Preschool boys interested in bad-guy play, fighting stereotypes while raising girls, and how to find the balance between self-acceptance and the desire to grow. These are BIG topics and we’ve got things to say in response to three fantastic listener questions in Episode 93. Join us!
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Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 93
- Teacher Tom’s blog post about Gun Play
- Common Sense Media
- The very FIRST blog post Sarah ever wrote for Meagan’s blog in 2012: On Star Wars, and not having all the answers
- Melissa Atkins Wardy’s Facebook page Pigtail Pals, plus her book Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween, and her blog Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies
- One of Sarah’s all-time favorite books The Case for Make-Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World by Susan Linn
- The best way to compliment little girls (Sarah’s article for On Parenting at The Washington Post)
- Podcasts on personal growth/happiness for women like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons or Gretchen Rubin’s Happier
- SouleMama.com (Amanda Blake Soule)
- Meagan’s interview with Rachel Macy Stafford in our Bonus Interview 10
The Mom Hour’s Mother’s Day Challenge!
We are beyond excited to launch our Mother’s Day Challenge, where we’re inviting you to send in your handwritten notes of encouragement and solidarity to fellow moms. We’ll collect these cards and letters from now until Mother’s Day and share them via social media as well as read a few on the air.
(Jump to the 31-minute mark in Episode 93 to hear us talk about it, or read on for more.)
Your notes can be short and generic–something like “Hey Mama, You’re doing a great job. Your family is so lucky to have you. Love, Sarah from SoCal”–or they can be more specific and as long as you like. Maybe you want to encourage a fellow mom going through something you’ve been through. So you might write a letter “To the mom about to go back to work after maternity leave, I’ve been there. You can do it. (etc.)” or “Dear Mom of a Special Needs Kiddo,” or “Dear Mom who is struggling to find friends…”.
You don’t have to go out and buy a Mother’s Day card (but you can if you want to!)–any hand-written note will do. You can sign with your name or, if you prefer, an anonymous moniker like “Boy Mom in Boston.” Letters should be postmarked no later than May 1 (but we hope to get them and start sharing them even sooner, so don’t wait!) and can be mailed to:
Life Listened Media
26895 Aliso Creek Rd, Ste. B-174
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
This show is all about helping moms feel confident about themselves as parents, and what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by bringing all the amazing voices in our listener community together? We can’t wait to read your letters, and we really believe that for every listener out there who has a word of encouragement to share, there is another mom who really needs to hear it.