Sinking Heels of Motherhood
By Ericka Polanco Webb
Sinking Heels of MotherhoodSep 17, 2021
Candid Conversations | Rob & Sarah Gardner - The Joovy Way
Rob and Sarah Gardner are the creators and operators of the consumer product brand, Joovy. Joovy is known for their strollers and "move It" products that are for parents to use during and beyond stroller days. As enthusiasts of the outdoors, Sarah and Rob have a partnership with the National Park Foundation, using their products to promote awareness about endangered species. The husband and wife duo are also committed to using the sales to donate 200,000 dollars, in an effort to support the National Park and their preservation efforts. During this episode, the Gardners shared how the brand Joovy was conceptualized and more information about their products!
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Candid Conversations | Lindsay Rosenthal (The Pampered Parent)
Special Needs Moms are a small community of women who are sometimes nestled in a world of loneliness because their experiences as a mom are so unique and not as commonplace. Founder of @thepamperedparent subscription box, Lindsay Rosenthal, was able to pick up on those sentiments. Lindsay is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who spends a lot of time around families of children with special needs, so she understood the need for moms to have something that made them feel good and encouraged. During this conversation, Lindsay shares information about the subscription box and its importance! Snag 15% off your box by using the code SINKINGHEELS.
Candid Conversations | Jovana Mullins - Artistic Expression for The Disabilities Community Through Fashion
Jovana Mullins, founder of the fashion brand Ālivia, allowed her faith and heart to catapult her into a unique position in fashion. Jovana is no stranger to the fashion industry. She has had over a decade of experience in the industry and she allowed her experience and a faith calling to create opportunities for people with disabilities. The journey doesn't just stop with the fashion brand, check out this conversation. I hope this conversation is inspirational for parents who have children with special needs.
Candid Conversations | Dr. Shannon Clark - Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) In Pregnancy
Have you ever experienced excruciating pelvic pain during pregnancy? Or did you know a pregnancy can result in trauma to your pelvis? I had a conversation with Dr. Shannon Clark about SPD/PGP and she breaks down what it is, contributing causes, and steps you can take to assist with the discomfort. Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG is a double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist focusing on the care of women with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy.
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S2 EP. 2: Moving On And Headed To College
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S2. EP. 10: Tears On The Bathroom Floor - Motherhood Is A Journey
Motherhood is a journey and I know it's cliche. In this episode, I am sharing some encouragement and how I ended up crying on the bathroom floor.
(Last Episode Of The Season)
S2. EP. 9: Postpartum & Intimacy
For some reason, we think after six weeks something magical happens and we should be ready for sex and all things intimacy, for some moms this is not the case. However, we seem to carry guilt about this, why is that? This conversation is all about how we can address those feelings.
S2. EP. 8: Making Strategic Money Decisions
Last year during the height of the pandemic I spoke with Essence Magazine Money Expert Kara Stevens and she shared tips us women can utilize that will help us save money. Check out these very easy and real-time changes she suggested.
S2. EP. 5: Construction Of A Plan - Coping With A Change Of Plans
The year 2020 showed us that our plans can easily lead to a catastrophic construction zone. We experienced so many changes and we had to learn to pivot and change our mindset, seemingly overnight especially as our children transitioned to distanced learning. For some, the change wasn't too bad but for the majority, coping with change was challenging. I am talking about how we can cope.
S2. EP. 4: Black Maternal Health - How To Advocate For Yourself
During the pandemic, another revelation made it to mainstream media and that was the health and wellness of Black moms. Conversations began to heighten around how can us Black Moms better advocate for ourselves to change the silences of our cries, I share those tips in this episode.
S2. EP. 6: Raising Resilient Children
Although there has been a conversation dedicated to the idea that raising resilient children can have a negative impact, I believe it's all in your approach, there are good things that can come out of it so, I want to chat about the positive outcomes.
S2. EP. 7: Sitting In A Mess With The Serenity Prayer
Encouraging mama's when they feel they have nothing left, by using the serenity prayer to get through.
