Look Ma', No Hands
By Laura Max Rose
Look Ma', No HandsAug 03, 2020
This might be why parenting advice is making you feel like sh*t
I spent the month of May really swimming upstream as a parent. That's when I had a realization about parenting advice that I'm sharing with you today.
What do I do if my kids don't like each other? Blimie Heller of Unconditional Parenting weighs in
Smiling, happy siblings are the picture we see often when presented with family snapshots on social media and in holiday cards, but are siblings who get along really imperative to a functioning family? If your kids don't like each other, is there anything you can do about that? Blimie Heller returns to Look Ma' No Hands to give her perspective.
Navigating marriage in the newborn stage and beyond with Sally Maxwell, Aspen Relationship Coach
"You were two before, and now, you are three. And yes, you wanted to become three, but that still doesn’t mean that you aren’t grieving the loss of when you were just two. This is completely normal and many couples don’t allow themselves the space to go through this transition and acknowledge both the complex emotions that accompany it, as well as the very real changes that happen to the relationship." Sally Maxwell, Max-Well Coaching
Join me for a gripping interview with my friend Sally Maxwell, a relationship coach here in Aspen, Colorado, as we dive into her experience welcoming her second newborn with her husband and what she knows about making marriage work in especially stressful times.
Visit Sally anytime at max-wellcoaching.com.
What does is mean to "honor thy mother and father"? What does this look like when your relationship with your parents is complicated?
Whether you identify as religious or not, there's little room for doubt that many of us millennial parents were heavily influenced by religious philosophy in our youth and continue to question it in our adulthood. While it's a straighforward commandment on its face, "Honor Thy Mother and Father" can be complicated if your relationship with your parents was strained, challenging, or abusive. In this very special episode of Look Ma' No Hands, I'm sitting down with my very own Rabbi, Rabbi Mendel Mintz, to ask about the sixth commandment, the future of human beings in the face of AI, and why free speech is so important.
To learn more about Rabbi Mintz and the Jewish Community Center in Aspen, visit jccaspen.com.
Getting out from under the influencers: why you want what other people have and how to return to yourself
It's human nature to want what we can't have, but what if the influences around you actually make you think want things you don't actually want? This is a phenomenon called mimetic desire, and in his book "Wanting", Luke Burgis explores how mimetic desire can lead us down an unfulfilling path and also help us curate a life that genuinely brings us joy.
Mental Health, Meghan Markle, and mothering the way we were meant to with Megan Birkel of Willow Crowns
Look Ma' No Hands is BACK...and trust me, this conversation is all the proof you'll need to know it's better than ever.
In this first episode of Season Two, I'm welcoming one of your favorite guests, Megan Birkel of Willow Crowns, back to the podcast to discuss:
Zoloft and motherhood
What's really important in parenting (and what's really NOT)
The kind of mothering that really pisses us off
Meghan Markle (you don't want to miss this part)
A hot take on "cancel culture": how we can become more constructive in the way we treat others and ourselves with Rachel Tuchman, LMHC
Is cancel culture cancelling culture? How can we move forward in the face of hurt caused by another without writing them off entirely? Societally, can we move in a more constructive direction when opinions shock and surprise us? What can we do differently when it comes to strangers, friends, ourselves and our children? Rachel Tuchman, license mental health counselor from Long Island, New York, weighs in.
Nurturing your relationship when you only have five minutes and haven’t slept in a year and navigating conflict with your spouse or partner when you have kids with Dr. Elizabeth Miller
When it comes to relationships and marriages, kids are a total game changer. Often times, the advice we get about connecting and reconnecting with our partner or spouse once our children are born is unattainable or impractical, but in this episode, psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Miller is sharing practical, real-life and every day ways to strengthen your relationship with kids in tow.
"I'm not an employee of my children." Megan Birkel of Willow Crowns on being the boss
A happy, calm family starts at the top (read: with mom.) If you've ever needed permission to put yourself first, and evidence as to why that actually helps everyone around you, this is the LMNH episode you can't miss.
Your Sibling Rivalry Questions ANSWERED with Blimie Heller of Unconditional Parenting
Sibling rivalry is one of the biggest challenges in parenting, and Blimie Heller of Unconditional Parenting is here to help us navigate these complex dynamics and do what we can to contribute to harmonious relationships between our children.
Why "getting on the same page" as your spouse is a trap and other easier ways to get out of parenting pickles with Meghan Leahy, author of "Parenting Outside the Lines"
Author and Washington Post columnist Meghan Leahy is back on the podcast today to give you some straightforward answers to your trickiest parenting conundrums, along with debunking some of what we're told about "getting on the same page" as our spouse and why being on different pages can actually be helpful in raising our children.
