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Sara Dean launched the Shameless Mom Academy in her pursuit of being, well, more selfish. Sara is an award winning fitness professional, author, and speaker who has worked closely with moms in her Seattle based gym since 2003. But, it took becoming a mom herself in 2012 for her to learn that - holy cow - this is hard work (and much wine is needed for survival.) Join Sara every Monday and Wednesday as she offers hilarious stories, inspiration, and powerful tools to help moms bridge the gap between motherhood and living the life of their dreams.
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Jun 28, 2017

Jen Lumanlan is the host of the Your Parenting Mojo podcast, which distills scientific research on child development into a format that parents can actually use.  She has done a TON of research on both child development and education, and also recently launched a course called Your Homeschooling Mojo, which helps parents to decide whether homeschooling is right for their family.  

 

So all that said, a lot of Jen’s friends think it’s pretty ironic that she never thought she would be a parent because she didn’t have an inkling of a motherly instinct in her body.  Jen earned a bachelor’s degrees from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Yale and spent several years in consulting before realizing that she was way more passionate about being a parent than she ever thought she could be, so she went back to school and got a Master’s in Psychology focused on Child Development and is now working on another in Education.  

 

She’s still doing a less-rigorous day job while she ramps up the business that she hopes will enable her daughter’s homeschooling.  We’ll talk about what she’s learned from the research she’s read that has helped her to be a better parent but also stop worrying so much about being a better parent and just enjoy life!  We’ll also dig into some of the surprising things she learned about the education system while she was doing her master’s thesis research on what motivates children to learn in the absence of a curriculum.

 

Listen in to hear Jen share:

 

  • How and why she uses research to lead her parenting
  • The truth about only children and social skills and intelligence 
  • How she knew homeschooling would be the best decision for her daughter – even though she’s not school age yet
  • Why our current education system is not meeting the needs of our kids
  • The myths (and truths) of homeschooling  and homeschooling stereotypes
  • Why homeschooling is becoming more popular, especially among black families

 

Links Mentioned:

 

Podcast: The Your Parenting Mojo podcast - research-based ideas to help kids thrive (and make parenting a bit easier!)

Course: The Your Homeschooling Mojo course - helping people who are interested in homeschooling figure out whether (and how) they can actually do it.  Use the code SHAMELESS20 to save $20 on your course purchase. 

Interview/Book: How to talk so little kids will listen: Jen’s Interview with Julie King / Book 

Interview/Book: It’s Not About The Broccoli: Jen’s Interview with Dina Rose / Book 

Podcast Episode: Only Children – Are They As Bad As advertised?

Podcast Episode: Parenting: All Joy and No Fun?

Article: We Don’t Need No Education by Ben Hewitt

Book: Class Dismissed by Meredith Maran

Book: Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense by Ellen Satter

Twitter: @akidisforlife

Email: jen@yourparentingmojo.com

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

 

Jun 26, 2017

Last week I woke to a Facebook memory from 8 years ago that totally threw me for a loop.  This memory was a video of me teaching boot camp in a park in Seattle.  I was immediately taken back to that time – when I was so excited and so nervous as I tried to sell spots in my little program that no one had heard of.  

 

Fast forward 8 years and I have accomplished so many tings I never though possible - from owning an award winning gym to having a baby to launching a successful podcast.  

 

So, here’s what really hit home for me a few hours after seeing that FB memory… If the last 8 years are any indication, SO MANY exciting, fun, terrifying, challenging, glorious unknown things are going to happen in my life in the next 8 years.  

 

This got me really pumped up for the next 8 years.  

 

Ok, your turn… I want you to think about a specific memory from 8 years ago.  

  • Where were you?  
  • Who were you with? 
  • What were you doing? 
  • How did you feel about it? 

 

Then play back everything that has happened since then.  Look at everything you have accomplished, earned, and learned since then.  You are not the same person as you were then.  

 

With what you know now, how will you make the next 8 years count?  How will you push yourself?  How will you grow and thrive?  

 

Here are some of my suggestions to keep you motivated for the next 8 years – addressed more deeply in the episode, of course!

