Mariah Sage on Having fun with Parenting and Releasing Mother Guilt By way of Easy Shifts


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Katie: Howdy, and welcome to “The Wellness Mama Podcast.” I’m Katie from and That’s wellness with an E on the tip. And this episode is all about parenting, and learn how to launch mother guilt and revel in parenting extra by some easy shifts that make your entire household happier. I’m right here with Mariah Sage, who does precisely this. She helps dad and mom increase empowered youngsters, enhance their household dynamics, and really benefit from the parenting course of whereas releasing issues like mother guilt and societal expectations which are comparatively new to our technology. She makes use of a piece of a mixture of instinct, methods, and clear relevant abilities to create some actually tangible shifts right here, and we speak about quite a lot of these immediately. She has a background in psychology, and practically a decade working within the childcare business. And now her focus and keenness in life is to assist households stay and work with extra concord.


On this episode, we undergo issues like why immediately’s mothers really feel elevated strain and mother guilt in comparison with different generations? How we will do all of it, however not suddenly and what to do as a substitute? The rationale why of mothers can really feel like they’re dropping themselves in motherhood and learn how to transfer previous that? Why what we mannequin issues greater than what we are saying and learn how to use this to assist our household have a calmer life? Why youngsters want certainty and methods, and why leaning into this will relieve quite a lot of that mother stress? In addition to some sensible steps to begin implementing methods that make household life simpler. And I’ll have hyperlinks within the present notes at to extra assets on this matter, in addition to to Mariah’s work if you wish to proceed studying from her. However with out additional ado, let’s be part of Mariah Sage. Mariah, welcome. Thanks a lot for being right here.


Mariah: Thanks. I’m excited.


Katie: Me too. And we’re gonna speak about what I feel are some actually, actually vital subjects for mothers immediately. However earlier than we leap into that, I’ve a word in my present notes that you simply had been homeschooled till tenth grade and you bought to develop up touring quite a bit with your loved ones. And I’d love to listen to just a little bit about that, and perhaps additionally in all probability how that knowledgeable perhaps your method to maturity and parenting. And I’m certain there was stream over into quite a lot of points of life.


Mariah: Yeah, completely. So I grew up in an enormous household, and I used to be homeschooled till tenth grade. And my mother has really been within the teaching business for the reason that ’80s. So I wish to say that I grew up behind a seminar room. So my dad and mom held workshops everywhere in the world, and my siblings and I received to develop up, touring with them and being part of their work, which had an enormous affect on what I do immediately.


Katie: Wow. That sounds wonderful. And talking of the work that you simply do immediately, I feel there’s gonna be so many vital factors we’re gonna get into immediately. To start out broad, I feel it’s not a secret primarily based on social media interactions and memes, mothers immediately appear to be largely overwhelmed. And there appears to be much more strain on our technology of mothers than there was in earlier generations. I do know earlier than she died, simply conversations I had with my grandmother, as an illustration, like, she was blown away at a number of the issues that our technology internalizes, and focuses on, and hyper-focuses on on the subject of motherhood. And I bear in mind her telling me, like, it really isn’t alleged to be this tough. Like, take a deep breath. And you’ve got so many nice factors associated to this and so many tangible methods for individuals. However I feel to begin broad, let’s speak about what does it imply to have this extra relaxed and eased method to parenting? As a result of I feel it has turn out to be this large, tense factor that perhaps it doesn’t must be, and also you clarify this so effectively.


Mariah: Yeah, positively. I really like that story of it being sort of one thing that’s…it’s new, actually, proper, that older generations had a greater understanding for the best way we might method parenting, and that it may possibly simply be this, like, pure a part of our lives as a substitute of getting to be the one a part of our lives or the factor that takes over our identification or that…you recognize, I feel the messaging we get is whenever you’re a mother that in the event you’re not exhausted, and in the event you’re not overwhelmed, and in the event you’re not sort of self-sacrificing, then you definately’re doing one thing incorrect, proper? However really that, you recognize, there’s a reality that, you recognize, parenting is all the time gonna be laborious, proper? I imply, youngsters are tough. They are going to problem you. And there’s all the time going to be tough components of getting youngsters.


However in the end, it doesn’t must be as laborious as we make it, proper? There could be a sense of ease. And having an easeful method to parenting to me implies that when these challenges come up, that you understand how to reply, that you’ve got a plan. That you simply’re in a position to keep in your middle, even when there’s chaos round you or when one in every of your youngsters goes by a tough part or when any of the, you recognize, pure challenges of parenting come round, that now we have methods and now we have approaches that enable us to know learn how to cope with them with out getting utterly thrown off our middle.


Katie: Yeah, I feel that’s actually vital. And I don’t bear in mind the precise phrases of it however I noticed a meme one time that encompassed a lot of it. And it was mainly, like, I’ll simply be over right here making an attempt to maintain my youngsters, like, bodily fed and emotionally secure with out helicoptering, whereas, you recognize, being like holding the home clear, however not too clear. As a result of life like, it was like this entire listing of contrasting expectations that mothers typically really feel in immediately’s tradition. And I do assume there’s a component of that that’s perpetuated by social media as a result of we solely usually put the nice components of our lives on social media. And in earlier generations, we weren’t uncovered to each different mom on the planet, you recognize, on a regular basis, identical to we weren’t uncovered to information from everywhere in the world, on a regular basis. And there are psychological approaches to that. However I feel it additionally touches on this concept of mother guilt. And I might love so that you can sort of delve into this, perhaps clarify the place that is coming from, why we’re seeing this a lot extra in our technology than now we have in earlier generations.


Mariah: Yeah, actually, I feel a lot of it, such as you mentioned, is that this social media tradition, proper? It’s like this factor that being a mother has to look a sure manner. And so an enormous a part of what I train dad and mom is that, you recognize, being an awesome guardian is basically about drowning out the noise, and it may possibly really feel ironic to say that as a kind of parenting professional, proper? However in the end, I inform individuals, you recognize, let go of the specialists, drop the recommendation, and get again to, what’s your method to parenting? What are your loved ones values, and the way do you sort of silence all of that and get again to who you might be and what’s vital to you as a household?