If you love hearing from Meghan like I do, check out her book "Parenting Outside the Lines," an Amazon Editor's Pick, here.
MrChazz on being an "improvenist", cultivating generational health and learning to see positive intent in our children
You've seen him on TikTok...now you can hear MrChazz on Look Ma' No Hands!
On this episode of LMNH, MrChazz talks all about his experiences teaching young children, what he learned and how and why he seeks to teach adults about all the best ways to interact with and nurture our kids. From letting go of perfectionism and being an "improvenist" to the true journey of changing our parenting ways for the better, I know you'll love what MrChazz has to say.
What is the difference between a harmony child and an integrity child? Blimie Heller of Unconditional Parenting tells us how better understanding our children helps us be better parents
I had no idea what an "integrity child" was versus a "harmony child" when I first sat down to interview Blimie Heller, but once she started telling me about what each one was and what their differences are, my mind was blown. I can say with confidence that this episode changed the way I look at and parent my children on a daily basis, and so much of what I've learned from Blimie has made me a better mother and a happier person. I know you'll love what she has to say on this very illuminating episode of Look Ma' No Hands.
Every storm runs out of rain (even if you’ve forgotten what rainbows feel like) with Megan Birkel, Founder of Willow Crowns
I had so much fun connecting with Megan Birkel in today’s episode of LMNH! Megan and I BOTH moved at the end of a pandemic year and I couldn’t wait to compare notes on the crazy adventure of relocating with two kids.
In this episode, we’re chatting about:
- Ending up where you least expected to after countless challenges...
- Prepping your kids for change and allowing them to feel their feelings (even when it’s super uncomfortable)
- How Megan found her new house (it’s an amazing story, really.)
- The Hive App and other developments at Willow Crowns
- Letting the good stuff in
To visit Megan's shop, head to willowcrowns.com or follow her on instagram @willowcrowns and @willowcrownsathome.
Intuitive eating, self-healing and why humans should hibernate with Hannah Therrien, RN, Wellness Coach, Reiki Healer + Yoga Instructor
In this episode of LMNH, my old and dear friend from college, Hannah Therrien, shares about her journey of recovery in the areas of eating, spirituality + more and how that journey has changed her. To learn more about her services, visit her online at https://hannahtherrien.com/.
Firm & Kind: How to Love Life with your STRONG Willed Kiddo with Wendy Snyder, Positive Parenting Teacher & Family Coach
Would you love to learn new ways to influence those wild & wonderful 'headstrong' kids with integrity instead of just 'making' them comply?
Listen to this episode!
Wendy Snyder is a Positive Parenting Teacher & Family Coach, helping families parent with great purpose and intention by creating healthy, respectful & cooperative relationships. She is a Certified Parent Educator of Redirecting Children’s Behavior (RCB) and an advocate for families.
A mother to two vibrant children, Wendy has been dedicated to the application of Positive Parenting in her home since 2009. Wendy discovered the work of Positive Parenting when she was challenged and overwhelmed with the many trials of parenthood early in her motherhood experience. The endless opportunities for practice, failure, learning and growth have created a deep fluency for Wendy in the language and curriculum of Redirecting Children’s Behavior.
Through her company Fresh Start Family, Wendy offers online seminars, coaching, courses & a membership program to give parents the support and tools they need to raise their children with firmness, kindness, strong limits, compassion and empathy. Her delicate balance of encouragement, empowerment, and coaching inspires parents to take action and be the change they wish to see in their families, homes and communities.
Instagram fatigue, making friends in new places and why pandemics have a lot in common with wars: Solo Q+A episode with Laura Max
Today’s episode is a fun solo Q&A in which I answer some of my most-asked questions around moving to a new city, making new friends and settling into a 5000-person town after life in Houston, Texas.
I’m also addressing instagram fatigue (I’m feeling it, are you?), getting present and focusing less on what it all looks like, what I wish I did differently when we packed up our stuff to move here and my totally upside-down skincare routine.
How the pandemic changed where families want to live with Lisa Hatem, realtor and founder of The Agency Aspen
In today's episode of LMNH, I'm interviewing the realtor who sold us our home in Basalt, Colorodo - Lisa Hatem! I am totally fascinated by the way the pandemic has changed where families (and individuals) want to live and what those changes have meant for real estate throughout the country, and Lisa weighs in on why families are choosing the great outdoorsm what her last year has been like and how long these changes might be sticking around for. Additionally, I intro this episode with a 15-minute check-in followed by a mini-meditation for anyone who feels overwhelmed by uncertainty, the "not-knowing" marked by 2020 and 2021, the recent trauma in Texas and parenting in general.
