Episode Archives | The Mom Hour

How do the things get done? Where does the time go? These are the questions we look at in today’s podcast episode. We’ve got tips for making the most of...

By listener-request we're taking you behind the scenes! We discuss the making of The Mom Hour, our recording quirks, tips for aspiring podcasters, how w...

Sarah has one week left of summer and Meagan has a MONTH. We chat about late-summer malaise, seasonal energy slumps in general, how to (or whether to) g...

Happiness in parenting doesn't mean mean skipping through fields of daisies with a brood of clean, cheerful, never-whining children who eat their veggie...

We’ve yet to meet a mom at any stage of parenthood who didn’t have to deal with laundry–it’s one of the great equalizers of the mothering experience, no...

High school bedrooms, college dorm rooms, first apartments, first homes. Meagan and Sarah describe their home décor style through the years in this More...

The last day of preschool is one thing–poignant, and easy to see coming–but what about the last time your toddler uses your favorite adorable mispronunc...

Navigating decisions as a mom is hard enough; feeling judged, criticized, or shamed for those decisions? That feels like garbage. After years of practic...

You’re home alone on a rainy Saturday afternoon and that movie comes on that you just HAVE to watch. What is it? In this More Than Mom episode Meagan an...

Bianca Dottin’s second pregnancy was long-awaited and relatively drama-free. But when baby Tristan arrived at 34 weeks and was admitted to the NICU unab...

Your kid shows an aptitude for something…now what? Meagan and Sarah discuss the sometimes tricky topic of how to nurture our kids’ natural abilities wit...

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned game of “Would you rather…?”? Join Meagan and Sarah (recording together in person, which is always fun) for a surp...

Helping a toddler with nighttime fears, the logistics of taking a baby to the beach, the ideal age-spacing between siblings, and helping a two-year-old ...

Teaching social graces to a shy preschooler, saving money on groceries and household supplies, and helping school-aged kids learn to deal with feelings ...

You can learn a lot about a person by taking a peek inside their purse. (Also: it’s time we cleaned out our purses!) In this episode of More Than Mom fr...

No one mom “does it all”–or so we’re told. But what exactly DON’T we do? In Episode 161 Meagan and Sarah share our experience finding ways to opt out of...

Summer fun isn’t just for kids! Meagan and Sarah chat about their hopes, dreams, and plans for this summer–everything from their favorite indulgent maga...

If you struggle with meal planning or dread the grocery store, you’re not alone. Today we tackle three more challenges to dinner-making success and offe...

“Having help and support is the way nature intended for us to make human beings”. So says journalist and author Kate Rope in her new book all about how ...

No time to cook? Got picky eaters? Hate the “witching hour”? We’re with you. In this episode Meagan and Sarah tackle three common dinner-making obstacle...

Warning: this episode may make you want to ignore all responsibilities for an untold number of hours so that you can hole up and watch a movie musical m...

The weather is warming up and everybody’s clothes are too small–time to talk summertime clothes, shoes, and gear for kids! Meagan and Sarah share our go...

We’ve hit a mid-year slump in our fitness mojo, friends. Have you? Meagan and Sarah address where we are with working out, what has worked for us in the...

We aren’t perfect, we’re real. It’s the last line of our show intro and it’s the guiding principle of this episode. Buckle up, guys, as Meagan and Sarah...

By popular request we’re tackling potty training in Episode 156! But if your kids are well beyond diapers by now, stick around. We extend the conversati...

Between Meagan and Sarah we’ve celebrated our kids’ birthdays 95 times. NINETY-FIVE birthdays, guys. We share the lessons we’ve learned in scaling back ...

Meagan and Sarah recap their week at the Mom 2.0 conference in Pasadena, including that one time they lovingly accosted a breastfeeding mom in an evenin...

Meagan sits down with her sister Kathreen to talk openly for the very first time about the major health crisis that rocked their family last December. T...

No one tells you when you become a parent that you’ll spend a significant portion of the rest of your life in conversations about snacks and sweets–but ...

Moving, remodeling, and home renovations are never easy, but with kids in the mix the difficulty level goes up a notch…or twelve. Meagan is fresh off a ...

The search for the perfect purse (and laptop bag…and evening clutch) continues to elude Meagan and Sarah, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to find i...