As a result of in any other case, the strain, it’s not possible, proper? There may be this strain like, you recognize, it’s essential have an awesome profession, it’s essential be the right mother, it’s essential look Instagram prepared each single day. And that’s simply not life like for everyone, proper? And you are able to do all of these issues, however you may’t do them suddenly. And, you recognize, you may’t attempt to be the surface model of what motherhood has been made out to be. And so, you recognize, mothers are being taught that they need to really feel responsible. They’re being taught that in the event that they’re not good, then, you recognize, that they’re doing a foul job. It’s actually laborious to beat this cultural messaging and know that we’re allowed to be pleased, and we’re allowed to have enjoyable, and we’re allowed to look after ourselves. And what we’re being instructed is that dropping your self in motherhood is regular. And that doesn’t must be the case, proper? Really, the reality is that we will be the mothers that we wanna be and we will nonetheless have the lives we wanna have, and we will nonetheless be the individuals we wanna be. However that’s not what society is telling us.


Katie: Yeah. So two belongings you simply mentioned, I feel one being, we will do all of it however not suddenly is such an vital level. And likewise that there’s this moms seeming to get misplaced in motherhood, which didn’t appear to be the case in earlier generations practically as a lot, both. And objectively, there is also extra I feel on quite a lot of our plates than there was once simply because there’s much more in a fast-paced world and we’re managing extra. And I do know once I was a child, my dad and mom weren’t having to determine learn how to assist me navigate social media, and there simply wasn’t as many components to navigate. However I additionally assume you’re proper, that there’s these societal perceptions that we internalize.


And I’d love to speak just a little bit extra about that, how will we not lose ourselves in motherhood and why is it so vital? As a result of I feel there’s been just a little little bit of mis-messaging round this concept of self-care that really perhaps perpetuates extra mother guilt, as a result of then it’s really intensifying the strain that, oh, if we simply added that to our to-do listing and did that proper, then we’d have sufficient power to do all the pieces else good. When, in the event you return to the core of it, and sort of return to first rules, probably the most highly effective factor we will do for our youngsters is what we mannequin, not what we are saying, and the way many people meet, included, for certain, totally different occasions are modeling an unhealthy manner of navigating that. So I’d love to only sort of go deeper on that idea.


Mariah: Undoubtedly. Yeah, I really feel like that’s one thing that, you recognize, I all the time say my mother fashions so effectively for me is that, you recognize, she was, in fact, a tremendous, devoted mother who made tons of sacrifices for us, however she additionally actually modeled for us that caring for your self and dwelling the life you wanna stay, is a part of being an excellent guardian. Proper?


I imply, it truly is… It’s simple to lose your self in motherhood due to all of the strain. However in the end, the best way you reside your life is the best way your youngsters are going to stay their lives. And once I look again on my childhood, the occasions once I was the happiest had been the occasions when my mother was the happiest. I all the time keep in mind that to be true. And I feel that’s so vital for mothers to recollect is that, you recognize, your youngsters are so attuned to you. They’re so delicate to you. And it’s so refined, however they choose up on all the pieces. So it’s not simply the exterior belongings you do. It’s like the best way you are feeling and the best way you be in your life is what your youngsters are going to select up on, and the best way they’re going to stay their lives, and the best way they’re going to answer the life round them. And so, the factor of self-care, I completely agree, it’s like there’s this messaging on the market, like, oh, self-care, have a glass of wine, take a shower, do all this stuff. Proper? However is that really instructing us to actually handle ourselves and is it really giving mothers a sensible option to handle themselves of their lives with their youngsters? Proper?


As a result of I feel you inform quite a lot of mothers, you recognize, double down on self-care. And the query is, like, how do I do this? You realize, like, virtually, what does that appear like as a mother? And in order that’s the place I imagine household methods actually are available in and having good rhythms and having good boundaries, and having methods arrange in order that when breakdowns occur together with your youngsters, you understand how to reply and it doesn’t must turn out to be this factor that builds up over time and continues to be a difficulty, proper? Or, you recognize, whenever you’re wired and also you want a break as a mother, how do you really get that together with your youngsters? You realize, what does that appear like virtually as a mom? And in order that’s the place having methods and having, you recognize, ways in which you clearly deal with issues in your loved ones is sort of the important thing to having the ability to end up once more as a mom, or to not lose your self within the first place.


Katie: Yeah, I feel that’s so key And I’ve observed that in my very own life, as I figured it out slowly, I feel I used to be a gradual learner on this however that usually the mother fatigue and that overwhelm, it doesn’t really come from all of the stuff now we have to do, though there will be a component of that. However it comes from issues like query fatigue, when youngsters don’t have certainty about these methods and what’s occurring, and they also have to repeatedly ask us, and we’re the bottleneck of the questions. But additionally on that modeling piece, I had a fairly harsh realization personally on this not too long ago the place I observed my older daughter who was… She was the rationale I sort of began to truly face my trauma and unpack quite a lot of issues was seeing her see me within the mirror, myself, and registering in her face that I used to be myself with this, like, very self-critical eye, and that’s in all probability the primary time she had ever thought to take a look at her personal physique in a self-critical manner. So it led to this lovely journey of therapeutic that trauma and therapeutic my physique.


However then, the previous few months, I had observed she was identical to, centered on being small and tiny and, like, needed to have, like, tiny footwear and never like develop. And I couldn’t determine why. After which it was that harsh realization of, oh, it’s as a result of I’ve been centered on being small these final couple years. And I’ve by no means verbalized that, however she picked up on the power. And it was an excellent reminder, like, oh, now I must mannequin being sturdy and nourishing my physique and the languaging that goes together with that. I feel the modeling is tremendous, tremendous vital.


However I’m actually additionally glad that you simply introduced up the methods points. And I’d love to speak just a little bit about perhaps some tangible ways in which dad and mom can begin bringing extra of those methods and bringing extra ease into parenting. As a result of like I mentioned, I noticed in my very own life, it’s not the getting it carried out essentially, there’s a time and a spot after we’ve simply added an excessive amount of to the calendar however typically, it’s the uncertainty or the managing all of it in our head, after which the youngsters having to rely on us for solutions as a result of there aren’t clear methods. A minimum of for me, that was an enormous reason behind stress. So I’d love to listen to from you. I do know you do quite a lot of work on this space with, what are some tangible methods we will begin bringing that ease again in?


