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30 minutes | 4 days ago
The Profound Impacts Learning to Play a Musical Instrument has on Children's Brains
Did you know that there are long lasting benefits of learning to play a musical instrument? Many parents wonder at what age they should sign their kids up for music lessons. In today's episode Jo Violin, a music educator and violinist, talks about the benefits of music and the profound impacts it has on the brain. She also shares part of her journey into becoming a violinist and music educator.Jo graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance. Her performing career has seen her travel and play with many different orchestras and festivals in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and the United States. When she became a mother of active little boys, she searched for a music program for babies and toddlers that was fun, developmentally effective, and educational. Kindermusik met all the criteria she was looking for and offered more than what she thought was possible to achieve through an early childhood music program. Kindermusik brings families together and helps babies grow into happy, healthy, and thoughtful individuals. She immediately fell in love with the program and decided to become an educator herself. She has been teaching and spreading the love of music for more than 20 years, and becoming a Kindermusik educator was a natural path for her. Her passion for teaching children led her to complete Suzuki training. She is currently teaching violin at Sistema Toronto, positively impacting at risk youth through music education. She is a strong advocate of community support for young growing minds.Make sure to tune into this episode.
38 minutes | 10 days ago
From Frustration to Mindfulness: Breaking Away from Reactive Parenting
How do we break the cycle of generational parenting practices that can lead us to reacting to our kids behavioral issues, based on past conditioning? How can we lead from a place of mindfulness and greater understanding? In today's episode Hunter Clarke-Fields @mindfulmamamentor addresses these very questions.Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE, RYT, is a mindful mama mentor. Hunter is the creator of the Mindful Parenting course, host of the Mindful Mama podcast and widely-followed author of Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids. She helps parents bring more calm and peace into their daily lives. Hunter has over twenty years of experience in meditation practices and has taught mindfulness to thousands worldwide. She is the mother of two active daughters, who challenge her everyday to hone her craft!Make sure to have a listen....
44 minutes | 17 days ago
From Grad School to Motherhood to Tik Tok in Quarantine
What are some of the most surprising things about motherhood and the postpartum period that you were never informed about? After having her son in September 2018, Renee was so surprised by all the things she was experiencing that no one had prepared her for and that no one ever talks about. After sharing her experiences and feelings (with friends and on social media), she learned that so many women experience the same things and feel the exact same way. Renee finished her PhD in psychology in March 2020, just days before quarantine started. While in quarantine with her toddler she gained a large following on TikTok with her mom-related content and started The Mom Room Podcast to allow for deeper conversations about all things motherhood. In this episode we'll be diving into her personal experiences with birth and the postpartum period as well as some of the surprising things not many people prepare for or know about in the postpartum period.
30 minutes | a month ago
River Dolphins & One Mom's Mission to Save Them
Have you ever seen a freshwater dolphin? The Amazon River dolphin not only lives in freshwater, but it is also pink and grey. They are unique and friendly creatures, but they're endangered. Approximately 1,500 river dolphins are killed a year for catfish bait. In today's episode Suzanne Smith, a mom and conservationist, talks about these unique creatures and her mission to save them. Suzanne Smith has worked with marine mammals for over 30 years. She is originally from Boston, and spent her childhood on her dad’s boat gaining an appreciation and a deep respect for all marine life.In 2014, Suzanne Smith founded the Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation (ARDCF). The foundation was established after exploring the Rio Negro region of Brazil and realizing there was a need for river dolphin conservation projects and education. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation (ARDCF). She has a passion for marine mammals and is a strong advocate for environmental conservation. She is dedicated to increasing awareness of the plight of river dolphins and how to conserve this species.Make sure to check out this episode to learn more...If you enjoyed this episode you might also want to check out:Permaculture, Biodiversity & One Mom’s Path To Building A Sustainable Landscape Design FirmLori L. Tharps on Undoing Racism and Celebrating DiversityQueen Of Raw: How This Mom Is Saving The Planet & The Fashion Industry
32 minutes | a month ago
Top Tips for Updating Your LinkedIn Profile and What to do with a Gap Period in Your Work
With so many social media platforms to choose from, LinkedIn isn't always prioritized by many, but today's guest, social media strategist Dee Boswell-Buck @deeboswell_buck talks about why we should consider investing more time on it.She also discusses how and why moms can get started on the platform when they want to find a new job, or start a new business, even if they have a gap in their professional work due to maternity leave or choosing to be a stay at home mom for a period of time.She also shares some of her top tips for creating a strong profile on the platform.Make sure to tune into this episode.