Relocating to the Rockies (a personal update) and navigating life transitions with young kids with Dr. Elizabeth Miller
Well, a whole lot has happened over here since I shared my last episode over two months ago! I'm so excited to be back with you on Look Ma' No Hands, and I'm starting this episode with a personal update on what I've been up to for the past many weeks and what I've learned about being a person and parent in times of intense transition. Here to join me for the fourth time on LMNH is Dr. Elizabeth Miller of Elizabeth Miller Therapy who shares her experiences navigating unprecedented times and moving house with two little ones and what she knows about resilience and staying grounded. In this episode we discuss:
1. How to lower our own anxiety in times of stress
2. What we can take away from repeated adverse experiences
3. The value of telling your kids how you're really feeling (even if you're struggling) and how to do it
4. Why it helps young kids to know what their parents are experiencing
5. What Covid has taught us about letting go of what no longer serves us
To learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Miller, visit her online at www.elizabethmillertherapy.com. The meditation book she mentions in this episode, "Stress Less, Accomplish More" by Emily Fletcher can be found here.
Cultivating Emotional Literacy in Our Children and Ourselves with Amanda Ashy, Clinical Nutritionist, Mindfulness Expert & Yoga Instructor
Amanda is an American born, London based Clinical Nutritionist, Mindfulness Expert & Yoga teacher specializing in all three of these areas in children & family units.
She has worked with children clinically for nearly a decade in nutrition and mental health, incorporating wellbeing protocols to help modify behaviour and teaching children and families how to be calmer, happier and stronger in the family home and in the school system.
She teaches social-emotional wellbeing in the UK school system and works as a consultant supporting schools to develop their wellbeing curriculum.
In 2017, huge changes happened in Amanda's life: she confronted her alcohol issues and got sober, filed for divorce, and established a solid co-parenting relationship with her children’s father. She started a new relationship, this time with a woman.
During this period of transition, of huge change in her life, Amanda's priority was the emotional wellbeing of her two daughters.
Her work as a child specialist yoga and mindfulness teacher meant that she was well placed to assist her children as they navigated their emotions and the change in family circumstances, and Amanda cites her work in mindfulness as a key way in which the family were able to communicate, manage their feelings and move through huge life changes in a positive way.
Parents Pivot: How to Change Careers in the Middle of a Pandemic with Anna McKay
I interviewed Anna McKay in March 2020, right before the pandemic hit. It's the only recording of LMNH that I've ever lost, and I often wonder what it would be like to go back and listen to that conversation in light of everything we know now. Anna and I discussed how to change careers when you've become a parent and are realizing you have new priorities upon re-entering the workforce, but neither one of us knew what types of challenges parents would be facing only weeks after we spoke. In this episode, Anna sits down with me for a very different, equally valuable episode in which she outlines why people might be wanting to make a career change right now, how to go about doing it and how pandemic parenting has changed the way we work and live.
Style Reimagined: How to look good and feel great behind a mask, on a zoom call and during a pandemic with Natalie Weakly of Signature Style
Image Consultant Natalie Weakly has taught me more than almost anyone I know about curating an ideal wardrobe, buying more of what you love and less of what you don't, finding the right pieces for your coloring and body shape and how to incorporate color and accessories into your everyday style. I LOVE all of her tips, tricks and recommendations that she shares on her instagram account @natalieweakly, and today on the podcast she's talking about some her favorite pandemic fashion hacks like:
- The one makeup product everyone needs when they're wearing a mask
- How to stand out on a zoom call
- The three people everyone should be following on instagram (a repeat from a previous episode that was SO worth repeating)
- How to use all those clothes you feel like you haven't needed since the pandemic started
One of my favorite mom-life hacks is having a closet I love to choose from almost every morning, a makeup routine that's approachable and a thorough understanding of what will actually look good on me if I order it online (because who has time for all of those returns?!) I've learned so much of this from Natalie and can't wait to share more of her wisdom with you on today's episode of LMNH!