Mariah: Yeah, positively. Yeah, it’s humorous, as a result of I feel that, you recognize, household methods are so vital. And to me, they’re sort of the floor degree in household, proper? So that they maintain the container for all the opposite components of our household. So that they maintain the container for the relationships, and the connections, and the entire sort of issues that make up actually being a household. And so in an effort to arrange methods that basically work, what’s sort of humorous is that you must let go of the methods to start with. So quite a lot of the time, the start steps are counterintuitive, and it’s that you must first take a look at your loved ones and say, okay, have we gotten caught up in energy struggles? Are there breakdowns which are occurring every single day? Are there conflicts which are occurring time and again? And the way can we unwind and let go of a few of these issues and are available again to our connections, and {our relationships}, and our dynamics, and the issues that make us a household?


And so what that appears like to start with, quite a lot of the time, goes out of resistance to your youngsters utterly. So what occurs is that when there’s not methods and there’s not that predictability, such as you mentioned, that youngsters really want, then stress is available in, proper, and children turn out to be tougher, they usually begin asking one million questions every single day, they usually begin resisting the principles and limits as a result of they search for certainty. And so, after we can sort of let go and reconnect with them, then we open up house to implement and to insert new methods and new boundaries that work for our household.


As a result of in the event you attempt to begin from a spot of energy struggles and tough issues which have constructed up and mother is harassed, and overwhelmed, and drained, and children don’t know what to anticipate, and then you definately wanna are available in and say, “Okay, now these are all the brand new guidelines. And this has been your schedule. And, you recognize, that is the brand new system.” Then your youngsters are gonna resist you utterly, proper? They’re not going to have the ability to drift. And in order that’s all the time step one is let go just a little bit, you recognize, don’t ever let go of these bottom-line boundaries. However, you recognize, select your battles, in the end. Select your battles and sort of let go of the necessity to management all the pieces and know that the construction can come from that sort of letting go.


Katie: Yeah, that’s an awesome level. After which from there, what does it imply…? I feel perhaps, like, the concept of household methods may be a considerably new idea, to some individuals listening. And I talked about this just a little bit within the context of my very own realization, which was in enterprise, I had all these methods for all the pieces. And once I hit my level of just about full burnout, I felt all this stress, and I considered letting all of the enterprise stuff go, as a result of I used to be like, “I can’t preserve all these plates within the air,” however realized the stresses isn’t really coming from the enterprise. It’s coming from house. So why is that?


And realizing, oh, it’s as a result of in enterprise, I’ve clearly outlined methods and I do know the place issues are going. And oh, yeah, I let individuals really be concerned on the staff and have autonomy of their roles. And we’ve constructed a tradition round that. And what if I utilized these identical concepts at house? However I feel, like, even understanding the broad idea of that, it may be laborious generally to materialize in your head what good household methods appear like. So I might love so that you can discuss to us just a little about, like, what are some beginning factors for good household methods that we will put in place? I absolutely agree together with your level about it must be carried out, like, with good management and aligning motivations versus exterior power, which is, in fact, we wish our youngsters to be internally motivated, not mother forcing them within the long-term. And I do know, anyone who’s had a two-year-old is aware of firsthand as a mother, you may’t power a toddler to do something. So what are a number of the stepping stones into creating these good household methods?


Mariah: Yeah, so I feel you’re so proper that household methods can really feel international as a result of we’re not taught to in the end run our households like a enterprise. However that’s, you recognize, what you mentioned about household tradition, or what you mentioned about enterprise tradition is true for household tradition too, proper. So your youngsters want to have the ability to really feel autonomy. They want to have the ability to be concerned within the guidelines. And so they want to have the ability to really feel like part of issues and part of the staff. And so, beginning out, what I all the time inform individuals is search for the one a part of your day that’s probably the most difficult. When you simply wanna begin with one system, search for the one a part of the day the place you’re having the most important breakdowns over and time and again, and select a predictable manner of coping with it. So, you recognize, the factor about my method is that I don’t train individuals a particular parenting model, as a result of I don’t imagine that there’s one proper option to increase youngsters, proper? All of us have our personal model. And one of the best ways to guardian is the best way that displays you, and who you might be, and your values. And so, as a substitute of on the lookout for some exterior system that’s going to be the proper option to do your morning routine or the proper option to deal with bedtime, it’s like look into your loved ones, and see what must occur, and preserve it actually easy.


So for some individuals, bedtime routine is identical 4 issues occur in the identical order each night time. And that’s all it’s, proper? After which simply give attention to that, and do this over and time and again. And consistency is so key with any sort of system, as a result of a lot of the time, you recognize, it’s in all probability one of many greatest breakdowns I see that oldsters cope with is they arrive to me they usually say, you recognize, “We tried all the pieces, proper? We tried this and tried that. We tried that.” And I say, “Okay, effectively, how lengthy did you strive it for?” And persons are like, “Oh, effectively, we did that for 3 days. After which it didn’t work. After which we did this for 3 days and it didn’t work.” And so the factor about methods is that they actually require consistency, particularly for youngsters. And so, you recognize, in the event you select a system you’re going to implement, do it for a month earlier than you determine if it really works or not as a result of it doesn’t matter what the system is or what the method is as a lot because it issues that you’re in keeping with it. After which over time, your youngsters will modify, and your loved ones will discover your rhythm and your stream.


Katie: That’s an awesome level. And I feel, at the least for me, I can say I used to be getting in my very own manner with methods at totally different occasions, due to a few of these components like mother guilt and a few of these cultural beliefs about parenting, the place I needed to unpack myself and understand I used to be feeling responsible or dangerous about having my youngsters really do issues round the home. And, like, oh, effectively, the place is that coming from? As a result of logically, it’s really nice for everyone if they’re concerned round the home, and if they’ll really feel possession of one thing. And I received to unpack components of my control-freak nature or components of this concept that I wanted to do all the pieces for them.


And that really led to a shift that I’ve talked about earlier than, which is now one in every of my core parenting beliefs, which is that I don’t do something for them that they’re able to doing themselves. And that may be a constant factor. And they also know that. And so once they at age 4 or 5 are able to studying to do their very own laundry, they do. After which now this can be a factor they take possession for. And it’s lovely as a result of there’s pure penalties built-in, identical to there are for us as adults the place if I don’t do my laundry, I don’t have garments to put on. And so they be taught that lesson. And so they get to connect that pure motivation, pure consequence, versus me being this exterior mediator of you will need to do that factor as a result of I mentioned so. It’s like instructing the pure lesson. And likewise, I feel the opposite a part of that’s them attending to really feel like they really are contributing to the household as a result of they’re, and like making a household tradition that encompasses all of that. Let’s discuss just a little bit extra about that, on that word, of sort of the cultural beliefs about parenting that appear to have shifted within the final couple generations particularly.