Part of the fun of having so many kids between us is that we never run out of things to talk about! Join Meagan and Sarah for a quick look at what each ...

Singer-songwriter and mom of two Sarah Sample joins The Mom Hour co-host Sarah Powers for a chat that feels like two old friends catching up. That’s bec...

Meagan and Sarah share what they feed their families for breakfast and lunch (and we’re keeping it VERY real here) in Episode 151 of The Mom Hour. We al...

Beaches or big cities? Rental cars or public transport? Where have we been and where would we love to go? Join Meagan and Sarah for a More Than Mom epis...

Meagan first shared that her marriage had ended last spring and we’ve heard from a lot of listeners that you guys would like an update on how things are...

Setting up toddler playgroups, feeling overwhelmed by housework, and how to handle teachers who don’t see your kid the way you do. We got GREAT listener...

If the mere thought of a tri-fold science project display board makes you want to run for the hills, we’re right there with you. But we’ve also come to ...

What constitutes a hobby? Does it have to involve textiles? Does cheese count? Do people really have hobbies outside of singing, dancing, and writing? M...

Whether you’re expecting a new baby or love showering friends with thoughtful baby gifts, this episode is for you. Meagan and Sarah enlist the help of s...

Who knew we’d have so much to say about beverages? That’s the fun of our More-Than-Mom series–it’s a deep dive into the super superficial, with bits of ...

We get a ton of listener questions on the topic of sending kids off to kindergarten–how to know if they’re ready, what to do about those tricky summer b...

What if “I can’t do it all” wasn’t a statement of parenting failure and instead an opportunity to expand our kids’ horizons and our own support system? ...

Love it or hate it, social media is a part of our lives. Join Meagan and Sarah for a meandering chat about our favorite ways to be social online. This e...

Between sick days and snow days, new babies and school holidays, we know firsthand how hard it is to be stuck inside with kids for what feels like etern...

Can you remember the skincare products and fragrance you swore by in middle school? How do you feel about clear mascara or yellow nail polish? Can you s...

Moms need tribes, right? So we’re told. But what if friendships in motherhood are a little more dynamic, evolving, and complicated than just finding the...

Tweens are not just overgrown little kids or mini-adolescents. Caught between the two, they really are in phase worthy of its own discussion–and its own...

When Christine Koh started making t-shirts for herself as a creative release and weekend hobby, she had no idea that within a matter of months her desig...

We’re taking listener questions this week, all around the topics of working outside the home, staying at home full-time, and the tension the often exist...

The picture of fatherhood we see depicted in pop culture is fraught with stereotypes. From the bumbling dad who can’t fasten snaps on a onesie to the ov...

Meagan and Sarah are both working more than we have in a long time–and our work schedules have changed recently. In Episode 140 we talk about what’s wor...

What’s the state of our wardrobes? Glad you asked. In Episode 139 Meagan and Sarah go Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes through what’s working and what isn’...

What daily habits do happy moms practice? Our answers may surprise you. Join Meagan and Sarah for the second in our two-part series on cultivating happi...

Sarah R. Bagley mothers, writes, podcasts, teaches group fitness, and runs a local women’s entrepreneur group–all while keeping up with the demands and ...

What do happy moms do on a regular basis to stave off stress, grumpiness, and dissatisfaction? We know that no mom is happy ALL the time, but in Episode...

Happy New Year, friends! Before we launch headlong into 2018 we’re taking a quick look back at what happened for each of us–and the podcast–in 2017. Loo...

A toddler who won’t stay in his room at bedtime, a seven-year-old with a fibbing habit, and the age-old questions of “what do you do with a two-year-old...

We’re answering a TON of your parenting questions in this week’s episode, and it’s all about navigating the holidays. From getting kids to thank grandma...

If you’ve enjoyed Katie’s new mom segments over the past year, you’ll love this week’s episode. We listen to Katie highlight one struggle, one success, ...

Parent Educator Alexandra Spitz is passionate about helping new moms feel calm and confident in their parenting abilities, and attachment theory is one ...

Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and settle in for an entire episode of The Mom Hour that’s all about slowing down and catching up. We’ve been movin...

Hosting a large family gathering and serving The Big Meal can be intimidating, especially if you didn't grow up schooled in the ways of traditional home...

“Entertaining” sounds intimidating, but how about “open your doors and let people in”? Meagan and Sarah want you to feel like opening your home to guest...

