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Motherhood Grace

Motherhood Grace

By Kate Markovitz

Mommy, the martyr. The new depiction of motherhood that is damaging and disempowering women. You've seen the memes - "surviving on coffee and wine" or "hot mess mom club." The badge of motherhood has become how much you give, and give, and give of yourself to everyone else... Enough! It has to stop.

THIS is Motherhood Grace, a podcast and company by a mom, for a mom. Motherhood Grace is dedicated to helping moms reclaim motherhood and themselves. Discover new tools, resources, and a mom community that is validating, supportive, and uplifting. Mama, you've totally got this!
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34. My 5 Heroes of 2022
34. My 5 Heroes of 2022
Tune in to hear about my 5 heroes of 2022, plus a special announcement! Read more and find the links here: https://www.motherhoodgrace.com/post/my-5-heroes-of-2022 Catch you in 2023 xoxo
29:10
November 30, 2022
Why I love having an Only Child
Why I love having an Only Child
This is perhaps one of my most vulnerable, but favorite, episodes I've recorded... consider it a case for the only child, because I love being "one and done!" In this episode I'll share: My journey on decided to only have one child Where the only child stereotypes came from Cons to an only child The many Pros to an only child Reality checks Questions from my audience There's a LOT to unpack here! Thanks for tuning in :) Don't forget to leave a review if you enjoyed this epsiode!
53:44
November 21, 2022
32. Gift Guides - All Under $100
32. Gift Guides - All Under $100
I chat through gift guides for 2022! All of my guides are under $100 (no clothes) and a variety of gifts could serve so many purposes :) Links to the blog posts with links to the exact items: FOR HER: https://www.katemarkovitz.com/post/gift-guide-for-her-all-under-100 FOR HIM: https://www.katemarkovitz.com/post/gift-guide-for-him-all-under-100 FOR KIDS: https://www.katemarkovitz.com/post/gift-guide-for-kids-gender-neutral-all-under-100 FOR PARENTS WITH KIDS IN THE HOUSE: https://www.katemarkovitz.com/post/gift-guide-for-parents-with-kids-in-the-house FOR BUSINESS OWNERS: https://www.katemarkovitz.com/post/gift-guide-for-business-owners-under-100 FOR STOCKING STUFFERS: https://www.katemarkovitz.com/post/gift-guide-for-her-stocking-stuffers-under-75 Bonus: Here's the link to the gift guide for the 5 love languages!
51:25
November 14, 2022
31. Be a Better Gift Giver
31. Be a Better Gift Giver
Enjoy 5 tips on being a better gift giver this holiday season: :) 1. Pay attention & keep note. 2. Think about interests... but not too much! 3. Use Love Languages to your advantage (and very specific ideas for each!) --- Check out more here too! https://www.motherhoodgrace.com/post/be-a-better-gift-giver-gift-guide-by-love-languages 4. Gift Cards with a pizzaz. 5. Personalized matters more than price. Want to give a free gift this season? Leave a review or share this podcast with a friend! It helps spread the word more than anything else could. I appreciate you! xo
25:04
November 07, 2022
30. Gratitude (with Kids!)
30. Gratitude (with Kids!)
“Gratitude is not something children usually acquire automatically; it needs to be nurtured, in an age-appropriate way.” - Sarah Clark, MPH Why we need to develop gratitude Benefits of gratitude The Imagine Project 9 ways to start incorporating gratitude with your kids I'd love to hear how you incorporate gratitude. Email hello@motherhoodgrace.com and if you are enjoying the podcast, don't forget to leave a review! Motherhood Grace Shop at etsy.com/shop/motherhoodgrace
26:18
October 31, 2022
29. Traditions
29. Traditions
Encouragement and inspiration all around one of the most fun parts of being a mom (in my opinion!): creating traditions! Family traditions are rituals that provide a sense of identity and belonging. They tell the story of your unique family... which means there is NO wrong way to do them! Enjoy this listen where I share some of our traditions for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to inspire you and what you would like to do with your family. It's fun to listen to everyone's unique experiences, please share them with me at hello@motherhoodgrace.com. Sign up for The Grace Journal email at bit.ly/grace-journal If you are enjoying the podcast, don't forget to leave a review! :)
28:17
October 24, 2022
28. Listener Question: Mommying & Work (from home)
28. Listener Question: Mommying & Work (from home)
Sharing 2 listener questions related to mommying & working from home. Here about my experience with work from home and my 6 tips for making it a success!