Mariah: Yeah. Yeah, there are such a lot of beliefs that we’re fed lately. And once more, I feel a lot of it goes again to this social media tradition that we stay in, proper, and the best way that we’re all absorbing memes and content material all day lengthy that tells us this stuff that must be true. And quite a lot of it’s humor-based, however then we internalize that also. Proper. And one of many huge ones, in fact, is this concept that you must be overwhelmed to be an excellent guardian, proper? That in the event you’re not wired, that you simply’re simply not doing an excellent job. And it takes quite a bit I feel to go in opposition to that and your self. You realize, I feel it takes quite a bit to say, no, you recognize what? For lots of us, like we’ve waited years to turn out to be dad and mom, and elevating youngsters is one thing we’re enthusiastic about. After which right here we’re, you recognize, getting caught on this perception that it must be so tough or it must be so unfavorable.


And it’s so humorous, I simply had a child. And after we’re out and about with the child, you recognize, I’ve individuals coming as much as us always saying, “Oh, take pleasure in it. Get pleasure from it whereas it lasts. You realize, it goes by too rapidly. And you recognize, they’ll develop up earlier than you recognize it.” And it’s so humorous as a result of I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on simply how a lot we get that remark after we’re out. And I feel a lot of that’s that, you recognize, it goes by in a blink of an eye fixed, and quite a lot of the time we don’t even get to take pleasure in it as a lot as we need to as a result of we’re so caught up on this cultural perception that’s been fed to us that it must be so tough. And so it’s sort of like reclaiming your want for what you need parenting to appear like. You realize, what would you like your life as a guardian to be, and what would you like your expertise of parenting to appear like, and how are you going to design that for your loved ones? As a result of there’s so lots of this stuff that in the event you allow them to are available in, they’ll actually take over your loved ones, proper?


There’s, like, having youngsters will break your relationship. That’s one other huge one which we hear, proper? Like, oh, after you have youngsters, your relationship together with your companion simply isn’t gonna be the identical. You’ll by no means have time for one another. However does that must be true? Proper? Aren’t there individuals on the market who’ve unbelievable relationships and unbelievable connections, and who’re elevating huge households? Or, you recognize, once more, changing into a mom means dropping your identification. And might we cease lengthy sufficient to query these issues and say, “Okay, is that this true for me or do I wanna let this be true for me?”


Katie: Yeah, I feel that is a useful tip in each side of life, really, that anytime we really feel a robust emotion, and I personally say it, particularly if it’s an emotion that’s hooked up to, like, guilt, like mother guilt, or worry, or disgrace, it’s an awesome alternative to be taught a lesson as a result of often, that’s not really essentially an objectively true assertion. It’s there’s one thing hooked up within us. And it’s an exquisite probability to discover. And so they’re individuals, like Byron Katie, who speak about that, like, to your level asking, “Is that this true? Nicely, what else might be true?” And beginning to unpack it. And that’s a gorgeous factor to mannequin for our children as effectively.


It looks like one other societal expectation that at the least I solely have clearly skilled on this technology, nevertheless it appears new to our technology is this concept that we’re alleged to entertain our children on a regular basis. I don’t assume my grandmother felt any guilt about the concept she was alleged to be, like, her youngsters’s leisure and trainer, and, you recognize, puppet grasp, and no matter, all this stuff to maintain them from ever being bored. And I’d love to listen to your tackle this. I really feel like that’s a fairly pervasive cultural one proper now.


Mariah: Yeah, it truly is. You realize, it’s simply one thing I hear on a regular basis from dad and mom. I used to be simply telling a narrative the opposite day of a shopper that I labored with, the place we received on our first name and he or she was, like, nervous to inform me that her I feel 4 or 5-year-old daughter, performed by herself fortunately for, like, as much as two hours within the playroom. And she or he was like, “Am I a foul mother for letting my daughter play by herself for that lengthy? Like, do I should be entertaining her?” And I instructed her, “In fact not. You realize, youngsters are alleged to play. It’s what they’re alleged to do,” proper?


And for some motive, I genuinely don’t know the place this got here from however for some motive, now we have been taught to imagine, and I feel it in all probability ties into this factor of like us needing to be self-sacrificing to be good moms, proper? With that comes this factor of, like, it’s your job to entertain your youngsters 24/7, you recognize, ensure that there’s all the time a structured exercise, take them, drive them backwards and forwards to extracurriculars, you recognize. As quickly as they’re house, give them your full consideration. And so, I feel that what’s actually vital is, once more, that you simply arrange methods that you simply train your youngsters methods of having the ability to play and entertain themselves, but in addition that then when you find yourself with them, that you simply’re in a position to be extra current. And that’s the excellence that occurs whenever you cease making an attempt to entertain your youngsters on a regular basis is impulsively, you’ve got the bandwidth to be current with them, proper? As a result of in the event you’re always making an attempt to entertain them, how are you ever going to have the ability to give them your full presence when you’ve got a life to take care of?


Katie: Yeah, I feel that’s an awesome level. And I feel one other half for me of releasing that was the concept not solely am I not being a foul mother if I allow them to entertain themselves. This really is a crucial psychological step for them. And for some motive, in our tradition, perhaps due to simply fixed stimulation from all buddies, we’ve gotten this concept that boredom is dangerous. However boredom is definitely actually vital for youths as a result of that’s once they learn to, like, discover creativity from the within. And that’s really like a really useful talent for them. And as adults, nobody is entertaining us on a regular basis. And now we have Netflix, we will flip to I suppose always. However we’re really giving them a useful framework to have the ability to deal with a really real-life grownup talent, which I feel is one other vital level. As a result of I feel one factor that may be an antidote to a number of the cultural pressures, is I take a look at it as going again to first rules, and likewise having an extended method versus simply being caught within the day-to-day. And the concept of what are the tangible abilities I need to make it possible for my youngsters be taught whereas they’re in my care?


And for me, the reply was issues like creativity, and important pondering, and the flexibility to ask good questions, and to be taught quickly from info that’s out there. And so then how do I assist them domesticate these abilities versus, like, how do I ensure that they don’t expertise discomfort immediately? And that simply helped me have an extended method I feel there. I additionally assume that whenever you’re already a busy guardian and also you’re caught on this cycle, it may be laborious to even take that breath to step again. And, like I mentioned, there might be a degree of there may be an excessive amount of on the schedule. And there’s a time and a spot for decreasing the quantity that’s on the schedule. However extra typically, it looks like these are simply mindset and sensible shifts throughout the execution of household life. So what are some ways in which dad and mom can begin constructing in additional of that house, to have that ease and calm are available in?