The Difference Between Discipline and Punishment, what discipline really looks like and why you can't teach a child to do something you can't do yourself with Dr. Becky Bailey
Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. She touches thousands of lives each year through live events. Over 2.5M of her top-selling books are in circulation, and Conscious Discipline has impacted an estimated 20M children. A pioneer in social and emotional learning, Dr. Bailey has a proven track record of success spanning more than 30 years.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo-Style with Houston's first KonMari Certified Consultant, Ashley Barber
If you haven't read the book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up", you've probably heard of the hit netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" or at least grown familiar with her now-household sayings and questions like "do this spark joy?" In this very special episode of LMNH, I sit down with Houston's first-ever certified KonMari consultant as we discuss organizing your home, your life and your schedule. Plus, why the time it takes to truly organize and tidy a home pays us back exponentially. If you're surrounded in a mess and can't figure out why, or if your house is looking like the inner-contents of your brain on your most frantic day, listen to this conversation and learn more about how we can all effectively pair down our wardrobes, schedules and lives and live more fully and joyfully.
Parenting Outside the Lines with Meghan Leahy
Meghan Leahy is the On Parenting columnist for The Washington Post and a certified parenting coach. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, three school-aged daughters, and her two dogs. Leahy has appeared on NPR and ABC, as well as numerous publications. Please visit Meghan at her website www.mlparentcoach.com.
IN THIS EPISODE, MEGHAN AND I DISCUSS:
- Why “expert” advice is hurting us more than it’s helping us
- The cacophony of parenting styles and what we can learn from them (and leave behind)
- Why we’re afraid our children will turn into “spoiled brats” when they don’t express gratitude and why we’re mostly mistaken
- Why you should stop counting bites at the dinner table
- How to apologize to our children and know when we’re doing it too much or need to be doing it more
- How kids feel when we set boundaries for them, and what their meltdownsafter-the-fact really mean
Finding connection and intimacy through conflict; why fighting isn't bad, but how we do it matters with Dr. Josh Mirmelli
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!)
"I felt like I was a horrible parent during this time." Willow Crowns' Megan Birkel gets candid about how it feels looking back on the year we never imagined for our children, or ourselves
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.
Back to school or not a chance? The big choices of pandemic parenting in September and how I'm facing them (solo episode)
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.
NOT SPONSORED: My 5 favorite items for newborn babies
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.
How to choose the right school for your child with Julie Blumberg of Houston School Options
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.
"It feels like you're being squeezed." Self care for Tough Times: Tangible tools to fill your tank with Suzy Reading, Author, Psychologist + Yogi
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.
Thinking inside the box; the unexpected joy of 2020 and how to find it with Brad Deutser, founder of The Deutser Clarity Institute
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.
An Astrological Take on 2020, What Lies Ahead and why right now is a "really exciting time to be alive"
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.
The Sibling Fighting Tool: 22 Minutes that will change the way you handle your kids' disputes with Parenting Coach Randi Rubenstein
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!
Strong-willed kids and their siblings: Navigating sibling dynamics in early childhood with Parenting Coach Randi Rubenstein
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.
"I think we're addicted to fixing." Faith Broussard Cade on why self care is free, unhappiness is inevitable and how we can adjust in uncomfortable situations
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.
THE 50TH EPISODE! Ten lessons from hosting Look Ma' No Hands that have completely transformed my life and my parenting
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!
Willow Crowns' Megan Birkel gets personal on how she's handling pandemic overwhelm
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.
The pandemic within a pandemic: how social isolation is destroying our mental health and how we can find wellness without shame with Elizabeth Miller of Elizabeth Miller Therapy
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.
Taking the stress out of meal time with little ones and empowering children to trust themselves and their bodies with Kylie Mitchell, Registered Dietitian with immaEATthat Nutrition Counseling
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 answers all of your screen time questions + why it's more important to be your kid's ally than obsess over their grades
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.
Virtual Camp and Repurposing Summer for Kids with Sunni Markowitz, Founder of Camp Lantern Creek
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 on Birthing and Raising a Black Child in America
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.
Healing Generational Trauma and Finding Freedom from Perfectionism with Motherkind Founder Zoe Blaskey
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.
Is there life after wine-o-clock? Author of "The Sober Diaries" and Mother-of-three Clare Pooley tells us how her life got better when she put down the booze
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.
Pivoting after plot twists with Carrie Colbert, Mom, Color-Full Influencer and Venture Capitalist
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.
From over-scheduled to under-scheduled and back: marital and relational changes in quarantine and how to navigate them with sex + relationship therapist Dr. Emily Jamea
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!
Willow Crowns' Megan Birkel on Marriage, post-quarantine life and finding confidence after hardship
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.
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Recovering our sense of self and finding the voice within with Mental Health Coach Brandi Lea
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.
"We are naturally wired for happiness," Carla White, founder of The Gratitude App, on the effects of "flight or fight" mode, how to lower our cortisol levels and having more joy in our lives
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.