Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 1 (Episode 231)
Over this week and the next, Nathan and I have pulled the top ten podcast episodes of all time, and we are diving in to discuss them and our perspectives now.
We're brewing up some great ideas for the new year, and a biggie is that we want to hear from you! You'll hear sweet Jules share her own words on the podcast this week, and I highly recommend you do the survey for her beautiful gift to you. It touched my heart and I believe it will touch yours as well!
Wow did we love going through these topics again, and, by the length of this week's episode, you'll see that also means we had plenty to say about our thoughts right now, post 2020 and with the world we're in at this present moment.
We've grown a lot, right along with this podcast, and it was pretty fun to go back and see what we were saying then...and what we'd add now. And...Jules throws in some fun promo clips about the survey that I think are pretty cute. 🙂
So listen to this week's podcast, and then, if you want to go even deeper, go back to any of these past episodes and let us know your thoughts!
My Marriage Sucks (Episode 66)
In this episode, we hit the hard stuff about when you're hit with the realization that your marriage isn't where you hoped it would be. Some of the highlights are laying out what your goals are, and how you choose to prioritize them. We talk about "emotional ping pong" and having a reactive relationship, and share about clear communication....which isn't through a monologue.
We challenge you to share gratitude and appreciate the little things, with tips on how to do just that.
How to Nip Parenting Struggles In The Bud (Episode 76)
We cover a lot in here, like how there aren't "rollover minutes" in life, and you can't just wait for "one day" and hope things will work out then.
Little course corrections make a huge difference - and what you see happening now may not be acceptable as your child grows, so how are you helping them navigate their growing interactions with others?
We talked about being proactive vs. reactive, and if you're bringing your best (or worst) self to your family.
Here are three questions to ask yourself -
- Is this sustainable?
- Will I be okay with this 5 years from now?
- Do I feel confident that if my relationship continues as-is, we'll be happy 3 years from now?
If you are seeing actions that will ultimately create some unhealthy habits in adulthood, it's important to be proactive vs. hoping they'll "figure it out". We hash out ways to explore this and ensure you're bringing your best self forward first and foremost.
True Parenting Struggles: Screen Time (Episode 90)
In this episode, (and on the current episode where we hash it out), we really tackle screens in this current day and age.
Is it really about screen time usage at all...or are you navigating addiction or ignorance on how to utilize them for the positive?
What is your purpose for a screen at home? If it's a constant babysitter or where you kids go to "control their chaos", it's time to re-assess.
If you had a child with an addiction, you'd want to do anything you can to help them gain control of it. Yet I see parents "helpless" to get their kids off of screens...while they willingness pay the bills to keep those screens pulling their children further and further into their tunnel.
If you (or your children) aren't able to identify when they've had enough of tech time - just like food - then you need to build a life where you have control of it vs. it controlling you. Put some guidelines around what is healthy.
Serendipity, Unhurried Spaciousness, and Lots of Hot Air (Episode 115)
Do you allow for serendipity in your life, or do you schedule every second?
Are you - and your children- capable of seeing the need vs. being told what to do? Can you jump in and help even if clear instructions aren't given?
Are you getting intentional about what life you live? Do you simply react, or do you create space to rest, to assess, to re-evaluate and allow for those random situations that undoubtedly crop up?
BONUS - Breathe In, Breathe Out - Guided Meditation for Families
And finally, our 6th most listened to piece wasn't a podcast episode at all, but a guided meditation I created to start out your mornings.
I know how much a morning meditation can shift the trajectory for the day, and we're looking at the possibility of more like these for the new year.
And finally, you've heard about this new meditation with Jules, and we're so eager to share it with you! Simply click on the picture below to take the survey and access her 12 minute meditation.
Your Weekly Challenge:
We are grateful for all of you, for those who listen to the podcast, read the blog post, comment in the Unschooling Families facebook group, get involved in the 48 Days Eagles community, and more.
I love hearing from you and connecting both online and in person, and I'm glad you are a part of this Mama Says Namaste journey.
Let's make 2022 a beautiful year, intentionally writing the stories we want to create, and focusing on the gratitude that seems to make abundance spread in our lives.
And along the way, as we learn the languages for understanding differences and having grace for humanity, we all can celebrate how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. Namaste.
Questions or comments?
We love Q&A on the podcast, and cover all things that are a part of creating an intentional family.
Personality styles, marriage/intimacy, parenting, education, entrepreneurship, minimalism, travel...
What is pressing on your mind? Reach out and ask or comment - we may cover it on an upcoming podcast as well as respond by email.