S2. EP. 3: College Planning For The Future
Sharing tips to think about for parents whose students are in the stages of solidifying college plans during uncertainty. The pandemic has given us an added perspective on approaching college planning, I am sharing what we have considered during our journey.
S2 EP. 1: Cultivating Healthy Friendships
Why are friendships among women so hard to maintain? Examining ways we can strengthen our relationships with our girlfriends and work to become the friend we need and deserve to see and be.
S2 Ep.BONUS: Special Needs Children Transitioning Into Adulthood
When a special needs child approaches the age of 18, parents are in a season where they must transition all of the child's affairs. These affairs include but are not limited to their medical care, education, guardianship and much more. This episode will be sharing parents a list of items to keep in mind as they prepare for their child to transition into adulthood.
Please head to the blog for more posts on Special Needs Parenting.
Candid Conversations | Children's Book Author Diana Mucci
Candid Conversation with Diana Mucci, about her new naptime series of children's books "Snugawinks Of Cuddleton Falls." We talk about her inspiration behind the book series and how motherhood had an influenced the collection. As an Afro-Latina, we also chat about the importance of seeing representation in children's books. Additionally, Diana shares an excerpt from the one of her books. Allow this conversation to inspire you!
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Candid Conversations | Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC - Black Maternal Health
Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC An OB Hospitalist, is an obstetrician whose sole focus is caring for pregnant women in the hospital. She is also a mom, medical writer, lactation consultant and married to medicine (her husband is a pediatrician). Recently, Dr. Lincoln's Tik Tok video went viral and about Black Maternal Health and it caught many by surprise. In this episode, we will chat about Black Maternal Health and some of the benefits of breastfeeding.
* Please excuse my daughter's debut in the episode, motherhood is full of unexpected moments!
Candid Conversations | Poppy's Therapeutic Corner - How Black Adults Can Cope Through The Race Conversation
Mental Health Therapist, Leah Steverson of Poppy's Therapeutic Cornor located in Ohio, shares ways we can cope with how we are feeling in the midst of the Race Pandemic, and how love is a universal language that binds us together and can make us feel better.
Poppy’s Therapeutic Corner, LLC is a private group practice located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, that is Black Owned and Operated. They are a safe corner in the world where clients are able to develop new coping skills, ways to handle conflict and hope for increased life satisfaction full of happiness and joy.
*Video Clip Source is via YouTube, watch the full clip here. Explicit due to language.
Candid Conversations | Aileen Kelleher - Helping Children Cope Through Change
Aileen Kelleher is a Liscensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago who specializes in helping children, teens, parents and families regain hope and joy in the midst of challenges. With all of the changes that our children have experienced during this era of COVID and Race Conversations, Aileen shares tips on how to support our children during this time.
Candid Conversations | Mike D - Black Film, A Tool To Educate & Empower
Reelblack founder MIKE D. is a graduate of both NYU film School and The American Film Institute. His 2008 short film, THE 13TH AMENDMENT played in several festivals and won the jury prize in CNN's inaugural IREPORT FILM FESTIVAL. His 1989 NYU short, WHO IS CHRIS ROCK? went viral after being featured on Huffington Post and spawned a follow-up, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JORDAN ROCK in 2011.
Mike and I have a conversation about the importance of Black Film and his words of wisdom as we navigate the Race Pandemic.
Candid Conversations | Dr. Tana Sessions - Working While Black
Dr. Tana M. Session is an award-winning International Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Certified Executive-level Performance Strategist. Her path to success was not an easy one, and started out with her being born into the New York City foster care system where she remained until she was 3 1/2 years old and reunited with her biological family. Dr. Tana M. Session holds PHR, GPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is WMBE certified. With over 25 years of Human Resources experience, she specializes in cultural engineering, facilitated experiences and leadership & organizational development.