Need help with gift ideas for the teens and adults on your holiday shopping list? Meagan and Sarah are chatting about unique, surprising, and time-teste...

Kids ages 6-12 can be hard to shop for, having outgrown the obvious little-kid toys but still young enough to enjoy creative play and good old fashioned...

Shopping for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers? Sarah and Katie sit down in a Cyber Monday Gift Guide Special to brainstorm great gift ideas for ages 0-...

Routines help us move through the day as busy moms, so what can we do to instill healthy ones, change up the ones we’ve outgrown, and add meaningful rit...

Meagan’s divorce has shaken up the family schedule and plans for the holidays, and both she and Sarah are interested in exploring what happens to routin...

Are all East Coast parents uptight traditionalists grooming their kids for the Ivy League? Are all West Coast moms drinking kale smoothies while practic...

Amy Tripple is a Chicago-based photographer who understands that it’s hard to get little ones dressed and out the door on a normal day–let alone for a f...

Meagan’s family is full of cousins and Sarah’s more sparsely “cousined”, but we both have a lot to say about the cousins we grew up with as well as the ...

Too early to make meaningful progress on holiday to-do lists? Sarah says no, and Meagan is curious but skeptical. Whether you’re a plan-ahead type or no...

It’s been a rough few weeks and we want to talk about it. Join Meagan and Sarah for an honest discussion about how we manage our media intake when the h...

When to start giving kids an allowance, paying for chores, getting mentally psyched up for baby #2, and dealing with kids’ annoying habits–these are the...

Helping kids navigate friendships and social dynamics is one of the most commonly-requested topics from our listeners. That’s why we’re so thrilled to w...

Closely spaced babies, tips on room-sharing, helping siblings get along, and dealing with super-shy toddlers. These are the topics we cover in this week...

Sarah’s the Type-A, detailed one; Meagan’s the free spirit who’s super laid-back. Right? Or is there more? In Episode 121 we share the ways in which we ...

How much do we pay our babysitters? (Yes, we get real about numbers.) Do we expect sitters to do the dishes? (One of us gets super weird about this.) An...

We’ve learned a lot from our own mistakes over the years about finding, hiring, and building relationships with non-family caregivers. In Episodes 119 a...

Sarah sits down with fellow writer-turned-podcaster, mom of three, and California girl Lesley Miller in this month’s episode in our Mom Hour Voices seri...

From Ma Ingalls to Claire Huxtable, Mrs. Pteranodon to Marmee March, we’re discussing our favorite moms from books, TV and movies this week on the podca...

What’s your favorite way to help a new mom? In this very special episode–recorded LIVE at The New Mom School in Newport Beach–Meagan and Sarah offer som...

Sports and activities should add fun and fulfillment to your family culture–not suck the life out of it. And yet, between keeping wiggly babies occupied...

Whether you have kids heading back to the classroom or not, this time of year feels like an opportunity to renew routines, set some goals, and tackle so...

We’re looking ahead at the new school year and talking about what it means for each of our combined EIGHT kids, ages 4 through 19. Join Meagan and Sarah...

Supply envy, pumping woes, and prop overload: These are just a few of the things that Meagan, Sarah, and resident-nursing-mom Katie realize in hindsight...

Meagan and Sarah have news! We’re hosting a LIVE event in Newport Beach, CA on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00pm at The New Mom School and The Dailey Metho...

Dr. Catherine Pearlman has been helping parents with behavioral challenges and family dynamics for nearly 20 years through her private coaching practice...

What does “healthy” mean for your family? What are the behaviors and values around food you try to model for your kids? And what little things can we do...

If one more game of Candy Land or Monopoly threatens to send you over sanity’s edge, this is the podcast episode for you. In Episode 112 of The Mom Hour...

Samantha wants to start transitioning her one-year-old to a big-kid bed, Jess feels stuck in a pattern of frustrating behavior with her toddler and pres...

Maryanne asks if we’ve ever requested our kid change teachers at school, Danya hopes to find balance between accepting her postpartum body and sticking ...

Anyone who’s been through a divorce or other major life change knows that stress, uncertainty, and feeling out of control are unavoidable. But you CAN f...

What do parades, pretend play, Dr. Seuss books, and playground swings have in common? If you’re a longtime listener, you already know the answer. They’r...

