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37 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
‘Til Next Time Mother Effort
It the end of a mother effort era! The girls talk about all of their favorite episodes, favorite guests and favorite moments of the past four years with the Mother Effort Podcast.
56 minutes | May 17, 2021
One For the Mother Effort Stay at Home Dads
In this episode Ilana and Beth sit down with Stay at Home Dad Frank to talk about how stay at home parenting differs when you are a guy and what parts of parenting cross gender lines and are a mother effort for us all.
34 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Haunted by Old Mother Effort Wives Tales!
Did you carry low but end up with a girl? Have terrible heartburn during pregnancy just to end up with a hairless baby? Are you eating an apple a day to keep that doc away? Ilana and Beth join their friend Allison to talk all things Old wives' tales...and why we should or should not buy into them.
61 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
My Mother Effort Pandemic Birth Story
On this episode find out what it was like for Beth to give birth at the height of the pandemic one year ago. Beth finally feels ready to tell Jake's birth story, and boy is it a story! It was scary, sad and joyful all at the same time and even full of the stereotypical movie trope birth scenes!
36 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Mother Effort Playground Etiquette
Ilana and Beth sit down for a conversation about cheeto fingers and facetime babysitting, playground etiquette and how difficult it might be to properly socialize when we all emerge from this pandemic.
45 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
A Fail, A Facebook Feed and a Mother Effort Epiphany
Ilana has a major mom fail then tells a tale of a Facebook Feed gone terribly wrong. Beth has an epiphany when it comes to the motherhood mental load. Beth also might have to sage her house...tune in and hear why!
63 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Enjoy it, They Grow Up Mother Effort Fast
When our babies are small, it can be natural to fantasize about a time when they become independent. One day, you turn around and your infant is feeding themselves, sleeping out at friends and going off to college. The struggle is real for Ilana so she calls on friend Amanda Fries for advice on what to expect and how to stay relevant as a parent of "big kids".
44 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Would You Rather Mother Effort Style
A blow out or glitter, which would you rather clean up? Beth gives an update on the sleep situation and then they girls go 13 rounds in Ilana's “Would You Rather" Mom Edition game.
47 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Mother Effort Milestones
I've got 99 problems...and pooping, sleeping and bra wearing are some! This week Beth tells Ilana all about the issues going on in her house in the last 10 months. Spoiler alert, the potty is not our friend and another bed change is needed! Ilana gives some much needed support and advice to help Beth, and all of you, feel less alone through these trying times!
49 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
A Mother Effort of a Year
Are we hopeful for the future? Absolutely! However, after 10 months off from recording and living through a pandemic we needed 40 minutes to vent! Catch up with us and see how the remainder of our 2020 was!
57 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
A Mother Effort Pandemic Pregnancy
What has it been like to be pregnant or anxious during an epidemic? Ilana and Beth discuss how life has changed and a few positive outcomes from this whole awful situation we are all living through.
70 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Bonus Episode: Some COVID Mother Effort Relief
In these uncertain times most of us are overwhelmed, experiencing stress, anxiety and even sadness. Ilana and Beth talk to Maryland based Psychologist Dr. Melissa Lean about how to cope with the anxiety and decompress, ways to deal with social media, dealing with friends and family during this stressful time and more. Dr. Lean also gives some great insight on how to find help virtually during this time if you need to reach out and talk to someone. We hope this episode gives you some comfort and some tangible steps to help you get through this difficult time.
54 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Surviving the Mother Effort Corona Virus Quarantine
The entire country is shutting down one town and city at a time and most of us are now shifting into a new normal. Working from home, kids at home, partners at home, it's a lot! Ilana and Beth discuss some of their fears and then more importantly they discuss what to do to combat these fears and beat the boredom at home with the kids!
55 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Play the Mother Effort Game
This last week was a real mother effort for Beth and Ilana. To lighten up the week Ilana creates a game show for Beth testing her knowledge of the Saturday morning cartoons of our past. Are they still on and making new episodes, or did they die out back in the 80s and 90s? Beth goes head to head with a VERY special surprise guest! Tune in to see who wins and find out which cartoons you can still watch, with or without your kids!
41 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
What to Expect When you are Mother Effort Expecting #2
As Beth hits the single digits of weeks left on her pregnancy Ilana offers some advice for any mom adding to her brood. What can you expect when the motto of motherhood is really to expect anything and nothing at the same time?
70 minutes | Feb 2, 2020
A Lolo Lullaby and Mother Effort Collab!
Sleeping strange, in your babyhood, who you gonna call? Lolo Lullaby! Today the girls call in the professional when it comes to everything sleep training related! From what to do with an infant who won't nap, a "defiant climbing out of their crib" toddler, travel, and the 5 year old who has developed a bad sleep habit that needs to be broken before your sanity is. Lauren Wolf from Lolo Lullaby talks about it all and more on this episode! Connect with Lauren: www.lololullaby.com instagram @lololullaby facebook: @lololullaby
63 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Mother Effort Middle School!
Beth has hit some snags with her childcare in the last week and needs to make a lot of decisions for her future family of four. In order to lighten the mood, Ilana gets the inside scoop on middle school and quizzes Beth on her knowledge of today's teen slang.
52 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
Another Mother Effort New Year!
Happy Mother Effort New Year! In the first podcast of this decade Ilana and Beth talk about their New Years resolutions, some broken, some accomplished, but all well intentioned. Ilana discusses what she has learned after her 6th winter birthday party has been thrown. They also discuss the best holiday and birthday gifts their kids received this year.
59 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
Breaking the Mother Effort Pregnancy Rules
Ilana asks Beth if she is buying into and following all the pregnancy myths and rules. Find out Beth’s secret weapon when experiencing a head cold while pregnant and what foods she is and isn’t eating.
53 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
A Mother Effort Milestone
Ilana celebrates her 5 year anniversary of being a stay at home mom, something she never anticipated. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, raising kids is a mother effer! Ilana and Beth discuss the perceptions versus the reality of being a stay at home mom as well as the good and the not so good moments that Ilana wouldn't trade in a million years!
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