In this episode, Dr. Tana will share strategies and a preview of her book, Working While Black: A Woman's Guide To Stop Being The Best Kept Secret. She will share how race plays an integral part in the success of Black woman and how we can lean in, to change those standards.
Candid Conversations | Dr. Jalan Burton - Healthy Eating: A Revolutionary Act of Health & Wellness
Dr. Jalan Burton (Dr. J) is a pediatrician based out of the DMV area. Dr. J has over a decade of experience in well and sick child care, complex care, children with special needs, public health, youth development and health care consulting. She also own her own medical consultancy business where she provides direct patient care by way of home visits. Healthy Home Pediatrics was birthed, so she could spend extra time with her patients to better address health and wellness needs and change unfavorable medical trajectories. Dr.. J also talks about the importance of fresh foods and how gardening can be an immersive family activity.
Candid Conversations | Maya Washington - Minneapolis: The Epicenter Of The Race Pandemic
Maya Washington has been a resident of Minnesota for most of her life, as her dad, was a Professional Football player for the Vikings. She’s a filmmaker, actress, writer, poet, creative director and arts educator. We are going to dive into a conversation centered around what is happening in Minneapolis during this Race Pandemic. Additionally, Maya shares personal experiences centered around race, and how it impacted her life.
Candid Conversations | Tiffany Hinton - Raising Biracial Children During The Race Pandemic
Tiffany and I have a Candid Conversation about Race and how the Murder of George Floyd has impacted her household as a White woman, married to a Black man, with their three children in tow.
Tiffany Hinton is a married mom of three children, the author of the #1 Amazon best -sellers, Gluten Free Mom Certified and Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage. She is also a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and Gluten-free lifestyle expert! She has been a featured expert on Fox News, The Morning Jam and in HuffPost. She has written 15 cookbooks.
SPECIAL EDITION: Ericka Polanco Webb - "That Thing : Personal Accounts of Racism"
Racism has been present in this country for over 400 years, and the recent murder of George Floyd has ignited feelings of anger, despair, helplessness and fear. Today, I am sharing parts of my story of being a Black woman in America.
Candid Conversations | Sheetal Patel - The Mom, The Designer
Sheetal Patel, the founder, began her “Power Bag” line in 2011. The handbags have since been featured on Zappos.com on their Emerging Designer platform, as well as, WWD MAGIC Launch Pad trade show. The line has also been sold at the Four Seasons Hotel gift shop in Chicago and other luxury hotels. After taking a hiatus, Sheetal has come back with a bang to empower women through wearing a statement bag. To own it, love it and not give a damn what others think. Sheetal began G.I.A. Luxe as a single mother in college. She has challenged the unconscious bias, crushed stereotypes and now looks to empower the girls and women of tomorrow.
Candid Conversations | My Mom - Becoming A Grandmother At 37
Becoming a grandmother at the age of 37 is tough. My mother was vulnerable and shared how she uncovered I had been sexually active and discovering I was pregnant. This is a conversation that took place via social media, hence the commentary that I shared throughout. I hope this inspires you to be transparent about your journey.
Candid Conversations | Jennifer Arnise - Prioritizing Yourself
Jennifer Arnise is the author of "F*ck That Cape: The Grown Woman's Unapologetic Guide to Putting Herself First. She is also a Spiritual Life Coach and entrepreneur who turned tragedy to triumph after surviving a traumatic and violent assault at the age of 17.
Candid Conversations | Dr. Kiri-Ann Bridgewater - Vaginal Health, How Are You Doing Down There?
Dr. Kiri-An Bridgewater is a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist working in Jamaica. She works in the Public Health care system where she gives back to the free health care system. During this conversation, we will talk about vaginal health and the importance of keeping our lady parts healthy even past childbearing years.
Candid Conversations | Coco Davis - Lockdown, You Have No Idea
They tried to steal her joy, they attempted to keep her down, but she rose to the occasion. CoCo Davis is a multifaceted woman who uses her journey from being incarcerated for 13 and a half years to inspire, advocate and create change in the community. Coco Davis is an Author, Activist, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Founder of Talk 2 Me Foundation, and much more. Be prepared to be inspired!
