Mama Now Conversations
38 Co-Parenting with Our Partners

38 Co-Parenting with Our Partners

July 29, 2019

In this episode Lee Lee and Marie talk about how they make parenting decisions with the other person they each parent with .. . in their case “the dads.” We hash out what it means to hold your partners' boundaries even if you don’t agree with them, or how we live with those in-the-moment parenting decisions that totally backfire.

37 Thinking about how to Compartmentalize

37 Thinking about how to Compartmentalize

July 15, 2019
In this episode, Marie and Lee Lee explore the different ways we all think we should use our time . . . and then how we then really use our time. Along the way we talk about the differences between working from home and away from home as moms and how our guilt and stress is can be more of a time suck than the things we actually need to want to do
36 Raising Twins (and, really, just kids!) with Dara Lovitz

36 Raising Twins (and, really, just kids!) with Dara Lovitz

July 1, 2019
In this episode, Marie and Lee Lee chat with Dara Lovitz, author of Twinsight: A Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Twins and mother of twin girls! We chat about the lessons Dara learned while writing her book, and what that looks like to apply those lessons to her own parenting. We also talk about what twin-parenting teaches all of us and get some insight into the various ways we all look for guidance on our parenting journey
35 Summer thoughts (reflecting on the school year and parenting for the summer)

35 Summer thoughts (reflecting on the school year and parenting for the summer)

June 17, 2019
Lee Lee and Marie reflect on the end of the school year and the start of summer. Along the way we talk about how our kids (and how we) deal with transitions. We also take some time to pause and think intentionally about what we want out of our summer - we hope you use this episode to pause and do the same for yourself!
34 Reading and Quality time with Charnaie Gordon

34 Reading and Quality time with Charnaie Gordon

June 3, 2019
Charnaie Gordon is the founder of Here Wee Read (http://hereweeread.com) and mom of two. She started her blog as a book reviewer who help people find fantastic diverse books for their families (after getting asked for children’s book recommendations from lots of friends and family!). She is also the founder of 50 states, 50 books (www.50states50books.net), where the mission is to help get 50 diverse children books into the hands of kids who need them in all 50 states 
33 Self-care with Lee Lee and Marie

33 Self-care with Lee Lee and Marie

May 29, 2019
In this episode, Lee Lee and Marie discuss self-care, a topic we have brought up a ton, but never focused on for a whole episode on! We talk about the two “criteria” for self-care and how we are reframing “self-care” as nurturing a relationship with yourself. We don’t get down on pedicures, but we do talk about ways to add layers of intentionality to the self-care or personal care that is already part of your life
32 Motherhood and shifting identities with Maria Lianos-Carbone

32 Motherhood and shifting identities with Maria Lianos-Carbone

April 28, 2019
In this episode Lee Lee and Marie and talk about mother, identity and the messy stuff in between with Maria Lianos-Carbone, author of Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year: Because Moms Need a Little TLC, Too!  We discuss the ways that motherhood can cost us all some of our own sense of self, and what it looks like to recover that self and identity while still being a parent. Along the way we also discuss depression, “performative” motherhood and so much more. 
 
Check out Maria’s writing at amotherworld.com and check out her book at https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Self-care-Survival-Guide-First/dp/1945547707/
31 Back to Work

31 Back to Work

April 9, 2019
In this episode, Lee Lee shares her thoughts and epiphanies as she takes on a new job where she actually leaves the house for a paycheck. Along the way, we talk about what makes work “worth it,” the way our children react to job transitions, and a bit of thinking about the ways a new job is great for the whole family.
30 Finding Yourself in Small Steps with Lisa Bobyak

30 Finding Yourself in Small Steps with Lisa Bobyak

March 26, 2019
In this episode, we talk to Lisa Bobyak about losing yourself and finding yourself in the space of motherhood. Along we way we discuss balance and the role of feelings and intention as we all seek meaning and balance in our lives as busy parents.

Check out Lisa's work at http://www.livingfullybalanced.com/

29 The Absurdity of Motherhood

29 The Absurdity of Motherhood

March 11, 2019
Lee Lee and Marie discuss the absurdities and hilarious contradictions of motherhood, including:
  • The ridiculousness that comes with being pregnant
  • The reality that breastfeeding hurts like hell, even when it’s supposed to be “life-giving”
  • How babies are beautiful and boring
  • The contradictions between societies expectations (“mothers are responsible for who their children are!”) and the realities (these children are their own little people!)
  • The analysis and deep thinking we bring to the most ridiculous situations our kids struggle with