44 minutes | a month ago
Preventing Migraines, Keeping Eyes Healthy and the Role Nutrition Plays
Have you ever had a migraine? If so, you know how debilitating they can be. While they can be hereditary, there are also external factors that contribute to them. Eye health and nutrition also play a key role.In today's episode Dr. Rani Banik MD, Board-certified Ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained Neuro-Ophthalmologist, and Functional Medicine expert, talks about the various causes of migraines and how we can prevent them or decrease their occurrence. She also talks about ways we can keep our eyes healthy for better vision throughout the years. In this episode she also talks about the power of nutrition in contributing to healthy eyes, decreased migraines and the impact of nutrition on the vision of children. Dr. Rudrani Banik is also a healthcare entrepreneur and founder of Envision Health NYC, Board-certified Ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained Neuro-Ophthalmologist, and Functional Medicine expert and has a special interest in treating headaches and migraines.Make sure to check out this episode to learn more.
3 minutes | 2 months ago
Happy World Doula Week!
Doulas are incredibly helpful. Their support and guidance can have positive lasting effects on the birth and postpartum experience. Considering it's World Doula Week I wanted to give a shout out to all the doulas making a positive difference.On social? Make sure to head on over to @theinsidermomAlso if you'd like, make sure to check out these episodes:Innovation and Motherhood: The Story of Milk StorkPreventing Burnout, Brain Changes in Motherhood & the Critical Role of Postpartum CareHow Current Systems Are Failing Mothers & How Feminism Needs To Evolve
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Saving A Species From Extinction & Protecting The Rainforest
Orangutans are critically endangered and human activity involving deforestation is driving this umbrella species to extinction. If we humans don't make drastic changes in the next decade to save their habitat, they as well as a variety of other species, will be wiped out. Someone who is doing something about this is Leif Cocks. Leif is an orangutan expert and the founder of The Orangutan Project @theorangutanproject which is an organization that works to save orangutans from extinction. He has been a key player in developing conservation plans for orangutans and influencing positive change for orangutan protection and survival. A small population biologist and curator by trade; Leif has several academic qualifications, including a Masters of Science studying orangutans. He lectures at universities, is a seasoned public speaker and has published several papers on orangutans in peer-reviewed journals. In this interview he talks about the characteristics of orangutans, what his organization does to help them and how every individual can play their part in preventing them from going extinct.Make sure to have a listen.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Pelvic Floor and Scar Tissue Care for Better Health, Sex & Postpartum Recovery
There are so many myths surrounding pelvic floor health and recovery after birth. Many women are told that leaking after having kids is normal and that they better be careful when they sneeze. But that's not the case. Many women suffer from pain during sex with their partner due to scar tissue that hasn't been treated or cared for properly. A problem they should not have to accept and live with. In today's interview Marcy crouch dispels some of those myths.Marcy is a board certified women’s health physical therapist and has a passion to change the way women are cared for during and after their pregnancies. She created The DT Method, a series of online programs and courses for birth prep and post-partum recovery. She developed the new standard for preparing for delivery and recovering successfully after birth. You can learn more about her work at @thedowntheredoc.Make sure to tune into this episode to learn more.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Surviving the Waiting Room: A Mother's Journey to Becoming a Coach
Moira Cleary is a Professionally Certified Life Coach and Mindfulness Practitioner, and mom of two beautiful, smart, funny teenagers who both live with often debilitating chronic invisible conditions. Over the years she has depended on support groups for information, camaraderie, and guidance. However, while in a downward spiral these were not what she needed. she needed help keeping her head above water. When she went looking, she didn't need a parenting coach. she didn't need a therapist. she needed a life coach who got the struggles she was going through. Unfortunately, she couldn't find any. This was a gap she saw in the current structure. So she decided to fill that gap and support other women and moms who were experiencing similar struggles. She decided to make it her mission to help mothers find their strength so that they can show up for themselves and their families the way they want to. She is the founder of Surviving the Waiting Room @survivingthewaitingroom and in this episode she talks about how she became a coach and how she balances caring for the needs of her family and herself, while building a business that supports others.Make sure to tune in and have a listen.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
3 Tips for Building a Successful Side-Hustle and Living On Your Own Terms
Ditching a high paying career and downsizing isn't something a ton of people do, but today's podcast guest Julie Ciardi @julieciardi is a mom of three who did just that. Despite the uncertainty, she left a high paying job at a Fortune 500 company so she could start working for herself as an entrepreneur and move up in a career that matched her own passions. Today, she helps other women build side-hustles that align with what they want to do. In this episode she talks about:- The top three tips moms need to know about in order to start their own side hustle- How she took 9 months off to be with her baby, when she was still working for a company in an high level position, when the average time off was 3 months or less.- How she was even promoted at the same company, despite working on her own terms and leaving a meeting to be at her kid's soccer practice.- What led her to starting her entrepreneurial journey- Why she wanted to focus on helping women build side hustles they're passionate about.Make sure to tune into this episode......If you liked this episode, you might also want to check out these ones too:Permaculture, Biodiversity & One Mom's Path to Building a Sustainable Landscape Design FirmThe Power Of Living On Purpose Even In The Face Of Difficulty - An Interview With Jovian ZayneInnovation and Motherhood - The Story of Milk Stork with Kate Torgersen