31:13
October 17, 2022
27. Parenting Suggestions. Dignity.
27. Parenting Suggestions. Dignity.
Parenting can not only be challenging, but lonely. Starting with this episode, I'm going to infuse some parenting suggestions into episodes, starting with giving others dignity since this is releasing on Indigenous Peoples' Day in the US.
22:39
October 10, 2022
26. Let it Go (Fall + Full Moon)
26. Let it Go (Fall + Full Moon)
This episode is all about LETTING GO and releasing. Learn about the full moon coming up on October 9th and rituals around the full moon. Discussion about stagnation and why it is important to let things go so the body does not become "clogged." Assignment: On the full moon (or during that week), write down EVERYTHING you need to let go of. Then BURN IT! Physically release that energy onto the paper and then into the air. It not longer serves you and is now no longer bogging you down. Have a great week! Coming back next episode to chat about giving dignity to everyone.
18:38
October 03, 2022
25. Quality Time
25. Quality Time
A few weeks ago, I went on a girls trip and when I shared that, I got flooded with DMs similar to this one “I'm having my first solo trip (really first solo time period) and I'm not excited about it - but know I need it!” So this episode tackles WHY so many of us feel this way, what matters most, and I share who you need to have quality time with. This is a really important topic, mama. Please take 25 minutes to listen!
24:24
September 26, 2022
24. Cycle Syncing Introduction
24. Cycle Syncing Introduction
Happy Fall !! - Learn the basics of cycle syncing - How it relates to the moon and the seasons - Suggestions for what to expect, how to eat and workout during the different phases. Women are so cool!
28:11
September 23, 2022
23. Space to Process Toxic Mom Series + Motherhood Grace Entry
23. Space to Process Toxic Mom Series + Motherhood Grace Entry
I RECLAIM MY POWER ON MY OWN MOTHERING JOURNEY. We just finished up the Toxic Mom Series (Episodes 20, 21, 22) so instead of diving into a new episode today, I want to give you a moment to pause and think about that content again. Have you done anything differently? What CAN you do differently? In this episode, I also give an introduction to my latest book that released earlier in 2022, the Motherhood Grace Guide. 52 inspirational messages with journal prompts Split into 4 seasons (13 entries per season - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) Topics include self-care, nutrition/nourishment, self-awareness, mental health, communication, parenting, cycle syncing, and much more! Expressive writing and adult coloring opportunities (optional) Real-life experiences from moms in my audience of all types! Not faith/religious based FAQs - Who is this guide for? Who is the guide NOT for? Are there any discounts? I then read passage from "Summer 15" which is one of the entries that relates to the toxic mom series in the guide. You can find more about the guide and purchase it at motherhoodgrace.store.
23:53
September 19, 2022
21. In Defense Of: Responding to 3 Common Justifications of Toxic Mommy Culture
21. In Defense Of: Responding to 3 Common Justifications of Toxic Mommy Culture
A life update :) Don't forget to listen to episode 20 before tuning in to this episode (or check out this blog post) Note about distinction between Perfect Mommy Culture and Martyr Mom Culture which I amended since I recorded ep. 20 Part 2 of 3 - Responding to Common Justifications of Toxic Mom Cultures Lighten up, it's just a joke! Moms need to vent. Stop judging. Tune in to hear how I respond to these justifications! Full Blog Post: https://www.motherhoodgrace.com/post/in-defense-of-responding-to-3-common-justifications-of-toxic-mommy-cultures-part-2-of-3