Mariah: Yeah. Yeah, impartial play, I feel might be the most important talent right here. And it’s precisely what you mentioned about creativity, and independence, and tedium. I’m such an advocate of youngsters being bored. You realize, I feel for many of us, sort of in our technology that was simply constructed into our childhoods. You realize, and I feel, you recognize, you joke about Netflix, however a part of this type of concern with us having to entertain our children on a regular basis is expertise, proper? It’s the truth that they and now we have gotten used to having fixed passive leisure from our expertise, proper, having telephones, and having screens, and reveals, and all the pieces that we will simply activate. And we’ve misplaced the wonder and the facility of play. I actually imagine that. You realize, I feel that youngsters are designed to only sit in a room and determine from their very own creativeness with toys or with out, you recognize, worlds of their very own and whole, you recognize, scapes that they play in for hours and hours.


I imply, that’s what I did, as a toddler. I might sit in a room alone and simply play fake on my own for hours on finish. And people are good childhood recollections. You realize, that’s what I attempt to remind dad and mom is that, whenever you assume again in your childhood, are a few of your greatest recollections of play as a result of they’re for me, you recognize. And so, instructing that to youngsters in immediately’s tradition is a talent, proper? It’s not prefer it was once the place dad and mom simply mentioned, “Go exterior and play,” and we needed to determine it out. These youngsters have gotten used to being passively entertained on a regular basis. And so now we have to assist them construct that muscle for learn how to play once more. And so, that appears like constructing it up in increments. And going again to household methods, there’s a system that I train for this, you recognize, the place every day you’re employed just a little bit together with your youngsters, and also you allow them to play by themselves for a short while, and also you simply use quite a lot of acknowledgment, and you employ quite a lot of optimistic reinforcement. And also you make it enjoyable and straightforward however over time you allow them to construct in that house, and also you additionally give them the possibility to be bored.


And generally you must say like, “Okay, effectively, in the event you’re bored and, you recognize, there’s nothing to do, then you may simply sit,” and that’s okay, you recognize. And finally, I assure you in the event you preserve creating that house, however you don’t create an influence battle round it, proper? You don’t power it, however you simply preserve creating house for it and preserve creating the house for it, your youngsters will discover their play in that house. And that’s in all probability the primary manner that oldsters can begin to free themselves up is to show their youngsters to take pleasure in taking part in once more, and to have the ability to entertain themselves and have that sort of inventive stream.


Katie: Yeah, I don’t assume we will overstate, like, actually how a lot of a shifts that may be for mothers, I feel even simply that realization for me was so liberating and helped break a few of these societal expectations of not solely am I not being a foul mother, that is really a part of serving to information them into wholesome maturity and being an excellent mother. And I feel that is one other one which will get tied up in these cultural expectations. Once we see the memes that paint in a foul gentle are mothers and grandmas who mentioned like, “Go exterior and play and don’t come again till dinner,” and it’s virtually all the time portrayed as like, are you able to imagine they did that? And I’m like, “Are you able to imagine we’re not doing that?” I’ve heard it mentioned play is the work of kids. And I really feel like we’ve taken it away from them. And likewise that they are often our biggest academics in relearning learn how to play. And to tie in that concept of modeling, I do know that’s been a part of my very own evolution of not dropping myself in motherhood and of modeling this for my youngsters was realizing, “Oh, this is part of my life that I’ve misplaced.”


So what are some areas that I will be inventive, and I can play, and I can present them, these components of myself and provides them the instance to do this themselves? So whether or not it’s artwork or like studying new bodily issues, or sports activities, I feel them seeing me have the bandwidth to have the ability to do this was additionally an enormous step for them in having the ability to do this as effectively.


I feel one thing else actually vital that you simply touched on is that concept that they could have feelings that come up associated to in the event that they’re not used to being bored or in the event that they’re not used to having that house to truly simply go play and must entertain themselves. And as mothers, stepping again and realizing these feelings are legitimate, they’re not essentially dangerous, like, and never putting an exterior judgment on their feelings, and likewise not fixing it for them. That appears to be like a fall down level whenever you sort of begin implementing this stuff.


I do know for me, at the least I can communicate personally. I at occasions felt discomfort when my youngsters would have sure feelings, and I noticed it really had nothing to do with them. It was due to one thing emotionally in me that was being triggered by, “Oh, they’re not alleged to really feel indignant. They’re not alleged to really feel uncomfortable. They’re not…” And one factor that helps me quite a bit was to step again, and pause, and put some house in there, after which really assume by, like, how do I assist them really feel and validate this emotion? As a result of the emotion itself isn’t dangerous. It’s what they do with the emotion. So how can I as two separate issues, give them the house to really feel their emotion and never choose it internally, and likewise give them steerage round actions that may be a results of an emotion? And simply that step alone appears to have put much more house in place.


Mariah: Yeah, positively. Yeah, I imply, that’s such a bit of each a part of parenting, proper, is like having the ability to maintain house for our child’s feelings with out figuring out with them, or making an attempt to unravel them, or making an attempt to alter them. And it’s positively part of this, you recognize, and you’ve got to have the ability to use these abilities that I feel are extensively talked about lately, like validating your child’s emotions in that second. However that doesn’t communicate to how tough that may be internally. You realize, it’s one factor to say out loud, oh, I do know, you’re pissed off, or I do know you’re bored, and also you don’t wanna do that, nevertheless it’s one other factor to have the ability to handle your individual inside expertise whereas that’s occurring.


And I feel, you recognize, dad and mom, you must have grace with your self by this course of. You realize, it’s gonna take time and you actually do must keep in mind that it’s a talent lately as a result of youngsters usually are not being allowed to play and have that house, they usually’re not being allowed to find that in themselves. And so, whenever you do this, you’re going in opposition to the grain, you recognize, whenever you’re doing one thing that the majority dad and mom aren’t doing immediately. And so, your youngsters may say, you recognize, “Oh, none of my buddies have to do that. They get to look at their iPads” or, you recognize, no matter it’s. However yeah, you’ve got to have the ability to handle that inside expertise of your individual. And it’s so true that it, quite a lot of the occasions our personal discomfort with that emotion.