Can your preschooler unload the dishwasher? Can your 3rd grader walk the dog on her own? Can your middle schooler remember his sports gear before every ...

Where have all the shoulders gone? Meagan needs to know. Sarah can’t figure out intentionally saggy boobs and is apologetically kind of over slogan tank...

Going off the grid for vacation sounds great in theory, but most of us rely on technology to make family travel possible. From iPad-enabled airplane rid...

What happens when a busy family with four kids and a beautiful home decides to sell their house and hit the road in an RV for a year? Meagan chats with ...

Are you totally satisfied with your work/mom balance? Turns out, a lot of you are. But when we asked listeners to weigh in on this question, two-thirds ...

There’s everyday self-care, and then there’s survival mode: when taking care of yourself isn’t just a smart thing to do but also your only means of maki...

We talk about raising kids on this show all the time, but we don’t always spend time talking about OUR kids specifically. In Episode 103 Meagan and Sara...

If you’re looking for tips and tricks for nailing the end-of-school-year parenting thing, this might not be the podcast for you. If, however, you’re loo...

The relationship between kids and technology is often portrayed as something parents are supposed to fear, monitor, and and control as much as possible....

When we invited listeners to send in handwritten cards and letters with encouraging words for fellow moms, we had no idea the response we’d get. Turns o...

Sometimes the words we need to hear most are the simplest, the most obvious, and even a little cliché: this too shall pass, all kids are different, ther...

Does the phrase ‘sex ed’ conjure up super awkward memories of the low-production-value videos you had to watch with your 5th grade classmates? If so, we...

Popular media tells us we’re supposed to love our bodies (and then gives us 19 Ways To Bounce Back After Baby), but coming to terms with the changes tha...

Does anybody really do a deep spring clean anymore? And what is it about the warmer weather that makes us want to open our doors–literally!–and have a f...

Longterm financial planning can seem like a lofty goal when you’re faced with the immediate needs of a growing family: paying for childcare, putting foo...

Meagan's kids are getting older and car seats and boosters are a thing of the past. Sarah is still the thick of it with three young kids and lots of dri...

To Elf or not to Elf? What’s the going rate for a tooth these days? And when did a St. Patrick’s Day visit from the leprechaun become a THING? In Episod...

How do we raise curious kids who love to learn, and who discover and follow their own interests? How do we cultivate a home environment that supports ki...

What do we wish we’d worried about LESS in hindsight? What are we doing differently–and the same–than our parents’ generation did? And just what do we t...

Preschool boys interested in bad-guy play, fighting stereotypes while raising girls, and how to find the balance between self-acceptance and the desire ...

Rachel Macy Stafford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today, and this week she joins Meagan i...

Is there anything sweeter than baby's first social smile (you know, the one that definitely ISN'T gas) or a two-year-old's adorable mispronunciations? I...

Ever wondered what it takes to produce the show you listen to every week? In Episode 91 Meagan and Sarah take listeners behind the scenes on The Mom Hou...

Which kids' clothing brands look great, don't cost a fortune, and wear well through the active years of childhood? In Episode 90 Meagan and Sarah talk ...

Routines are crucial to a happy mom life, but what happens when the same-old-same-old needs some shaking up? In this episode, the latest in our “More Th...

By 2012, blogger and author Erin Loechner could boast a massively successful blog, an HGTV special, a beautiful home, and even a beautiful new baby. But...

The postpartum period is many things, but predictable isn't one of them. In this podcast episode, Meagan and Sarah share the symptoms and experiences af...

Not sleeping? You're not alone. In today's podcast Meagan and Sarah offer helpful tips for making it through the day when your nights are long and, uh, ...

We're moms. We already spend a lot (in some cases A LOT) of time with our kids. So why add the sometimes-complicated task of setting aside one-on-one ti...

Whether you’ve listened to every podcast we’ve ever made or are a brand-new listener, we guarantee you’ll find out something you didn’t know about Meaga...

We're so excited to bring you our first Bonus Interview of 2017! In this podcast episode, Sarah talks to Doña Bumgarner about what it means to nurture y...

Are you an aspiring writer? Curious about getting published? Interested in what's involved in a freelance writing career? In Episode 84 of The Mom Hour,...