 

  1. Take risks
  2. Connect with those who have gone before you
  3. Work with a coach or therapist
  4. Ask for support at home
  5. Be the person you want to be even if you’re not her yet

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 13: How To Be A Better Stalker and FanGirl with Lewis Howes

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

Jun 21, 2017

Jadah Sellner is an author, international keynote speaker, poet, and the creator of the Mentorship Lab™ & Build Your Challenge™ at jadahsellner.com.

Since 2009, Jadah has started 3 businesses (including one brick and mortar) and now helps creative CEO’s, visionary entrepreneurs, and social change companies build communities with love, so that you can connect to your bigger vision, reach more people, support your family, and grow your income while NOT adding more work for you.

(You may also know her from her work as co-founder and co-author of Simple Green Smoothies, which has been featured on The Doctors TV show, Oprah's O Magazine, Target and the Wall Street Journal.)

When Jadah’s not helping world changers build their tribes with the Love Over Metrics™ movement, you can catch her reading Shel Silverstein poems at the dinner table. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, daughter, and their little “chiweenie” dog, Clementine.

 

Jadah is someone I have admired since hearing her on a podcast interview a couple years ago.  I was immediately drawn to her story and her calm, warm energy.  While soft in nature, Jadah is a strong, persistent and powerful in her work.  She embraces all aspects of entrepreneurship while constantly seeking opportunities to serve women in a deeper way.  

 

Listen in to hear Jadah share:

  • The specific steps you can take to discover your passions 
  • Why you need to start dating yourself – and how to do it
  • How to change course without risking it all
  • Why you have to be ok with not-so-sexy transitions
  • How to unhook your self worth from the outcomes in your life

 

Links Mentioned:

More about Jadah: jadahsellner.com

Work with Jadah: jadahsellner.com/build-your-challenge

Jadah on Facebook: facebook.com/jadahsellner

Jadah on Instagram: instagram.com/jadahsellner

Jadah on Twitter: twitter.com/jadahsellner

Book: Simple Green Smoothies 

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial) 

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

Jun 19, 2017

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that maaaaaybe you have put too much time into planning summer for your kids and family and not enough time into planning summer for YOU.  Am I right?!?

 

I want you to love your summer. Like really LOVE it.  I want you to cherish time that is only for you.  I want you to OWN your space this summer.  Can we do that together?  I promise to make it simple and enjoyable!

 

I want to look at 4 areas you might consider when it comes to taking care of YOU this summer:

 

  • How will you move?
  • How will you fuel yourself?
  • How will you create down time?
  • How will you create fun?

 

Listen in to learn creative ways to stay consistent in your summer self care through some simple tricks and tactics.  I’ll share ideas on how to keep exercise short & sweet, how to enjoy the best summer fuel without feeling guilty about an summer indulgences, and how to create time that is just for you to enjoy the season doing what YOU want to do (read: not chasing kids around a pool!)

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA interview with Jill Coleman: How to Eat Every Damn Day

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: KINDsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

 

Jun 14, 2017

Married for 23 years, with 4 children, Kori Reed and Mike Becker are on a mission to “Reimagine family stereotypes so that all modern families can thrive.”

 

They are so committed to this mission that they wrote a book about it - Zag Zig Parenting: (Mis)Adventures of a Career-Driven Mom and a Stay-at-Home Dad

 

ZagZig Parenting invites you to explore a married couple’s contemporary perspective on parenting through comical vignettes that share their differences, struggles and mistakes. 

 

Written by Kori, a career-driven mom of four children, with commentary from Mike, a twenty-year, at-home dad, this book shows work-life integration from a different lens, and creates a positive environment to reimagine the family framework.

 

These vulnerable stories about life as a non-traditional family aim to paint a picture of everyday chaos provide comic relief and permit parents to thrive as they embrace their perceived shortcomings in the context of work-family flow. Parenting issues don’t discriminate. 

