual Camp for girls age 7-17. Camp Lantern Creek teachers life skills like babysitting, lifeguarding, EQ enhancement and more, and there's still time to sign up before the first of three one-week courses begins on Monday. Head to camplanterncreek.com now to sign up and learn more about how Virtual Camp can help our kids find joy in uncertain, stressful times.
Bri Braggs delivered her four-month-old in a home birth after researching hospital statistics on the maternal death rate of Black women and realizing it would be statistically safer for her to deliver her child in her own home.
Have you ever had to make that kind of decision? I know I haven't.
In this very candid episode of "Look Ma' No Hands," I chat with the founder of Fertile Alchemy as she candidly describes her experiences as a Black woman, daughter and mother in America. From what she was told about the police growing up to what she plans to tell her own son and how she feels about what's going on in this country today, this episode is a raw and honest account of the gap between the experiences of Black and White women in America and one of the many conversations that needs to be had in order to close it.
When Zoe Blaskey became a mother over four years ago, she discovered what all mothers know: this gig is hard. Beyond that, after many years in recovery, she found many of the things she thought she'd healed within herself were coming back up again. Amongst the conversations about which gin went best with the bedtime routine, she felt she couldn't find the conversation she wanted to have...so she started it. Zoe Blaskey launched The Motherkind Podcast several years ago and has since interviewed everyone from Glennon Doyle to Kate Northrup to Marianne Williamson with one mission in mind: helping mothers be kinder to themselves.
Zoe has helped countless mothers reconnect to themselves and shares guidance for true self care on all of her platforms. Her wisdom on how to become our own best friends, let go of perfectionism, become a model and not a martyr and live full lives as mothers is infinite. Have a listen to this very special episode of "Look Ma' No Hands" to hear Zoe's very important take on why putting on our own oxygen mask first is vital in motherhood and all areas of life.
To learn more about Motherkind and Zoe's offerings, click here.
To listen to The Motherkind Podcast, click here.
Wine has become a socially acceptable coping mechanism for the overwhelming challenges of motherhood, but is it hurting us more than it's helping us? Clare Pooley, mother-of-three and author of "The Sober Diaries", decided to find out when, five years ago, she poured herself a glass - nay, mug - of red before noon to cure a hangover (a big rule-breaker for her.) She lifted the mug to find it read "World's Best Mum." It was right then and there that she dove into a life of sobriety that she'd never planned on, abruptly halting a bottle-of-wine-per-day (or more) wine habit and starting an anonymous blog called "Mummy was a Secret Drinker" to track and share her journey. In this episode, we discuss what she's learned about the links between alcohol and anxiety and depression, the miracle that is "sober hair", the best sleep she's ever had, a timeline of how her life started to change when she put down the bottle and what her life as a mother of three looks like today compared to what it looked like before.
To order "The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Quit Drinking and Started Living", click here.
Blogger, influencer and venture capitalist Carrie Colbert had it all.
And then she got pregnant. At 40. (And not exactly on purpose.)
A year later, she found herself raising her daughter on her own, moving out of a flooded home and forging a new path - one that would NOT include a male counterpart, she swore. It makes sense that at the precise moment she decided to write off men entirely, she found the one.
On this episode of Look Ma’ No Hands, Carrie makes a BIG announcement and tells us all about what her career looks like today with one almost-3-year-old in tow, a FIANCÉ (yes, she’s engaged!) and an unexpected quarantine. If anyone knows how to pivot, it’s Carrie, so if you’ve found yourself wandering in the unknown during this uncertain time, or if you’ve ever needed a reminder that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, you’ll love what she has to say.
Follow Carrie on Insta @carriec.
Some couples are thriving in quarantine and others are planning to file for divorce as soon as they can get to the courthouse. What's the real difference between these two scenarios and what can we do if quarantine hasn't been the best thing for our relationship? Sex and relationship therapist Dr. Emily Jamea of Revive Therapy discusses what we can learn and take with us from the success that some of have had in this quarantine and what couples who've struggled should consider before taking action.
Are you struggling to connect emotionally and physically in your relationship? Do you feel stuck? Dr. Jamea is now offering a private, 6-week online workshop for a fresh approach to reviving individual, relationship, and erotic health. To find out more, visit her online at EmilyJamea.com and use the coupon code "LMNH" for 50% off!