Candid Conversations | Dr. Genovia Holmes - Parental Stress Management
This one is for all the parents and caregivers, Dr. G. is discussing ways to manage parental stress, in particular during such a stressful time as the global COVID 19 Crisis. She is addressing the importance of putting stress management knowledge and skills into practice as a means to model to your children how to manage their own stress, difficult emotions, and promoting their emotional intelligence.
Candid Conversations | LaToiya Thomas - QUICK ROMANCE TIPS
LaToiya Thomas is a certified sex therapist and sexpert, who focuses on sexual intelligence and sexual grief. LaToyia was candid with me, sharing a couple quick tips to help invite more romance into your relationship. You can follow Toiya on social media:
Candid Conversations | Renelle Nelson - Intimacy
Renelle E. Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Infidelity Recovery Coach. Her passion is to assist clients with getting their sexual voice back and shattering sexual shame. In this episode, Renelle talks about intimacy and shares how we can ignite more intimacy by exploring the various levels of our own story. Grab your notebook and a glass of wine!
IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER CHILDREN, PLEASE LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES. THIS IS ADULT CONTENT.
Candid Conversations | Sherisa Rivera - My Story, My Journey
Sherisa Rivera is an advocate for Black and Brown women and families experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss and/or infertility. She created Fertility in Colour while facing her own battle with recurrent miscarriages.
Her experiences and losses inspired her to use her voice to establish a space of belonging for women experiencing difficulty staying pregnant. Along with her husband Will, Sherisa is dedicated to fostering honest conversations around this seemingly invisible topic.
Candid Conversations | Dr. Aumatma: Fertility - Holistically Speaking
Are you interested in fertility options that are non - invasive and incorporates using natural methods to like, diet adjustments and health and mental wellness? I had a Candid Conversation about this topic with Dr. Aumatma, who is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes solely on Fertility, Pregnancy, and Post-Partum. She is the best-selling author of "Fertility Secrets: What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Baby-Making," and is a sought out speaker on topics of Fertility, Women’s Health, and Women’s Empowerment.
Dr. Aumatma was also awarded the “Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner″ award; she consults with clients locally in the Bay Area and works virtually with clients all over the world.
EP. 10 Catch Up With Yourself
With everything that is going on, we can feel as if we have left ourselves out of the equation. It's time we catch up with ourselves. Here are some ways we can make that happen!
EP. 9: Irritated With My Spouse
Sometimes marriage can be tough. Tension can be tight and you can feel as if you are going to POP OFF! Here are some tips to help you process those feelings.
EP. 8: Creating A Sacred Space
Do you desire a dedicated space to meditate? This episode with share with you how you can create the space. EASILY.
EP. 7: Self Care, Going Back To The Basics
With everything going on with the pandemic crisis, its time we go back to basis to how we practice self - care.
EP. 6: Unmasking The Layers of Motherhood
So often we feel we need to do all the things. Its time to be real with ourselves, MASK OFF!
EP. 5: How I Feel About My Daughters Father Getting Married
There is always a looming question within the realm of blended families centered around marriage and how we navigate the situtions. I am sharing with you insight on how I felt about my daughters dad getting married.
EP. 4: Moms Are Losing Their Sh**
With our continous list of things to do, we are losing it! Let's talk about it and ways we can cope!
EP. 3 : Date Night For A Night Cap
Creating a date night for a night cap becomes essential in your relationship when you have children. Let me share with you some ideas!
EP. 2: Feeling Sexy In Your Mom Body
Fluctuation of weight, stretch marks, leaking breasts and the list goes on. It can take a while to feel comfortable in your "new" body. I have some tips on helping you get there.
EP. 1: What Motherhood Means To Me
With 17 years of motherhood under my belt I have had an opportunity to think about what it means to me. Welcome to the Podcast!