Katie: And I’d like to delve into perhaps some like age-specific methods which are useful at totally different occasions and/or for individuals listening, there’s in all probability going to be the total spectrum of all people from pregnant mothers and mothers of infants as much as youngsters and past. And so, is there a distinction in the event you’re implementing this stuff whenever you first have youngsters versus what if you have already got “established methods,” perhaps they weren’t intentional, however you’ve got these established patterns? Can you continue to do that with older youngsters even when it hasn’t all the time been the case in your house?


Mariah: Yeah, completely. I imply, I feel that there’s all the time house to alter your parenting practices, whether or not it’s impartial play, or whether or not it’s the best way you deal with self-discipline in your loved ones, or, you recognize, the best way you talk with one another. There’s all the time room to make modifications. And, you recognize, I’m an enormous advocate of apologizing and telling your youngsters that you simply’re desirous to make a change. So I feel with older youngsters, you must be actually sincere and express with them once more, whether or not that’s okay, we’re gonna begin engaged on implementing extra impartial play, and we’ve by no means carried out this earlier than. And, you recognize, you may say, “I discovered about this, and I wanna share this with you. And I feel it’s actually vital so that you can be taught. And might we work as a staff to determine how to do that?”


And so I feel what actually varies particularly with impartial play is just like the communication round it, the best way you discuss to your youngsters about it, however I’m a believer that from 6 months up, you recognize, youngsters will be flying independently. And so for just a little child, that may be, you recognize, 5 to 10 minutes that they’re fortunately sort of cooing round on a blanket on the ground. And for, you recognize, a 10-year-old, it may be that they’re getting misplaced in play for 2 hours straight. So the expectations are totally different. However no matter it’s you’re desirous to implement, no matter new system, it’s a matter of taking your time and selecting one factor at a time.


So if impartial play appears like the most important factor that will actually free you up proper now, choose that and work on it every single day just a little bit. So if in case you have just a little one, you recognize, have 5 minutes a day, set a timer, you recognize, allow them to… You be, you recognize, 10 toes away in your laptop or cooking dinner, and you’ve got them on a blanket throughout the ground. Or if in case you have an 8-year-old, you recognize, have them go as much as the playroom for quarter-hour, after which allow them to come again down. And over time, it’ll construct. So, the most important distinctions I feel by age are the communication, which I feel for lots of fogeys is fairly intuitive, proper? You realize your youngsters and the way they impart, what age they’re, what their sort of developmental functionality is there. And so yeah, you may taper primarily based on that.


Katie: Yeah, you’re proper. I feel communication is a large piece of it in all regards to this.


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I do know individuals could also be questioning, and a sticking level I hear quite a bit from quite a lot of mothers is like, how do I get my youngsters to do chores at a special age? That looks like a quite common one. So I’d love any recommendation you’ve got particular to that, monitoring methods that come into play at totally different ages.


Mariah: Yeah. Yeah. The largest factor with that I feel, is that you recognize, a lot of what you mentioned earlier on, I take into consideration not forcing youngsters and getting them to really feel autonomy and getting them to really feel prefer it’s their selection, in some ways, goes a good distance. So, you recognize, you are able to do chore charts, and sticker charts, and issues like that. And people can work to have construction. However to me a household system isn’t essentially these issues. A household system is extra like an settlement that you simply’ve give you collectively as a household, as a result of I actually imagine that an awesome household system appears like a staff, that everyone is an equal member, and all people’s contributing, and all people’s part of it. And so, getting your youngsters concerned can appear like sitting them down and saying, you recognize, “What chores do you take pleasure in doing? What would you be pleased to assist with round the home? And, you recognize, how can we set it up so that you’re motivated to do that?”


And so how that system really performs out will look totally different, relying on the ages of your youngsters, and what sort of chores you need their assist with. However it’s actually, you recognize, a matter of getting them concerned and getting their buy-in in order that they’re excited, they usually don’t really feel prefer it’s you forcing them to do it. As a result of if we sort of manufacture these methods that we need to work, after which we put them on our children, they usually’re simply going to really feel a lack of energy there, proper? So it’s like, how are you going to get them to really feel prefer it’s their thought virtually, you recognize? After which how do you make it enjoyable, you recognize, make it enjoyable, and convey play into it? And for some households, it’s like, you recognize, activate music for quarter-hour within the night, and everybody cleans the home collectively, and do like an influence cleansing session, you recognize.


For different households, it’s like, you recognize, the child doesn’t wish to be instructed what to do, and so that you uncover collectively that what works is to write down them an inventory of the issues they want to do this day and slip it beneath their door. So determining what that appears like for your loved ones comes by speaking to your youngsters about it and asking them what they’d need and the way they may really be excited to assist?


Katie: Yeah, precisely. And effectively, I used to be in all probability a really powerful baby to guardian once I was a child, as a result of I’ve that character that on a number of personalities must be defined, just like the insurgent aspect of, you may’t inform me what to do and I can’t both. So any sort of tremendous inflexible exterior construction, I have a tendency to only… My intuition is to insurgent in opposition to. And so I needed to be taught that in myself. And it’s the factor I feel now we have to assist our children be taught, which is that long-term, this motivation has to come back internally. And such as you mentioned, management is aligning motivations. So how will we do that with out us being the surface power of strain that will get this stuff to occur? As a result of that additionally nonetheless retains the emotional burden of that in mother’s camp versus if we get them purchased in, and now we have a household tradition round this, and all of us have clear concepts of our household tradition, and our targets, and the place we’re going, they usually have precise possession and really feel precise contribution in what they’re doing. It’s an exterior strain from dad and mom, it’s all people transferring towards a standard aim collectively, which, in fact, such as you mentioned, it’s not gonna be an ideal system. There are going to be occasions when it’s nonetheless laborious, however at the least then now we have a transparent path that we’re going.