53 minutes | 3 months ago
The Homeschooling Advantage: What Parents Need to Know If They are Considering It
The past year has left many parents scrambling to find alternative forms of education that would benefit their kids. Some have stuck with virtual learning, some have sent their kids back to school in areas where schools have re-opened and others have either turned to, or seriously considered, homeschooling.In this episode Robyn Roberston, blogger, podcast host and creator of Honey! I'm Homeschooling the Kids @honeyimhomeschoolingthekids, addresses questions about unschooling and homeschooling and talks about how it can benefit families and how it can even give kids an advantage when it comes to later applying to colleges.Make sure to tune into this episode to learn more.If you liked this episode, you might also want to check out the following episodes:Queen of Raw: How This Mom Is Saving The Planet & The Fashion Industry.From Adversity To Mompreneur In Tech - An interview with Myoshia Boykin Anderson.Critical Thinking, Pandemics & The Future Of Humankind - An Interview With Guy P. Harrison
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Coping Skills for Kids, Removing Mental Health Stigma and How Parents & Schools Can Better Support Children
Humans can have pretty big emotions and kids in particular, don't always have the knowledge or experience to deal with them. They often need help and guidance to better process them.Janine Halloran @copingskillsforkids is a licensed mental health counselor, entrepreneur and creator of the copings skills for kids products and resources for children. She teaches children how to deal with stress, anxiety and anger in healthy ways.In this episode she talks about:- How she first became a mental health counselor - The incredible experience of helping a child with counseling have a total mindset shift that improved their outlook on life and themselves. An experience that motivated her to pursue her path in counseling and helping children further- Why she values counseling and has sought it out for her own kids- The reason she believes it's healthier for her own children to receive counseling services from another professional, other than herself- How schools can better address mental health and de-stigmatize it- The products and resources she has created to help kids deal with stress, anxiety and anger in a healthy manner.Make sure to check out this episode.If you liked this episode make sure to check these ones out too:How Couples Can Thrive After Having Kids - An Interview With Allison Villa.From Adversity to Mompreneur in Tech: Myoshia Boykin Anderson.An Inspiring Story of A Former Child Soldier & Refugee.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Growing Succulent Plants, Serving a Niche & One Mom's Journey to Creating a Profitable Online Blog
Succulent plants are pretty popular, not only because they're cute and can brighten up a space, but because many varieties don't need to be constantly watered... However, not all succulent species are the same and each one has unique instructions for care.That's where Cassidy Tuttle comes in. Several years back she decided to start a blog @succulentsandsunshine teaching people how to care for and grow succulent plants. What started as a small project, grew into a full time business, that is now thriving and growing.In this episode she discusses:- How she started her blog- The benefits of growing succulent plants- How a visit to a plant nursery with her mom was the start of her journey in becoming an expert on succulents- The reason she decided to serve this specific niche early on- The easiest and most difficult succulent plants to grow indoorsIf you love succulent plants and want to know the value of creating an online blog that serves a specific niche, make sure to tune into this episode......If you liked listening to this episode you might also enjoy these ones too:ER Physician Dr. Courtney Howard On The Impacts Of Climate Change On Our Health & On Our Planet.Permaculture, Biodiversity & One Mom’s Path To Building A Sustainable Landscape Design Firm.Protecting Our Kids And What To Expect In The Digital Age: Elizabeth Milovidov
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Pinterest, Motherhood and Building a Business Online - An Interview with Kate Ahl
It seems like there are so many social media platforms to choose from nowadays. You may have tried Pinterest before, but considering it also functions like a search engine platform, online businesses and bloggers have seen massive growth when effectively utilizing it to grow their brands. In this interview I speak with Kate Ahl, Pinterest marketing maven and the owner and founder of Simple Pin Media @simplepinmedia , a Pinterest management and marketing agency. In this episode, she talks about:- How tough times propelled her into the world of blogging and Pinterest- How she became an expert on Pinterest and created her marketing agency- How people can leverage Pinterest to grow their business and brands.- The power of calendars and notebooks as well as a couple other systems she uses both at home and in her business for efficiency.-She also talks about her birth stories and the support she received from her midwives and her experience with a very difficult pregnancy loss and how her community was able to support her through that.Make sure to tune into this episode to learn more...If you liked this episode, you might also enjoy listening to these ones too:Preventing Burnout, Brain Changes In Motherhood & The Critical Role Of Postpartum Care.YouTube Mom and Virtual BFF Amanda Muse On Life, Motherhood & How She Started Her Channel .ER Physician Dr. Courtney Howard On The Impacts Climate Change On Our Health & On Our Planet .