In Megan's fourth episode on Look Ma' No Hands, she answers YOUR questions on how she maintains a strong and communicative relationship, what she knows about working things out with your spouse when you disagree and the kids are listening, how she's navigating post-quarantine life in Texas and how she dealt with adversity in her past to find confidence in her present.
To learn more about Megan and shop the Willow Crown collection, visit her on instagram @willowcrowns or find her online at www.willowcrowns.com.
GIVEAWAY: head to my instagram @lauramaxrose THIS WEEK by Friday 5/22/20 and enter to win a BOX of Willow Crowns bows! Giveaway entry details on my feed.
You are more than who you love and what you choose to work on.
In this episode of Look Ma' No Hands, I share part of my own mental health journey in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month as I sit down with Mental Health Coach and founder of "Becoming Wildly Well" Brande truly is. Now, she helps individuals recover who they really are and engage the lifelong journey of "becoming" ourselves.
The world of motherhood is rife with opportunities for self-doubt and loss of self, but in this episode, Brandi discusses how we can start to turn inward, trust ourselves and stop seeking outside validation for our parenting choices.
If you'd like to learn more about Brandi or are interesting in working with her, you can visit her online at www.becomingwildlywell.com or on instagram at @becomingbrandilea.
Many years ago, Carla White found herself overweight, drinking heavily and feeling apathetic about her life. Her journey to more happiness led her to create The Gratitude App (highlighted by Oprah and Entrepreneur Magazine) which became a tool I used in my own spiritual awakening many years ago. In this episode, she shares what she knows about the brain, why we're actually wired for happiness and how to create more of it in our lives in very simple, concrete ways.
There is so much about this time that has been so challenging, but there’s also so much it’s brought me that I would never want to give back. My recent guest, Maghon Taylor, can probably relate.
Many years ago, Maghon was at one of the lowest points in her life, newly married to an abusive spouse and an entire country away from her family. She found her way home, found her own light after believing it was lost forever and now she shines it on others through her very presence as well as her hand lettering business, @allshewrotenotes.
I can’t wait for you to hear her story and feel her sparkle today - her episode is at the link in my profile and I think it’s what all of us can use on this full-moon-in-quarantine-kind-of-day.
Maghon, thank you for sharing your light with all of us and for showing us how the hardest times in our life can be yield the most beautiful ones.
Founder of DEFINE body & mind and TedX speaker Henry Richardson discusses positive interventions and meaningful ways to actively pursue a life of happiness, joy, love, serenity and all-around goodness.
Several years ago, nationally-renowned photographer Michelle Gardella left her life behind to spend 2.5 years traveling the US in an Airstream with her family. It wouldn't be the last time she lit a match to burn down what no longer served her; she also walked away from a rather successful instagram presence to separate from what wasn't working for her. None of us has been through a pandemic-induced quarantine before, but in my mind, Michelle has come the closest. In this episode, I ask her all of my questions about how it feels to let go of so much all at once and what she wants to let go of in the current storm we're all facing.
Same storm, different boats: while some of us are riding this quarantine out with Netflix shows and at-home workouts and serious isolation, others are with their families doing the parenting thing 24/7 and wondering what it might be like to be catching up on all that lost sleep. Is one easier than the other? I'm getting the lowdown on how the other half lives with Julie Lauren of "Hashtag No Filter."
Are your kids watching enough TV right now? Parenting Coach Randi Rubenstein wants to make sure.
Quarantine parenting is exhausting, but it brings up issues we can either run from or work on and heal from. While we're showing up for it all, remember to keep the TV on and give yourselves a break! You'll love what Parenting Coach Randi Rubenstein has to say in this episode about kicking back, setting the kids up with their favorite shows and making time for YOU.
On March 10th, I caught up with Megan Birkel on the #1 most-listened to episode of "Look Ma' No Hands." We discussed how she was cultivating a life she loved - running a successful hair accessories business and a pretty darn happy home. Her attitude was pure (and contagious) gratitude. I have been dying to catch up with Megan to hear how she's doing, coping and managing it all amidst our current pandemic (she's still running Willow Crowns out of her kitchen with two girls at home) and I wasn't surprised to hear that while she's certainly in the thick of it, she's taking things away from this crisis that have already left her forever (and very positively) changed. Have a listen to this episode to hear what Megan will be taking with her once this storm is over, and what she'll be leaving behind.
Several months ago, Natalie came on my show and famously recommended that we all time ourselves when we get ready in the morning (because it doesn't take that long!) Listen to her updated tips on staying sane in a crazy world today on LMNH. To learn more about her personal styling webinar and other services, visit her at NatalieWeakly.com or @natalieweakly on Insta!