Mariah: Yeah, precisely. Yeah, working along with their personalities… And I really like what you mentioned concerning the character take a look at, as a result of it’s additionally about your youngsters as distinctive people, proper? And one child may want one thing totally different than a special child. And so, a household system doesn’t essentially imply one system that everyone follows within the household. It’s like all people and saying, “Okay, what’s gonna work for every of us, you recognize?” And so perhaps you’ve got one child who’s actually motivated by doing issues with you. And so that you guys do a cleansing session collectively, and the opposite one works higher independently, and that’s okay, proper. However I feel it’s very easy to get caught up on this concept that it’s essential deal with all of your youngsters equally. And I’m actually an enormous believer that each child is such a person, and it’s so vital for us to guardian them as people. And in order that is available in, in each sort of system that you simply implement, whether or not it’s the way you deal with your bedtime routine, or the way you deal with conflicts once they come up, the way you set boundaries with them. It’s like take a look at every child and say, “What’s going to work for them and who they’re.” And, you recognize, that may really feel difficult, I feel as a guardian, however in the event you all sit down collectively, you may in all probability discover a stream that serves all people’s personalities and all people’s pursuits.


Katie: That’s an awesome level as a result of I feel you’re proper, getting swept up on this thought of equality and equity, it typically will be really much less honest to your youngsters, as a result of they’re all so totally different. And in the event you apply the identical, I’m gonna do the identical factor with every of you and purchase items in the identical thought for every of you, you’re not gonna really perhaps love them in the best way they every individually should be liked or spoken to. And I’d love additionally to the touch on just a little bit about…particularly with younger youngsters, it looks like there will be stress that comes from issues like mood tantrums or siblings preventing. Do you’ve got any tips or methods which are useful from the mother’s perspective to information by these?


Mariah: Yeah, I imply, I feel the most important factor I all the time say is, once more, consistency is so vital. So there’s quite a lot of colleges of thought round these issues. And I do have abilities that I train round them, however most significantly, once I work with somebody, I look to see, what’s their parenting model? As a result of what works for one guardian isn’t going to work for one more. So, for instance, I’ve a shopper who has a really, very, very light parenting method and it’s actually tough for her to implement any sort of boundaries or self-discipline together with her baby. And so we got here up along with a system that’s actually, actually light for a way she offers with mood tantrums together with her son. Whereas one other guardian wants extra construction and extra sort of firmness of their parenting. And so, no matter your model is, there’s a system that may work for it, nevertheless it’s so vital that you simply select one thing you keep it up.


So, you recognize, I’ve a neighbor who has a younger daughter who was hitting in school, and he or she was like, “You realize, this individual is telling me to deal with it this manner. And this individual is telling me to deal with it this manner.” And I mentioned, “You realize, actually, it doesn’t matter. I feel these are each like good approaches, they’ll each work, however you must select one, and you must really feel competent in it, proper, you must personal it as a guardian that that is what you wanna do and that is the way you wanna deal with it.” So, I feel that on the subject of mood tantrums, you recognize, I’m an enormous fan of being actually current with youngsters once they’re emotionally dysregulated, and staying with them by that course of, and validating their emotions, and holding house for them. And I do know that generally as a guardian, that that breaks down, proper? And it’s like, you get to some extent the place you may’t be within the room anymore, and it’s essential depart.


And so a part of like selecting the method you’re going to take and selecting the system you’re going to take is to be sincere with your self about what’s going to give you the results you want, proper? So in the event you’re not the guardian who can sit by a 20-minute mood tantrum, it’s okay to go away the room for a few minutes, proper? Like, that’s okay to do so long as your baby is in a secure house, and you’re feeling like, you recognize, issues are okay. So it’s actually about selecting one thing that’s gonna give you the results you want and being constant, I feel is the primary factor. I feel there’s so many assets on the market for folks telling you, “That is the proper option to do it or that is the incorrect option to do it.” And I actually intention to not be a type of voices, you recognize, as a result of I wanna empower dad and mom to look inside and discover the system that’s going to be probably the most aligned for them of their parenting observe.


Katie: Yeah, I feel that’s an vital level for certain. And I do know one factor that helped me internally determine this out, realizing that, typically…I see this in enterprise, I see this in my family, typically there’s a recurring concern if I take a look at it as, oh, that is really a administration drawback. Like, what can I do this I’ve the flexibility to alter that will assist make this much less tense for everyone? However one factor on this specific camp that was useful for me was realizing mood tantrums in and of themselves aren’t an issue. I used to be making an attempt to repair an issue that wasn’t really an issue. It’s an issue if it results in hitting a sibling, or hurting another person, or breaking issues. However I feel typically it may be again to that concept of separating the emotion from the motion. The feelings themselves aren’t dangerous.


And I as an grownup needed to really do remedy round the truth that I had indifferent from sure feelings as a result of I had internalized as a toddler that they had been both inconvenient, or dangerous, or dangerous, and that I wasn’t alleged to ever really feel indignant, or unhappy, or mad. Like, I had indifferent from these. After which I needed to relearn, like, these are regular human feelings. I’m judging them in a manner I don’t want to guage them. And the way can I each mannequin this and likewise give my youngsters secure methods to grasp and categorical their feelings? And I feel that’s partially issues like giving them phrases to clarify it past simply, like, I really feel mad. Nicely, what particularly do you are feeling? The place do you are feeling it in your physique? What does it really feel like? Giving them tangible phrases can assist them course of it, but in addition validating, it’s very regular to really feel mad generally.


And, you recognize, in the event you wanna have a mood tantrum in your mattress and, like, punch your pillows as laborious as you may, like, I’ll cheer for you, and let’s speak about it, and let’s course of it. Giving them house for that versus shutting it down, sarcastically, really makes it, at the least in my home, occur much less typically, I feel as a result of they really feel validated of their expertise. However then nonetheless including that piece of, you’re nonetheless chargeable for what you do and your actions it doesn’t matter what your emotion is. And so let’s speak about these two issues, and the way can we work collectively to have a system the place your feelings don’t result in actions which are going to trigger penalties for you, but in addition that you’ve got a secure option to categorical your feelings. So perhaps we have to speak about it. Perhaps we’re gonna sing. Perhaps we’re gonna have a mood tantrum collectively. Perhaps we’re gonna go for a stroll. Like, what is that this factor for every baby that helps them have a device? And I feel, like, for me, at the least that’s an enormous factor I give it some thought, like, what are instruments that will really assist in regardless of the state of affairs is.


One other piece that appears to come back into play is setting as effectively. Like, I’ve talked about this with earlier podcast friends. Like, now we have the concept as people, we perceive we form our surroundings, but in addition our surroundings shapes us, whether or not or not it’s what we’re sitting on and our posture, right down to the issues which are in our surroundings will affect the actions that we’re doing. So any suggestions for curating an awesome setting that helps construct a few of these methods naturally or that encourages youngsters naturally to play or be inventive, or be bored?