35:31
September 05, 2022
22. How I Pulled Myself Out of Toxic Mom Culture (+ Action Steps so You Can Too!)
22. How I Pulled Myself Out of Toxic Mom Culture (+ Action Steps so You Can Too!)
Sharing 3 Steps I Took for my Awakening + 5 Action Items Full blog post: https://www.motherhoodgrace.com/post/how-i-pulled-myself-out-of-toxic-mom-culture-action-steps-so-you-can-too-part-3-of-3 How I Broke Out of the Cycle Exposure + Awakening Gain Knowledge Take Ownership Action Steps Quiet the Noise Redefine Your Identity Answer "What Do I Love?" Choose the Voices Decide How YOU Feel
41:31
September 05, 2022
20. I'm back + Toxic Mommy Cultures
20. I'm back + Toxic Mommy Cultures
I AM NOT A VICTIM OF MOTHERHOOD. Hello! I'm so excited to be back, I cannot believe it's been a year since I released an episode, but with good reason! - Catch up on what I worked on the last year - Introduction to Toxic Mommy Cultures (Part 1 of 3 series) - Define toxic - Many subcultures, but linking thread: I am a victim of motherhood. - Different examples of Toxic Mommy Cultures Full blog post: https://www.motherhoodgrace.com/post/toxic-mommy-cultures-part-1 Coming next: Part 2! In defense of: responding to 3 justifications of toxic mommy cultures
24:55
August 29, 2022
19. Validation
19. Validation
I FEEL SAFE WHEN I AM SEEN AND HEARD. Learn what validation AND emotional invalidation is, what invalidation sounds and looks like and some key phrases for validation, aka what to say instead! This is a great episode for tangible takeaways to implement immediately. KEY TAKEAWAYS: You can feel more than one emotion at once, potentially even one negative and one positive… and that is normal. Everyone feels better when they feel seen and heard. Do not judge or interpret what you think is going on for those around you. Just repeat back what you know to be true for them, or your presence… and see what happens.
27:05
September 20, 2021
18. Breathing + Affirmations I
18. Breathing + Affirmations I
Join me for a special episode of a breathing technique to get you into a parasympathetic, or rest and peaceful mode. Come back to this episode when you need a moment of space to feel worthy and loved and calm. Breathing Technique in this episode: Through the nose only... In for 3 Hold for 3 Out for 6 Hold for 3 Affirmations: I am safe I am ok I am alive I am loved I have value I am needed I am worthy I am enough
07:14
September 13, 2021
17. Intro to a Good Mother + I'm certified!
17. Intro to a Good Mother + I'm certified!
I PAUSE TO HEAR MY INNER VOICE. It has been an interesting week! Sick kiddo, weird "not enough" feelings, Netflix binge-watches... but something good came out of it: I'm a certified Motherhood Studies Practitioner! It is official. I share 3 big takeaways I had from the Motherhood Studies course and share the topic of an upcoming Motherhood workshop :) Dive into an introduction to the good mother... is she natural & intuitive or culturally constructed? This is a discussion I want to have! I present my thoughts and a bit of my case, but this topic definitely deserves it's own episode.
21:59
September 06, 2021
16. What YOU Said: Changing Your Mind + My New Handle
16. What YOU Said: Changing Your Mind + My New Handle
I HAVE PERMISSION TO EVOLVE. Today's episode starts with a community chat aka "what you said" about episode 14 and changing your mind.  Book Referenced: "Think Again" by Adam Grant Then I share my thought process around my new IG handle: @motherhoodgrace. Hope you will follow along there. It's also a great way to participate in community chats. You can also join my daily affirmation thread by texting "podcast" to 412-775-3511. If you are enjoying the show, don't forget to leave a review. It is so helpful to others when they are trying to decide if they should listen to a new podcast. Find Motherhood Grace Products on ETSY. PODCAST10 gets you 10% off your order!
24:45
August 30, 2021
15. Three Products I'm Loving
15. Three Products I'm Loving
3 Products I'm Loving Lately 1. Beautycounter's Think BIG Mascara - Obsessed with this new clean mascara - lift, length & volume! Forward me your receipt hello@motherhoodgrace.com for a fun thank you gift! 2. Frank Body's Coffee Scrub - I've noticed a decrease in the little bumps on backs of my legs and diminished stretch marks on my hips. Use code "HPUS10NGOUFHZKJAPY" for 10% off your order. 3. Vanity Planet Aira Steamer - Wait for a sale, I snagged this at 50% off and I've been loving it. Overall, my skin is softer and hydrated, and I haven't had a breakout since I've been using it consistently! BONUS: Liver support! It's been helping my skin/breakouts (along with the steamer!)