Is all of that Melatonin really good for you? What about Vitamin C? How is stress really affecting our immune system and where do we even begin in trying to regulate it during uncertain times? Where do we start when it comes to supplementing and maintaining our overall health in the age of Coronavirus?
There's nothing like a pandemic to prompt us to take a deeper look at how we care for ourselves each day, whether by the food we feed ourselves, the regimens we maintain or the supplements we take. The moment I found out about the seriousness of the Coronavirus, I started making major changes to support myself both physically and emotionally in an uncertain time (we Roses now have geriatric bedtimes, rise with the sun AND take a whole bunch of supplements that I can't wait to tell you about in this episode.)
There's a lot of information going around about what we "should" be doing to maintain strong overall health in these uncertain times. That's why I asked my friend Michael Bischoff to join me and answer some of our questions and help us understand what's really important when it comes to getting and maintaining a strong immune system and nervous system.
Michael Bischoff is the president and founder of Glaxon, a supplement and sports nutrition company whose goals are to empower you physically, mentally and spiritually. In today's episode of "Look Ma' No Hands", Michael joins me to discuss a proactive approach to overall health and wellbeing in the age of Coronavirus, and why it's more important now than ever.
When my husband and I got married, we received three pre-marital counseling sessions from one of the Rabbi's who married us. After we had our first daughter, I always wondered what it would be like to go in for the "update": how do we take all the great guidance we receive before marriage and put it to use after kids are in the picture? In this episode, I finally get to ask all the questions I've had to Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel. His insight is like a warm blanket for the soul, and whether you have children or are just newly quarantined with your spouse, I think you'll find something really useful in what he has to say.
In my first-ever recorded skype interview for "Look Ma', No Hands", I'm chatting with Dr. Elizabeth Hentschel, psychologist and founder of "The Parenting Well", on coping with quarantine measures with little ones at home.
What to you say to your child when they're slapping you in the face? Children's therapist Amanda Armbruster has an idea or two for how to deal with hitting, biting and a number of other normal behavioral issues we come face to face with in young children.
Megan Birkel might just be the most organized human being I've ever come across, but whenever I interview her, I come to find that it's so much more than that. Beyond the closets and clean kitchen is a woman who knows how to organize her life so that it's one she loves to live. This episode of "Look Ma' No Hands" will give you so many ideas, tips and suggestions on how to do the same.
I hate admitting it, but the question of whether to work or stay at home once I became a mother plagued me not just once, but after each one of my children were born. Each postpartum period, I fell victim to the ruthless debates that ensue over the subject and likely tortured myself a little over my "choice." Randi's take on this subject is the best one I've ever heard, and I hope it sets you free a little bit if this is something you've had difficulty with.
Coronavirus - and the fear of it - is spreading. Dr. Gail Clayton specializes in functional medicine and offers her protocol for preparedness in this episode of "Look Ma' No Hands." For more information from Dr. Clayton and downloadable protocols, visit her at DrGailClayton.com.
According to parenting coach Randi Rubenstein, "all behavior is communication." Through "conscious discipline", we can work with our children to unpack their emotions and create healthy patterns of communication that benefit the whole family.
This episode was brought to you by Social Mama App! SocialMama is support and friendship at every stage of motherhood. The app provides opportunities for women to create meaningful mom friendships and build your mom tribe, without shaming or guilt. Go to socialmama.us to learn more and download the app!
First things first: I'm an epidural girl. Second things second: Latina's incredible, non-judgmental approach to guiding women through childbirth and the postpartum period is why we were able to have such a candid, hilarious conversation about her natural birth experiences and what she knows about birth, perinatal and postpartum care as a doula and founder of Marley and Moo Maternity.
You can learn more about Latina and inquire about her services at marleyandmoomaternity.com or follow her on instagram, @marleyandmoo.
In my last Sex Talk with Dr. Emily Jamea of Revive Therapy, we discussed all the ins and outs (eh hem) of having a healthy sex life postpartum and what that really looks like. In this episode, I'm asking a different question of Dr. Jamea's colleague, Dr. Meryl Cohen: how do we talk to our children about sex?
Meryl Cohen is the author of "Why is this Sex Book Different from all other Sex Books?" and I think you'll find her commentary on how we introduce these kinds of conversations to our children fascinating. We also dive into a discussion about gender identity and more that you don't want to miss!