How do YOU calendar? Paper planner, digital calendar, color-coded dry erase board, or all of the above? In Episode 83 Meagan and Sarah share our strateg...

Do you have 3,574 photos on your smartphone and not a print or photo book to show for it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In Episode 82 of The Mom Hour, ...

All the holiday cards arriving in the mail this month have us thinking about family portraits, taking photos (or having them taken) of our kids, and doc...

This is an encore presentation of one of our favorite holiday episodes from last year. The links have all been updated for 2016. Enjoy! Have you been me...

Bath time, pajamas, a story, and a kiss goodnight. That’s how it’s “supposed” to go down, right? In Episode 80 of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah talk ab...

This is a special encore presentation of one of 2015’s best holiday-themed podcast episodes. It’s all about how moms can re-claim the magic of the seaso...

It’s time for another Listener Question & Answer episode, and this time it’s holiday-themed! Join Meagan and Sarah as they tackle three questions from r...

Which holiday gifts will make your kids’ faces light up when they open them AND still be among their favorites years down the line? We share our picks f...

How do we nurture the friendships we have? How to we make time to see our friends in person? How can technology support long-distance (and not-so-long-d...

It’s time for another edition of The More-Than-Mom Hour! Every once in a while we set aside parenting and motherhood topics and catch up about what’s ma...

November is National Adoption Awareness month, and for our latest Bonus Interview episode Sarah interviews adoptive mom (and podcaster/writer/teacher) E...

How do we handle the holiday “gimmes,” when kids claim to NEED everything on their gift list? What’s the best way to cultivate a practice of gratitude (...

It’s officially cold and flu season and we’re devoting Episode 75 to coping when kids get sick. Join Meagan and Sarah for our tips on knowing when it’s ...

Nesting. Naming. Decorating. Gender revealing. There are so many fun ways to anticipate the arrival of a new baby, and we’re talking about all of them i...

In this week’s episode Meagan and Sarah answer three listener questions and offer our advice, experience and encouragement. Join us! First up is Rosalyn...

Meal plans are great, but how often do we get to the end of a well-intentioned week and realize that things didn’t go exactly (or at ALL) as planned? Pr...

If you’re a regular listener, you know all about the kids in Meagan’s and Sarah’s houses. But we haven’t shared much about our furry, feathered and scal...

If you shy away from political discussions to avoid ruffling feathers, you’re not alone. But after listening to Sarah’s interview with writer, podcaster...

When they’re tiny, having kids with you in the kitchen can be challenging (to put it mildly); during these little years it’s all about keeping them occu...

We’re back with more on the topic of kids’ birthday! Last week’s podcast episode was all about the kids in your house and this week we turn our attentio...

Welcome to a two-part episode all about kids’ birthdays! From simple family traditions to parties and classroom celebrations, we’ve got you covered. In ...

Mornings can be a challenge for busy families, and now that school is back in session we thought we’d take a deep dive into those tricky hours between d...

In this month’s bonus interview Meagan chats with financial writer and mom Kimberly Palmer, whose new book Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth Whil...

If you’re a longtime listener, you know that Meagan and Sarah like to occasionally set aside issues of parenting and family life and talk about all the ...

It’s time for another episode where Meagan and Sarah take on questions from YOU, our listeners! Big thanks to Becky, Claire and Amanda for allowing us t...

When tragedy strikes and our news feeds fill with heartbreak and outrage, it’s hard enough to manage our own feelings of sadness and worry, let alone fi...

Are your floors dirty? So are ours, most likely. While you sweep, vacuum or mop, why not pop your earbuds in and listen to Meagan and Sarah talk about k...

After last week’s episode all about starting school we heard from listeners who wanted some insight into the middle school years. Since Sarah’s kids are...

When it’s your kid starting preschool or kindergarten for the first time, every detail seems mission-critical. But having sent our kids off to new class...

How do you make your town feel more like a home? That’s the question journalist and mom Melody Warnick set out to answer after moving her family to a ne...

Isn’t it amazing how quickly we forget the details about each age and stage as soon as they’re behind us? In this week’s episode, Sarah draws numbers fr...

“Hi Sarah and Meagan, this is Sheena from Oregon, and I have two questions that both relate to time management. I have a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old and a ...

It’s mid-July and time for an update on our summer travels! Join Meagan and Sarah for a fun conversation about cross-country road trips, flying solo wit...