 

Listen in to hear Kori and Mike share:

 

  • How Mike and Kori both started defying traditional gender roles at the age of 16
  • How parents with two very different personality types can successfully find their parenting groove
  • What family management looks like for a stay-at-home dad and career driven mom
  • The power and purpose of therapy 
  • How a Kori learned to juggle being a present parent and career focused mom
  • What Mike loved about staying home with 4 kids over the course of 20 years
  • Mike’s biggest parenting secret when it comes to minimizing overwhelm and chaos

 

Links Mentioned:

Find Kori and Mike here: www.ZagZigParenting.com

But the book here: Zag Zig Parenting on Amazon

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

    

 

Jun 12, 2017

After recording last week’s episode I realized I made a mistake.  I told you all about Summer Bucket Lists and then I quickly added that since Vinnie is in full time childcare this summer, we didn’t need a Bucket List.  

 

That was dumb. 

 

Very dumb. 

 

We actually DO need a Bucket List this summer.  Two in fact.  

 

Listen into hear how I came to this realization moments after finishing last weeks’ episode.  I’ll share exactly how we created a Family Summer Bucket List and how I created my very own Mommy Summer Bucket List.  

 

This one little project has me so pumped up for summer.  I highly recommend you do it too.  I give a lot of helpful pointers in the episode, so you can make your Bucket Lists 100% relevant to all your hopes and dreams for Summer 2017. 

 

You’ll learn:

  • Why you and your family need separate Bucket Lists
  • What areas/ideas you might want to cover on your Bucket List
  • How to get crafty with your Bucket List
  • Parameters for play vis work on your Bucket List
  • How creating a Bucket List is different than goal setting
  • How to make your Bucket List about YOU, not them!

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

 

Jun 7, 2017

After graduating at the top of her MBA class and landing an interesting job, Barb Anderson suddenly found herself staring directly in the face of every parent's worst nightmare when her 18-month old son, Jude, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. With this diagnosis, Barb was thrown into her new role as a "Momcologist," a position where she serves as chief advocate, medical officer and public relations expert for her family. 

 

Jude's journey has defied all odds, surviving three relapses, two bone marrow transplants and travel across the United States for groundbreaking clinical trials. He is now approaching six months after his second bone marrow transplant  (for which Barb was the donor) and recovering well.

 

Barb loves living in the kind, vibrant city of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Aidan, Jude and younger son, Finn. When not serving as a Momcologist, Barb loves to cook, drink wine, brew kombucha, and connect with friends & family. She is a double graduate of the University of Arizona with an undergraduate degree in Marketing and an MBA in Entrepreneurship. 

 

I asked Barb to come on the show to talk about her story as a momcologist.  She is going to walk us through the last 3 years of her life since Jude was diagnosed with Leukemia at just 18 months old. 

 

Listen in to hear Barb share:

  • How Jude was diagnosed 
  • What life looks like with the ups and downs of pediatric cancer
  • What kind of emotional turmoil remains even when the cancer is gone
  • What it’s like to raise a sibling of a child with pediatric cancer
  • What NOT to say (or send) to people fighting cancer
  • The alarmingly low research funding that supports pediatric cancer

 

Links Mentioned:

Jude’s Man and Woman of the Year Leukemia and Lymphoma Donation Page 

Team Jude inspirational merchandise order form     

Book: The Emperor of Maladies 

Sponsor:  Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 5, 2017

If you find yourself easily disappointed or frustrated by relationships and/or situations in your life, it’s time to take some #radicalresponsibility, friends.  

 

You create your own experiences, for better or worse.  You have more power than you think.  Cause, let’s be honest, you’re a badass.  

 

But even the baddest of asses hits a rough spot every now & then, right??  

 

Here are a few tips to help you manage expectations:

 

  • Assume nothing
  • Create win/wins
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate, and then communicate some more
  • Be assertive (not aggressive)
  • Set boundaries
  • Expect hiccups

 

When you put these practices in place, you will be able to much more accurately create the exact experiences you desire.  You will also open the door for the people around you to do the same.  Win/Win!!!

 

This is especially valuable and helpful as we enter summer.  What do you really want this summer?  How are you going to get it?  It’s up to YOU.  

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Ep 8 with Lori Kennedy: Is Work/Life Balance Possible?

Sponsor:  Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

 

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