I expected to talk about "cramming it all in" when I greeted Aimee Woodall for our interview, but instead our conversation evolved into a heartfelt chat about self-care, honoring our time and living a full yet un-frazzled life. I was so refreshed by Aimee's daily routine, perspective and workplace implementations such as an office concierge that helps her employees with daily tasks like dry-cleaning so they can actually focus on their work AND enjoy their time off on the weekends. Aimee founded The Black Sheep Agency, an Inc.com Best Place to Work and local brand strategy and creative agency that breaks barriers and activates people around causes that truly matter. She does all of this while raising two little ones (one of whom made an early and extremely emotional entrance that she discusses in this podcast) and I know you'll be nodding along with so much of what she has to say.
In this episode of "Look Ma', No Hands", personal organizer Ellen Cooley confirms what I've long suspected: our outside "mess" or lack thereof is a reflection of whatever we have going on inside of us (not sure what that says about my vehicle, which could certainly qualify me for an episode of "Hoarders: Buried Alive.") Clutter can often stem from chaos, which obviously includes the chaos of raising little ones. How can we stay tidy with tinies? Ellen answers all of our questions and speaks to the way organization has helped her keep her own anxiety under control is this conversation you don't want to miss.
To learn more about Ellen or to work with her, visit her online at www.southernsequence.com or follow her on Instagram, @southernsequence.
Forget everything you think you know about sex and dive into this episode about sex postpartum, the science behind our sex drive and lack thereof, why "scheduling sex" might not be as weird as you think it is, and what all couples should consider when approaching a healthy relationship in and out of the bedroom.
What are the core traits that make someone successful? I'll give you a hint: it's not about being perfect at everything. It's not about being all things to all people, all the time.
"We're built with a set of gifts," explains Denise Hamilton. "You are not designed to impact the world through your weaknesses. You're designed to impact the world through your strengths."
Forget editing and filtering your favorite snaps and think about how you filter what you see on social media. Why? Because our self-worth, ability to "start" the projects we've been dreaming of and embrace who we are as parents and people depends on it. Most of us can only do a few things really well, so why are we suddenly so hung up on doing everything perfectly? The energy we're putting in to firing on all cylinders in every area of life is draining us and causing burnout in epic proportions. Not only that, but we're expecting the same of our spouses and others around us in a way that's detrimental to our happiness and mental health. But alas, there is oh-so-much hope. Hear it, listen to it and feel it in this latest episode of LMNH with the one and only Denise Hamilton, founder of Watch Her Work (www.watcherwork.com.)
Denise has been featured on NPR, Forbes, FOX, Huffington Post, CBS, NBC and most recently as the host of “Project Comeback” on Lifetime. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, Xconomy, Black Enterprise, and the Houston Business Journal. She was named one of the 41 Most Fascinating People in Houston by the Houston Chronicle and Woman Who Means Business by the Houston Business Journal. She was named one the 41 Most Fascinating People in Houston by the Houston Chronicle and one of Houston’s Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine.
Denise believes that you shouldn’t have to have powerful friends to have powerful information. She is committed to making sure that the information needed for women to build a business, climb the corporate ladder, and get on boards is available to every woman and the men that support them.
At WatchHerWork, Her life is your lesson.
"Denise has been one of the best reviewed speakers of all time. We have female employees all over the world. She was able to engage them at all levels. She is a master at what she does." - Merlex Harris, IBM
Mary Beth Arcidiacono, LMSW is a mother, social worker, consultant, researcher, and advocate. On August 8, 1998 she was involved in an accident with her four children on her family’s drive home from a vacation in Colorado. Her oldest son, Johnny, was killed, and his younger brother, Christopher, sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Mary Beth started on a new path at the unexpected moment of her loss and along the way has struggled, explored, questioned, and discovered things that need to be shared with others. She has become an expert on the realities and consequences of traumatic loss and grief – and offers rare and illuminating practical suggestions for the families and friends of those who have lost a loved one.
Dr. Megan Pallister is a Houston-based OBGYN for the modern era; she does skype calls with her patients for their two-week postpartum appointment so they don't have to trek all the way to her office (can I get a Hallelujah), her Instagram is a transparent, dedicated platform that makes you feel like you have an on-call OB/BFF, and her perspective on delivering babies changed in a major way when she finally had her own baby several years ago. If you've struggled with miscarriage, breastfeeding, baby blues and any of the other bumps in the road associated with life postpartum, you'll want to listen to what Dr. Pallister has to say about her own experiences and how she uses her practice to make this world a brighter, better place for pregnant and postpartum mamas.