Welcome to part two in our series on personality types! Last week we discussed the general appeal of personality tests and delved into the concepts of i...

Welcome to our two-part show all about personality types! In Episode 57 we discuss the general appeal of self-discovery and the lure (or, for some, skep...

Working outside the home brings its own set of challenges and opportunities that Meagan and Sarah don’t get to speak to personally as freelancers who wo...

Moving with kids – whether it’s across town or out of state – is no easy task. Meagan and Sarah have each done it several times and share their tips and...

We aren’t extreme couponers (or couponers at all, really), but as moms of many kids and growing families, we definitely have our eyes on the grocery bud...

Despite its easy-breezy reputation and our best intentions for laid-back fun, summer can bring up some safety concerns from parents. From heatstroke to ...

If you’ve traveled with small children, you know that “enjoy” and “vacation” don’t always belong in the same sentence. In Episode 53 Meagan and Sarah sh...

It’s another Listener Q & A show! Join us as we give our advice and encouragement to four moms who wrote to us with questions. We’ll be the first to adm...

We’re all about laid-back, low-key summer fun – but sometimes it takes a little planning ahead to make room for all that lazing around. In Episode 51 Me...

Parenting is hard enough – even when you’ve studied up on expert tips and have your diaper bag stocked and organized. But sometimes our most genius mome...

50 episodes into The Mom Hour (!!) and some things never change. We laugh. We ramble a bit. We gush about how great you guys – our listeners – are. As w...

If you follow us on social media, you probably saw that Meagan and Sarah got to hang out – and record this very podcast episode – in person over the wee...

Last week we talked about our ever-evolving “mom style” and what looks we’re loving at this stage of life. This week we’re moving on to hairstyles, skin...

When you spend years cycling through maternity, post-partum, nursing and “oh gee I’m pregnant again!” wardrobe pieces, thinking about your personal styl...

There’s no shortage of movies, television, books and music geared toward kids. The tough part is, some of it is pretty terrible, some is just okay, and ...

There's no question that the academic demands on kids - at school and at home - have increased since we were students. Join Meagan and Sarah for an hone...

Let's face it: most of us have certain areas of motherhood that feel easy-breezy and others where we tend to struggle. And while it's always possible to...

It's easy to let creative pursuits and hobbies fade into the background during the hectic years of early parenting. And when the time comes to make room...

Rough patches in (and out!) of parenthood: whether it’s a temporary crisis, a general mom funk, or full-blown depression, we’ve all been there. In this ...

We get so many great questions from listeners, and sometimes it doesn't work to devote a whole episode to them. So we decided to take on four questions ...

How does birth order - both our own and our children's - affect how we relate to our kids? Do stereotypes like the bossy oldest, peacemaking middle and ...

Do you parent a picky eater? Then Episode 39 is for you. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah admit we don’t have the answers when it comes to this tricky ...

One hospital birth. Two home births. Two birthing center deliveries. Three scheduled cesarean sections.

Meagan and Sarah have had eight pregnancies bet...

Last we talked about traveling spouses; this week's episode is all about what happens when MOM is the one taking off for a trip. Whether you travel rare...

If your co-parent travels - occasionally 0r all the time - you know that holding down the home front is hard work. In Episode 36 we talk about what we'v...

(alternate title: The Non-Konmari Method of Dealing with Loads of C-R-A-P Year After Year)

The post Stuff, Junk & Things: The Mom Hour, Episode 35 appea...

Milestones tend to be something moms think a lot about in the first year or two of motherhood. But kids keep developing (at their own pace, as we all kn...

Neither Meagan nor Sarah is a resolution-maker, but we both love starting fresh after the holidays with renewed energy and focus. Today we’re talking ab...

Today is our fifth and final installment in the special holiday read-along series! Sarah is reading a piece she wrote for The Happiest Home a few years ...

It’s Christmas Eve! Here’s the fourth in our holiday read-aloud series – Meagan shares an essay she wrote about the real reason for the season. Enjoy!

T...

We’re continuing our Christmas week read-aloud series with a piece Sarah wrote in 2012. Listen for her ideas on keeping the Santa magic alive in your ho...

It’s Christmas week! And since we know many of you will be busy baking, wrapping, traveling, eating, and enjoying time with your families over the next ...