50 minutes | 4 months ago
How Current Systems Are Failing Mothers & How Feminism Needs To Evolve
Maternity leave shouldn't be a luxury. Maternal mortality rates in the US are higher than most developed countries, breastfeeding rates are low and Black women are disproportionately affected. Many women are affected by a system that is failing them.In this discussion journalist Kimberly Seals-Allers addresses:- Why all women need to have access to the education and tools that will help them have a more satisfying birth and postpartum experience.- The reason Black women and babies are suffering from a failing system the most- Why traditional feminism needs to evolve - Why the work of mothering needs to be valued as important work- The reason we need a culture that supports mothersKimberly Seals Allers @iamksealsallers is an award-winning journalist, and leading breastfeeding commentator. Her work has been featured in theNew York Times, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Daily News, Real Simple, Fortune, Pregnancyand many others. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Fox News and the Huckabee Show and NPR. Kimberly worked at Fortune, Essence, New York Post andThe Times (of London), before turning to freelance work. She is the author ofThe Mocha Manual® series of books and the co-author ofGiving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace.To learn more, have a listen.If you liked this episode you might also be interested in checking out the following episodes:Wandering Moms And The Women That Founded The Vibrant CommunityER Physician Dr. Courtney Howard On The Impacts Climate Change On Our Health & On Our PlanetYour Worth Isn't Defined By A Number.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
From Kickstarter to Shark Tank - The Story of Dreamland Baby
Tara Williams had just recently lost her job. On top of that she had a newborn and three other kiddos to look after. To say she was tired would be an understatement. She was extremely exhausted. Her husband had also lost his job at the time and they were scrambling to figure out a way to keep their family afloat. At the time, her mother in-law had sewn a sleep sack for her youngest and it worked like a charm in helping him sleep, which means she had more time to get some shut-eye too and she felt so much better. That's when she had the idea to create a company that would solve the problem of sleepless nights for many families, and Dreamland Baby was born.In this episode she shares how she was able to raise the initial $25,000 she needed to have the sleep sacks manufactured, by creating a Kickstarter campaign, which led to her company and product being featured on Shark Tank.Make sure to have a listen and check out their products at: @dreamlandbabyco
71 minutes | 4 months ago
The Impacts of the Microbiome, Genetics, Parenting & Culture on Children's Behavior
Does culture determine whether or not our kids become introverts or extroverts? What makes some babies and kids more prone to fussiness while others are more calm? Also, can we positively influence our children's behavior or is temperament primarily genetic?Maria (Masha) Gartstein is a professor in the Washington State University Department of Psychology and the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Director. Masha and her collaborators' research has focused on the role that parenting plays in how temperament “comes online” in early childhood. Their work is the subject of an episode in the Netflix documentary “Babies” filmed at the Gartstein Temperament Laboratory.In this interview she answers some of the above questions and also discusses findings on the impacts of the microbiome, genetics, epigenetics, parenting and culture on children's temperament.She also talks about:- Her childhood growing up- The impacts of stress during pregnancy- Difficulties and challenges women researchers and faculty face when they become mothers- Individualism vs. collectivism and how what's valued in each culture influences our childrens' behavior- The Frozen II motto she lives byIf you're interested in learning about her fascinating research, make sure to tune into this episode.If you liked this episode you might also be interested in the following episodes:Preventing Burnout, Brain Changes In Motherhood & The Critical Role Of Postpartum CareTreating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Certain Health Conditions With NeurofeedbackThe Fifth Vital Sign, Overcoming Period Pain & the One Sign to NEVER Ignore - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
6 minutes | 4 months ago
Tips For Planning Out An Unpredictable Year
It's coming to the end of the year and it's probably a time where you want to start planning for the year ahead. With so many things being unpredictable, here I share a few tips on what to do to simplify planning the year ahead. I also share some really nice planners and calendars you might want to check out too, so be sure to have a listen.(Note: This was recorded several weeks prior and scheduled for today, but I just wanted to make sure you could check out these tips when planning your year in hopes that they help with the process.)
6 minutes | 5 months ago
Best Wishes Plus Tips For An Eco-Friendly Holiday Season
The holidays are here and the year is almost over....and what a year it's been! I just wanted to share my holiday wishes for you, share some tips and ask you what ways you're celebrating this year. Tune in for this short episode when you get the chance.(Note: This was recorded the week prior so I could spend time with my family during the holidays, but I just wanted to make sure I got the chance to wish you happiness and fun during the holidays.)
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