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PWP 39 | Parents Who Stop Doing the Dishes and Start Issuing Permission

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After dinner tonight, as I was cleaning up the dishes I started crying.

And then I felt inspired to turn on the microphone and record this episode.

No outline, just raw, off the top of my head.

Sometimes in the moments when you feel most down, when you’re crying in the closet, or you yelled at the kids, or you’re agonizing over a decision, sometimes in those difficult moments you just more than anything need some permission, some encouragement, some hope.

I want to give all kinds of permission.  Not because you need my permission, but because maybe you are having a hard time giving it to yourself right now- so I’ll do it for a bit until you can.

This is something I have struggled for a long time to do (give myself permission), and now that I’m getting a (tiny) bit better at it, I want to share with you.

Join our private Facebook group and tell me what you need permission to do.  Or not do. Or if it’s more private, email me at info@parentswho.com.  I read every email and I will write you back.

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PWP 38 | Parents Who Let Go of Busyness

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How many things should my kid be involved in?

Have I committed to too many sports, activities and social things?

When is it okay to let my kids (or myself) quit?

Am I a bad parent if my kids are doing “just” one thing?

How do I find the permission to shut things down?

What if my kids miss out on playing professional sports?!

Today I share with you my journey from over-scheduled and exhuasted to under-scheduled and calmer.

This is definitely not the end of the discussion on busy, but I think it’s a good start.

In this episode I share:

  • How we (really) get into situations where we find ourselves and our kids pulled in a million directions
  • How to stop the cycle of busyness
  • what I was afraid to admit to Chris and
  • the ridiculous spot I spent over an hour because I didn’t know what else to do

Mentioned in this episode is Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection.

If you haven’t joined our private Facebook group, today is the day!  I’ll be posting a video with a bonus tip on an easy trick I use to know what I can take off my to-do or think I want to-do list.

I also include some behind the scenes in our newsletter so if you haven’t yet, go ahead and sign up.  You can just enter your email address in the form to the right.

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PWP 37 | Parents Who Pull Back the Curtain

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Today I am pulling back the curtain and calling Chris and I out.

Why do we keep a singing turtle in our closet?

Why is there something for Yoshi in our freezer?

What do I keep in the car that makes life easier?

And what magical new use did I find for toothpaste?

The last few episodes have been pretty heavy, so today we’re light and fluffy.

In this episode I share:

  • an easy way to keep your kids occupied while you get ready in the morning or evening
  • a trick your dog will love you for
  • a simple way to get snail mail written AND
  • how to help your kids tell their left shoe from their right

If you haven’t joined our private Facebook group, today is the day!  I post a photo from the weird spot that I recorded this episode from.  It’s quite ridiculous.

I also include some behind the scenes in our newsletter so if you haven’t yet, go ahead and sign up.  You can just enter your email address in the form to the right.

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PWP 36 | Parents Who Deal With the Crushing Guilt of Parenthood

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Do you ever feel guilty for yelling at your kids?  For not spending enough time with them?  For doing something you feel like could mess them up for life?

There is so much guilt that comes with parenting.

Where does it come from?

What do we do about it?

And not just psychologically, but on a practical “I have to do something about this TODAY” kind of level.

Guilt is a universal human feeling, but it doesn’t mean it has to be all-consuming.

In this episode I share:

  • what guilt looks like for me (I’m not super proud to confess that one of the things I feel most guilty about is that sometimes I yell)
  • practical solutions for dealing with guilt on a daily basis, along with
  • longer term solutions to try to curb the onset of guilt
  • what feeling guilt really means and
  • where guilt comes from

Go behind the scenes with us in our FREE, private community of parents.  We post photos, videos, and insights as we think of them.  We also give on the spot help with any issues or questions you may have.

It’s free to join and you can get direct access to both Chris and I.

You can also

  • Visit our homepage to receive our FREE parenting resources, as well as two free children’s audio stories!
  • Follow me on Twitter @sarahwehkamp
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PWP 35 | When Parenthood Doesn’t Go as Planned

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What do you do when parenthood doesn’t go as planned?

 

Where and how are we even getting our definition of what parenthood is “supposed” to look like?

 

Why are people not speaking more truths around parenting and family life?

 

In this episode I share:

  • how to cope when you’re feeling frustrated that things don’t seem to be going as you always dreamed they would, or how things seem to be going for everyone else around you.
  • I open up about how parenthood has not gone as planned for Chris and I
  • how I found out that Baby A can now open the doors in our house
  • why I got a $75 fine for celebrating Chris’s birthday and
  • the best non-advice my Dr. gave me before leaving the hospital with the big boys (spoiler: it made Chris really mad).

Go behind the scenes with us in our FREE, private community of parents.  We post photos, videos, and insights as we think of them.  We also give on the spot help with any issues or questions you may have.

It’s free to join and you can get direct access to both Chris and I.

You can also

  • Visit our homepage to receive our FREE parenting resources, as well as two free children’s audio stories!
  • Follow me on Twitter @sarahwehkamp