15:47
August 23, 2021
14. It's OK to change your mind
14. It's OK to change your mind
IT IS OK FOR ME TO CHANGE MY MIND. Especially in today's world, it is OK to change your mind! Let's have a little discussion about changing your mind and why it happens, why we think it may be "bad," and look at it through the lens of motherhood.
16:51
August 16, 2021
13. Coping + Finding Calm
13. Coping + Finding Calm
I AM CALM. I had a comment on IG from a follower saying they were struggling to relax and destress their brain… as I’m sure so many of us are struggling with! Here is a round-up of my 5 tips for coping and finding calm. Resources: Phone Peace Guide - Episode 4 of the Motherhood Grace Podcast Postpartum Grace Guide
21:10
August 09, 2021
12. Finding Alignment + What I Regret from Early Motherhood
12. Finding Alignment + What I Regret from Early Motherhood
I LIVE IN ALIGNMENT. Sharing an experience that I had a yoga recently (be ready for the woo!) + what I look back on and regret from early motherhood. Not that I like to "live with regrets," it is something that I really wish I would have considered as I was going through the newborn and early infancy phase. Enjoy! Episode references with Dr. Chloe Bañales 
17:41
August 02, 2021
11. Dear Body [An apology letter]
11. Dear Body [An apology letter]
In today's episode, I'm reading a journal entry I wrote to my body at the beginning of summer 2021. It ended up being an apology letter of sorts after a decade+ of orthorexia and hating my physical body. I hope this inspires you to write one to your body as well!
11:14
July 16, 2021
10. What YOU Said: Values + Favorite Motherhood Podcasts
10. What YOU Said: Values + Favorite Motherhood Podcasts
I HAVE SUPPORT ALL AROUND ME. In this episode: * What YOU said: Values * Favorite Mom Podcasts: Good Inside - very practical parenting advice and support The Purpose Show - motherhood / life support, not just moms Happy as a Mother - motherhood support Unruffled - parenting Modern Mamas - connect with real moms The Lazy Genius - lots of practical tips for anyone,but she does speak a lot to moms and little tips and tricks to make life easier Simple Families - Short and sweet episodes Upbringing - just audio from their Lives they do on IG, but occasionally I can find some topics in there that are great to listen too Get on my daily affirmation text thread - just open messaging app and text "hi" to 412-775-3511. I'd love for you to leave a review of the show, it's the greatest support!
24:14
June 28, 2021
9: Motherhood Studies + An Update
9: Motherhood Studies + An Update
I RECLAIM MOTHERHOOD. - A little life update! - "By a mom, For a mom" tagline - Motherhood Studies: what is it, why I signed up - Panopticon model + motherhood - From Douglas & Michaels: "With intensive mothering, everyone watches us, we watch ourselves, and we watch ourselves watching others. Motherhood has become a psychological police state." Something to consider this week! If you've been enjoying the shower, don't forget to leave a review! It's greatly appreciated.
30:51
June 21, 2021
8. What are your values?
8. What are your values?
I LIVE AND PARENT BY MY VALUES. Have you ever said "I pick my battles"?...  But have you ever considered that we all wouldn't pick the same battles!? Especially while parenting. According parenting experts and research, "good parents" are those that are clear and consistent in their values. So what are yours? In this episode, I talk a little bit about values, the truth about my research and realizations getting ready for this episode, and core value examples. Plus, I'll walk through my 4 core parenting values and explain why I have them. Discover your values via this awesome resource "The Core Values Workbook" from Academy for Coaching Parents International.
27:29
June 14, 2021
7. Postpartum Support Plan (with PDF!)
7. Postpartum Support Plan (with PDF!)
I AM PREPARED AND READY FOR POSTPARTUM. Walk through my Postpartum Support Plan - a curated list for the soon-to-be parenthood journey. Grab your free download at motherhoodgrace.com/supportplan
31:15
June 07, 2021
6. My story of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (PPD/PPA)
6. My story of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (PPD/PPA)
I AM DOING THE BEST I CAN EVERY DAY. Struggles of Depression/Anxiety in Pregnancy Nursing Challenges Colic, Reflux, Weight Gain Issues How I worked through my depression & anxiety Mama, You are NOT alone. Full show notes at motherhoodgrace.com/blog
32:52
May 31, 2021
5. Five Favorite Parenting Books
5. Five Favorite Parenting Books
I AM A GREAT PARENT. Anything by Janet Lansbury The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary Whole Brain Child by Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies View the books on Amazon If you have a book to add to my list, email me at hello@motherhoodgrace.com. I'm always reading! Don't forget to leave a review if you are enjoying the show!