Mariah: I’m a very huge advocate of simplicity in areas for youths and toy rotation. Toy rotation is like the perfect factor ever I feel for youngsters, particularly younger youngsters. I feel a lot of the time, youngsters are overstimulated. And it doesn’t imply that it’s essential do away with all of your toys, or something like that, however the extra we will take issues away which are extra and sort of simply give youngsters a couple of issues, the extra they’ve house to search out that creativity, and the stream, and the boredom, and all these issues. So, you recognize, having just some toys out at a time in a room and holding all the pieces else put up in a closet, after which each couple of weeks, you deliver them again out. And the opposite added advantage of that’s that the fantastic issues about youngsters is that they overlook concerning the toys whereas they’re gone. And so, once they come again, they’re model new and thrilling once more. But additionally on the subject of your routines and issues like that, you recognize, having issues being accessible for youths.


You realize, I really like the Montessori model setup, the place all the pieces’s inside attain, all the pieces is allowed to be touched. And, you recognize, that’s not all the time life like on your complete house. And that’s completely effective. However that in youngsters’s bedrooms, that they’ll attain their very own garments and get them out, and that of their loos that their stool is ready up, you recognize, the place they’ll climb up safely and brush their very own enamel, and issues like that, as a result of particularly youthful youngsters are actually motivated by that autonomy, actually, youngsters of all age are motivated by that autonomy and, you recognize, want for independence. And so, the extra you set it up that they’ll really feel empowered in that, the much less preventing you’re gonna must do and the much less you’re going to must do for them. You realize, such as you mentioned about your youngsters doing their laundry as quickly as they’re in a position, you recognize, that’s the best way I used to be raised. And I feel that youngsters naturally need to do issues for themselves as a part of being a toddler, you recognize, is that they wanna be taught they usually need to develop. And so the extra you make that, like, virtually accessible to them of their house, the better over time we’re all going to have.


Katie: Completely. And I feel, yeah, simply something… I’m an enormous fan of nonspecific toys, so issues like Legos, Montessori toys are nice, issues that might be rotated out and in and that like result in creativity versus you’re making an attempt to do it one specific manner. And this manner has one specific manner you may play with it. I additionally love in our home having artwork provides all the time out there. I decided early on that our home was meant to be lived in. And so there have been going to be handprints and footprints from handstands on the wall, and there was gonna be paint on the kitchen desk. And I’ll simply get a brand new kitchen desk when all my youngsters are grown. However for now, it’s gonna be colourful, and that’s nice. However simply issues like that or, like, if we wish our children to maneuver extra, I’ve talked about placing issues like yoga swings within the room or a gymnastics mat within the hallway. Like, youngsters naturally have all these motion patterns. So simply placing issues as reminders of their manner of regardless of the factor is creativity, or motion, or no matter it’s.


However I really like these sensible suggestions. And I do know you’ve got so, so many extra in your work as effectively. So I’m gonna hyperlink to you within the present notes. For all of you guys listening, that’s So that you guys can discover Mariah, and be taught from her as a result of she posts quite a lot of nice stuff associated to all of the issues we’ve talked about. I do know you’re employed with individuals instantly, as effectively, so if individuals need to attain out to you. And as we get towards the tip of our time, a pair different questions I like to ask, the primary being, if there’s a e-book or quite a lot of books which have had a profound influence in your life, and in that case what they’re and why.


Mariah: Yeah, it’s so humorous I assumed quite a bit about this query as a result of, in fact, it feels so laborious to decide on only one. And I went by in my head all of those, like, spirituality books or private growth. After which what’s so humorous is I felt drawn to share one thing from my childhood, which is, as just a little woman, I used to be obsessive about the “Little Home on the Prairie” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. And we simply named our son Wilder. And so it’s one thing that’s vital to my husband and I each. And I feel that, you recognize, we’re all such merchandise of our conditioning. And for me, that was such an enormous a part of what I used to be drawn to as just a little child. And so it nonetheless feels so vital to me as a result of I feel these books communicate to household and the simplicity of household life. You realize, they’re actually about… I used to play for hours, you recognize, scenes from these books as a result of I liked that what they actually had been about had been {our relationships} with one another and about sort of the day-to-day issues that we did, you recognize, turning butter and making garments. And I feel it’s so humorous that that’s in some methods actually linked to what I do immediately.


Katie: I liked that collection too once I was rising up. My youngsters are studying it now, and it’s so enjoyable to see them get to undergo that journey as effectively. I really like the identify Wilder. Congratulations in your new baby, by the best way. And any parting recommendation you wanna depart with the listeners, might be associated to all the pieces we’ve talked about or one thing completely unrelated?


Mariah: I imply, I might say if I might share one factor with dad and mom, typically, I might simply say that, you recognize, I do know it’s so tough to listen to that recommendation that everyone likes to share that, oh, the times are brief. And you recognize, I’m sorry, the times are lengthy and the years are brief, so take pleasure in it whereas it final. However that basically if you are able to do one factor to make a shift in your loved ones, it’s to discover a option to be current within the occasions when you find yourself together with your youngsters. So, you recognize, it’s not possible to be current with them on a regular basis and likewise to take the strain off of that and again to the mother guilt to let go of that should be current on a regular basis however actually to decide on occasions when you find yourself utterly giving your undivided consideration to your loved ones and your youngsters as a way to soak in these moments whenever you’re in a position to after which take the strain off the remainder of the time that you simply don’t have to do this the entire time.


Katie: I feel that’s an ideal place to wrap up. And I’m deeply appreciative of your work. I feel you’re tackling an enormous concern like we talked about to start with with mother guilt and all these cultural expectations which are making one thing a lot tougher than it must be. And I feel there’s quite a lot of freedom for us as mothers find these easy shifts that may make such an enormous distinction. And that anytime we can assist mothers make these shifts, we assist households make these shifts, and we assist society make these shifts. I feel you’d agree I mentioned quite a bit on this podcast, however that mothers are probably the most highly effective power within the universe. And I really like that your work is so supportive of mothers and households. Thanks a lot on your time and being right here immediately.


Mariah: Thanks a lot. It’s nice speaking with you.


Katie: And thanks as all the time, to all of you for sharing your most useful assets, your time, your power, and your consideration with us immediately. We’re each so grateful that you simply did, and I hope that you’ll be part of me once more on the following episode of the “Wellness Mama” podcast.


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