It’s Christmas week! And since we know many of you will be busy baking, wrapping, traveling, eating, and enjoying time with your families over the next ...

As Christmas fast approaches, we're here to remind you that YOU too deserve great, thoughtful gifts under the tree this year! Join us as we talk about o...

Have you been meaning to watch old holiday film classics but never get around to it? Or are you just as disturbed as we are by some of the mid-century C...

"Simplify" has become one of the buzziest holiday buzzwords over the last decade, and today Meagan and Sarah are unpacking what that really means in the...

From helping a toddler adjust to a new baby, to coping with bickering, to creating a family culture that honors both individual kids and sibling relatio...

Get our complete guide to gifts that your kids will still be playing with next year (and beyond!), PLUS enter to win one of TWO amazing scooters from Mi...

Those sweet, pudgy things keep you up at night? News flash: they'll be adults before you know it. In honor of Meagan's oldest turning 18 this week, we'r...

Episode 26 of The Mom Hour is all about dealing with criticism. Whether it's in-law tension, the "back in MY day" comments from relatives, or your own i...

It's Halloween week! Whether it's your first time dressing up a little pumpkin or your teenagers are beyond trick-or-treating, we hope you'll join Meaga...

By popular request, we're following up Episode 19 (Things We Shouldn't Have Freaked Out About (As New Moms)) with a show all about the things that stres...

Feeding a family can be fun or frustrating, simple or complicated, rewarding or full of resentment. The one thing it will always be? NECESSARY. If you h...

Where Meagan lives in Michigan, temperatures are dropping and leaves are turning. For Sarah in SoCal, people just wish those things were true. Join us a...

Showing support for your child's school and educational experience matters. But does that mean we all have to chaperone field trips and join the PTA? Me...

Routines are powerful. When they're just right, we feel energized and balanced. When they're a little off, we feel unsettled. And when they completely f...

Once upon a time, Meagan and Sarah were new moms. And we worried - a lot. Years later, we look back at some of the things we could have lightened up abo...

Meagan has never identified as a "sports parent," but this fall she has four kids in four different sports. Sarah is still learning to find the balance ...

Do the supply lists and back-to-school clothes shopping expectations overwhelm you? You're not alone. In this episode, Meagan and Sarah share real-life ...

Repeat after us, moms: It's going to be okay. It's going to be okay. It's going to be okay.

Choosing a school for your child can seem like a life-alteri...

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

Or so the saying goes, right? But as much as w...

Well, we've reached THAT point in the summer. The one where you have no idea what day it is and your kids eat Otter Pops and Nutella-straight-from-the-j...

What does "stranger danger" really mean (and is that the best way to phrase it for our kids)? In Episode 13, Meagan and Sarah talk about giving our kids...

We want our kids to grow up independent, resourceful, and confident. We also care about their safety. So where's the balance between letting them go and...

What happens when your kids are all in school, or the overwhelmingly in-your-face years of early motherhood are behind you? Have you thought about what ...

Confession: We don’t LOVE playing make-believe with our kids. Or pushing them on the swings. Or reading Dr. Seuss. But guess what? We’re kind of OK with...

We aren’t sure we’re saying the right things here. But after the events in Charleston earlier this month, we’re sure about one thing: silence isn’t an o...

Camping with kids. You’re either doing it already… or you’re not. And if you’re not, is it because it seems intimidating? And a little, um, complicated?...

When listener Jacquie emailed us this question, we knew right away we wanted to answer it on the show: I am contemplating having one more baby. [Having ...

Why does it feel like summer actually creates MORE work for busy moms? When kids are home from school, the snack-requests never end and laundry multipli...

Should kids really write thank-you notes for every gift? What are the non-negotiable table manners in Meagan’s and Sarah’s houses? How do we teach every...

It’s warm out! But we have so much to DO… How can busy families balance the end-of-school madness with the desire to sit on the front porch and enjoy th...

How much of the media you consume makes you feel energized and inspired? How much feeds your inner critic and makes you look up from the computer guilti...

How do you model responsible behavior in front of your kids? In this episode, generously sponsored by Responsibility.org, Meagan and Sarah discuss how a...

What do you do when you have an epic meltdown in front of your kids? Hosts Sarah Powers and Meagan Francis share their most embarrassing and over-the-to...