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Episode 7: The Imperfection Connection with Gina (Terrasi) Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi

In an Instagram-perfect social media culture, these two sisters and authors of the book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! have started a movement of imperfection. They made me laugh and then they made me cry during our conversation as we talked about celebrating kids’ resilience and success, about the inspiration and support we’ve found in the special needs community, and about the gifts and personal growth that have come from imperfectly parenting our amazing and special children.

RESOURCES WE MENTIONED IN THIS WEEK’S EPISODE:

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children

The Movement of Imperfection website

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! Facebook community

Buddy Cruise

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Episode 6: Identity, Creativity, and Marriage

How do we keep our own identity and creative outlets despite the intense demands of special needs parenting? And how the heck do we keep a marriage strong at the same time? Photographer Kristin Chalmers and I talk about how she pursues her own creativity and self-expression while parenting two sons with special needs. She shares the strategies she and her husband have used to create an amazing marriage. And she offers some excellent advice about how families of kids with special needs can capture images ourselves and our children that honor all of our unique needs and differences.

RESOURCES We MENTIONED IN THIS WEEK’S EPISODE:

Kristin Chalmers Photography

Marital Bliss – A Wedding Photographer’s View on Marriage by Kristin Chalmers

Camphill Schools

Date Night with Tina Fey

Spectrum Inspired – Lifestyle Photography for families of kids on the Autism Spectrum

Wolf + Friends – Modern Shopping + Lifestyle Platform to Support Your Child’s Unique Developmental Needs

My Brother Has Autism. This Is What It Feels Like to Be His Sister. by Lulu Mann, Age 9

15 + Classroom Friendly Fidget Toys, Tools + Jewelry Ideas

January Moon (chewable jewelery)

Episode 5: Synch Your Cycle to Your To Do List

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If you like what you’re hearing, please leave a review on iTunes. This helps new listeners find the show. Here’s how to do it.

INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP?

I have a variety of juicy parenting, advocacy, wellness, and lifestyle and productivity topics scheduled for the coming weeks and months. Interested in sponsoring  an episode? Email me at lauren@laurenbellon.com.

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Episode 5: Synch Your Cycle To Your To Do List

Up, down, and all around. That’s how I used to feel as I navigated the tasks of motherhood, advocacy, and running a small business. Just as I’d start to get into a groove, my hormones would shift, and I’d feel derailed, frustrated, tired, and burned out. But over the years I’ve learned some special secrets from wise women about how to use the energy of each phase of my menstrual cycle to invite more ease, peace, and productivity into my life. This episode talks mothering and menstruation. Periods and parenting. I explore the ways we can use each part of our cycle to enhance our advocacy, self-care, and momming. Yes, even those two weeks before our period arrives have great value to offer if we know how to listen!

Resources I Mentioned in This Week’s Episode:

The Overwhelmed Mama’s Guide to More Help, Less Stress, and a Full Cup

The Sanctuary

Young Living Essential Oils

Progessence Plus

The Woman Code by Alissa Vitti

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup

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I love seeing your comments, questions, and thoughts. Here’s how you can reach me:

Leave a comment on the Mama Rising Facebook page
Chat with me via Instagram or Twitter using #MamaRising
Email me at lauren@laurenbellon.com.

If you like what you’re hearing, please leave a review on iTunes. This helps new listeners find the show. Here’s how to do it.

INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP?

I have a variety of juicy parenting, advocacy, wellness, and lifestyle and productivity topics scheduled for the coming weeks and months. Interested in sponsoring  an episode? Email me at lauren@laurenbellon.com.

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Mama Rising Episode 4: Dealing with Insensitive Comments

Episode 4: Dealing with Insensitive Comments

It’s a milestone that all special needs parents experience at some point. Repeatedly. Someone makes an insensitive comment and you have to decide how to respond. They’ve remarked about your child’s diagnosis or your parenting. They’ve implied that you’re doing it all wrong or declared you to be a superhero. And they’ve given you unsolicited advice that comes across exactly the wrong way. A listener’s question inspired this episode all about strategies for handling these super uncomfortable moments. I’m happy to share a few actionable tips and ideas for handling whatever nonsense might come your way from a well-meaning (or even a not-so-well-meaning) friend, family member, or stranger.


Resources I Mentioned in this Week’s Episode:

The Overwhelmed Mama’s Guide to More Help, Less Stress, and a Full Cup

Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering by Pema Chödrön

Essential Oils How To (my other online home)

Young Living Essential Oils

The Sanctuary

Episode 1: Triaging Self-Care

Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn Mein

The Feelings Kit (Young Living Essential Oils collection)

Vipassana/Insight Meditation

60+ Facebook Groups for Special Needs Families by Kathryn @ Singing Through the Rain

Find a Therapist

20 Alternatives to Saying “God wouldn’t give you more than you can handle” by Julia Roberts @ Support for Special Needs


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INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP?

I have a variety of juicy parenting, advocacy, wellness, and lifestyle and productivity topics scheduled for the coming weeks and months. Interested in sponsoring  an episode? Email me at lauren@laurenbellon.com.