21:46
May 24, 2021
BONUS: Quick tips for Mental Health
BONUS: Quick tips for Mental Health
I TAKE CARE OF MY MENTAL HEALTH EVERY DAY. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We ALL have mental health... and if we are proactive about it, we can keep that health strong and vibrant, just like our physical health, spiritual health, etc. We all ebb and flow through seasons of highs and lows, and taking time to improve and strengthen our mental health is so critical. 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness 19% are anxiety disorders Please know: You are NOT alone. Tune in for a quick list of ways to improve your mental health! Disclaimer: This is not an information for diagnosis or treatment of mental illness. Please always check with a trusted provider before implementing any changes.
13:57
May 20, 2021
4. Phone Peace: Step-by-Step Guide to Digital Freedom
4. Phone Peace: Step-by-Step Guide to Digital Freedom
I AM IN CONTROL OF MY DEVICE. Grab the Phone Peace Guide at motherhoodgrace.com/phonepeace. Step 1: Audit Step 2: Mission Step 3: Notifications Step 4: App Limits Step 5: Boundaries
24:03
May 17, 2021
3. What YOU Said: Media Messages
3. What YOU Said: Media Messages
I HAVE THE POWER TO REWRITE MY TRUTH. In episode 2, I chatted about the media dogma I've heard in my life... and I asked to hear from you! Today's episode is a follow-up discussion about the messages YOU have heard, and the portrayal of women in media (specifically magazines). Join my daily affirmation text thread by texting PODCAST to 412-775-3511. Full show notes available on motherhoodgrace.com.
18:59
May 10, 2021
BONUS: "Motherhood" Poem for Mother's Day!
BONUS: "Motherhood" Poem for Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day, mama! I hope you are enjoying a day to celebrate you. Enjoy this poem from Lily Joseph titled "Motherhood."
03:51
May 09, 2021
2. What stories are you telling yourself? Media messages & dogma
2. What stories are you telling yourself? Media messages & dogma
I AM WORTHY AND ENOUGH EXACTLY AS I AM TODAY. * Context around conversation * Social conditioning around stories we tell ourselves * Spirited daughters, where do they go? * List of "women shoulds" * LET THEM GO! * Email hello@motherhoodgrace.com or find me on Instagram to tell me some of these limiting beliefs in your life. If you enjoy affirmations, text PODCAST to 412-775-3511 to receive a daily affirmation from me! Today's sponsor: a BOLD and EMPOWERED clean beauty brand - Beautycounter. Visit katesbeautycounter.com Full show notes on motherhoodgrace.com
11:54
May 03, 2021
Motherhood Grace: The Podcast with Kate Markovitz
Motherhood Grace: The Podcast with Kate Markovitz
Mommy, the martyr. The new depiction of motherhood that is damaging and disempowering women. You've seen the memes - "surviving on coffee and wine" or "hot mess mom club." The badge of motherhood has become how much you give, and give, and give of yourself to everyone else... Enough! It has to stop. THIS is Motherhood Grace, a podcast and company dedicated to helping moms reclaim motherhood and themselves. Discover new tools, resources, and a mom community that is validating, supportive, and uplifting. Mama, you've totally got this!
00:51
April 13, 2021
1. Nice to meet you! Intro + Why a Podcast
1. Nice to meet you! Intro + Why a Podcast
Hi there, I'm Kate Markovitz and I'm thrilled you are tuning into this podcast. Who am I? Why a Motherhood Grace Podcast? What to expect: thought-provoking question + community follow-up episodes, action taking resources, special round-ups every 5th episode I'm super excited to connect in this way. Email me anytime at hello@motherhoodgrace.com or check out motherhoodgrace.com for more info
09:02
March 26, 2021