Talking to Elizabeth Miller of Elizabeth Miller Therapy was like walking into a warm hug. She's a psychotherapist and marriage and family counselor who works with women in all stages of motherhood and holds space for their stories, grief, love and hope.
Facebook groups assembled to "support" moms in all stages of motherhood might appear to be communities of support, but underneath the surface, they can be a hotbed for "mom shaming", intense criticism and online bullying. Amanda Ducach decided to do something when she started "Social Mama App", a "match.com for moms" that helps you find your mom soulmates in a supportive online forum. Listen to hear from both Amanda and Amanda Vlastas of West University Moms on how the app is changing the game when it comes to friendship postpartum.
"Don't look back: you're not going that way." - Wayne Dyer. Basya Benshushan helps me piece together something I haven't understood until now: I'm not going back to who I was before, not even the person I was after I gave birth to my first daughter, Selma. There is no roadmap in my past for my future. With each child I bear, I grow more into who I am meant to be, and sometimes, I'm surprised by who she is. It's scary being in foreign territory with yourself. And yet, Basya's bravery has inspired my own and I hope you'll listen to this mother of four and CEO of digital marketing agency Pink Cilantro on what it means to evolve openheartedly and stay spiritually grounded in motherhood and beyond.
The best of "Look Ma' No Hands" so far and the upcoming interviews I can't wait to share with you. Plus: my friend who's doing a "no-shop November" and why I'm inspired and the bedroom after babies - why nobody talks about it and every mama wants to talk about it.
Self-care is so much more than just getting a mani/pedi or doing an at-home facial. Self-care is about choices, prioritizing your needs and, as Megan of Willow Crowns puts it, making every decision with the goal of "preserving your emotional bandwidth." We only have so much energy to give to ourselves, our children, and our passions, so it makes sense that being meticulous about how we expend that energy, who we spend time with, and how we choose not to spend our time, makes all the difference in how we feel each day and what our lives look like.
I hope you’ll tune in to this latest podcast episode where Megan and I discuss the holy grail of taking care of ourselves while caring care of others, how she started her hair accessories business with two kids in tow, and what she knows about success in motherhood, business and life. If being a mom has taught me anything, it’s that you can fit what matters into one day with room to spare, so long as you prioritize what matters.
Forget doing your own hair when you wake up to a baby screaming, right? Messy buns, yoga pants - most of us are familiar with this version of the "mom" uniform. But what if we have more options than we think? According to image consultant and personal stylist Natalie Weakly of "Signature Style", it all starts with curating your closet and shopping with some of her highly coveted wisdom. Tune in for countless tips and tricks for how to look and feel fabulous - everyday - in motherhood and beyond. ALSO: 3 people every mama needs to be following on instagram, the perfect earrings for your face shape, how to hang your clothes so you can find them and how to buy them so you love them, and so much more!
Can we still reach across the aisle in 2020? One of my best friends and host of the epic podcast "Hashtag No Filter" is turning the tables on me in this two-way interview where we go into why I started "Look Ma', No Hands", the truth behind my political convictions and why I think the intersection between motherhood and politics is so important.
Chanda Scott's daughter was a perfectly-developing 15-month old when suddenly, everything changed. Chanda came home to find her daughter has an escalating fever and was listless: she could no longer walk, talk or do any of the things that she was capable of just days before. She would later find out that her daughter had contracted Kawasaki disease, also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, which while extremely rare and treatable, would change their lives forever. In this episode of "Look Ma', No Hands", Chanda tells us how this moment changed her perspective, the way she approaches her business "The Pampered Pickle", and so much more.
I had a 30-hour labor with my firstborn that concluded in a c-section, several months of trauma and some physical agony to follow. I went for the big "VBAC" (Vaginal birth after c-section) with my second birth and now I have a lot to share about the process and what it really means to birth a baby...and a mother. I'm sitting down with the two birth doulas who helped me birth my second daughter Violet to discuss how we can better understand the meaning of birth and the importance of postpartum care for the modern day mama.
For the first-ever episode of Look Ma', No Hands, I'm sitting down with functional nutritionist and self-proclaimed "Period Guru" Jenna Longoria to talk about hormonal imbalance, postpartum anxiety and depression, the side effects of hormonal birth control and how we can use what we know about our monthly cycles to empower ourselves throughout the month and live free-er of what weighs us down hormonally.