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Mama Rising Episode 3: Bedtime Meditation for Kids

Episode 3: Bedtime Meditation for Kids

Today we have something simple to offer: a tried and true bedtime meditation for kids.

I started repeating this meditation aloud to my son every night at bedtime when he was just a year old. My daughter has been hearing it since birth! Eventually, I recorded it so that Dad could take over bedtime, which came in handy during some hospital stays my son went through. Several nurses actually requested a copy of the CD to keep on hand for other kids, and one asked me for a copy so she could listen to it herself at night! Enjoy!

RESOURCES MENTIONED:
TALK TO ME!

I love seeing your comments, questions, and thoughts. Here’s how you can reach me:

INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP?

I have a variety of juicy parenting, advocacy, wellness, and lifestyle and productivity topics scheduled for the coming weeks and months. Interested in sponsoring  an episode? Email me at lauren@laurenbellon.com.

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Episode 2: Fierce Advocacy with a Gentle Heart


Let’s get real for a moment.

Of all the hats I wear on this extreme parenting journey, the toughest and most exhausting for me by far has been that of an advocate.

So in addition to this week’s podcast, today I also have some extra help for you:

 DOWNLOAD The 5 Advocacy Mistakes Parents Make (and What to Do Instead

Mountains of redundant paperwork. Repeating painful memories for new team members. Endless hours on the phone untangling insurance issues. Year-long waiting lists for services and evaluations my child needs right now. Feeling the eye prickle and throat lump that preface tears in the midst of a meeting. Providers or teachers who don’t seem to get it. The ones who totally do but leave or retire.

Maybe you can relate.

Actually, I know you can. Because I’ve received numerous emails, messages, and comments already asking for help with this:

“The advocacy part is so tricky. Because you want to advocate hard for your kid, BUT you want whatever providers you are advocating to, to see themselves as on your kid’s team not on an opposing team. So it’s always such a delicate line to balance.” – M

“Maybe you can also do a segment on how to appear calm when you’re seething because you repeated yourself and they don’t appear to hear you…” – K

“…When I am advocating for my little boy, knowing I am fighting so hard to get him what he needs and deserves, it is so emotional, and I cry….I try so hard not to cry, but it all just means so much. I’m working on thinking of it all as a cold, stark business meeting!” – J

How do we balance being a fierce mama warrior advocate with diplomacy and tact? Is there a way to keep fighting the good fight without becoming bitter, angry, and oppositional? Can we be kind and compassionate and still make sure our child’s needs will be met?

I think so. And in this episode, I share 13 actionable ways to be a fierce advocate with a gentle heart.

Pay attention right now, though, because I don’t want you getting overwhelmed when you’re listening to the podcast. There is a lot here. So start by picking just one strategy.

Choose the one that resonates most or that you believe will make the most difference for you. Or perhaps the one that inspires the strong resistance for you (sometimes the idea I need ends up being the one I most resist!).

And again, take a peek at the companion guide for this podcast:

  DOWNLOAD The 5 Advocacy Mistakes Parents Make (and What to Do Instead)

Some of the topics explored:
  • Handling tears or anger so you can be the best advocate for your kid.
  • Balancing force with finesse.
  • How to stop feeling powerless in your advocacy efforts.
  • Keeping a great working relationship with your child’s team while still asking questions, communicating about problems, and addressing concerns.
  • The one mindset shift that is critical to effective advocacy.
  • What to do when your advocacy efforts aren’t working.
Resources mentioned:

Ice Diving Tutorial
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
IEPs vs 504s
Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide by Pamela and Peter Wright
The 5 Advocacy Mistakes Parents Make (and What to Do Instead)

Talk to me!

I love seeing your comments, questions, and thoughts. Here’s how you can reach me:

Interested in sponsorship?

I have a variety of juicy parenting, advocacy, wellness, and lifestyle and productivity topics scheduled for the coming weeks and months. Interested in sponsoring  an episode? Email me at lauren@laurenbellon.com.

Catch up on previous episodes

Here’s a complete listing of every episode.

Bonus

…Remember to get your copy of

  DOWNLOAD The 5 Advocacy Mistakes Parents Make (and What to Do Instead)

Mama Rising Episode #1

Episode 1: Triaging Self-Care

What do you do when it feels like there’s never enough time to get everything done? Never enough of you to go around? Every mama’s cup empties and needs a refill from time to time. But for parents of kids with special needs, refills can feel extra hard to find. I’m super psyched to kick off the first episode of Mama Rising with 8 specific ideas and tips you can use right now to triage your self-care, even during a chaos or crisis.

How to Listen:
  1. Stream It Here. Hit “play” on the podcast player embedded below. I’ll post the player in each episode’s show notes right here and on my blog.Click “play” above to listen. If the player isn’t visible, listen directly at SoundCloud.com, or use an app on your phone or tablet. Need more direction? Head on over to How to Listen.

 

Resources I Mentioned In This Week’s Episode:
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