Imagination and Play – Building Stronger and Healthy Kids! Shannon Guernsey of Planet Fassa 4/27/12

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download at no charge in ITunes!

Do you remember the joy of play? Did you spend hours upon hours pretending to be a pirate or a princess? Did you make mud pie creations worthy of a four star restaurant? Did you pretend to be on a safari as you climbed the trees in your back yard?

In today’s technological world, the pull of electronic play time is very strong.  From a young age, kids learn how to interact with technology.  Technology is a good thing, but it can often be a strong pull away from outdoor and creative  play.

Shannon Guernsey joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her site, Planet FassaPlanet Fassa is an interactive site that encourages creativity, imagination and outdoor play.  Through a series of online books, kids will learn technology skills, but also be encouraged to bond with the characters, hone their reading skills, and get out into the world and play!
Shannon and the Mom of Many Hats discussed the impact of play for kids and families.  Among the very important and relevant ideas about why it is necessary, were a few some key points that we all need to remember when it comes to allowing free play for those young ones that we have a responsibility to:world and play! At Planet Fassa, families will find 6 interactive books with a great cast of characters, and prompts for hours of activities, as well as a points system to encourage kids to participate in imaginative, creative, and offline play.

  • Play is a basic right for children and necessary to a child’s development.
  • Play and imagination hone problem solving skills and forward thinking.
  • As parents, caretakers, and teachers, we need to empower kids to be creative, play, and understand who they are.
  • Families, teachers, and caretakers create the extended “village” that creates opportunities for kids to use their imagination.

To hear the entire discussion click the here.

About Shannon Guernsey

Shannon Guernsey has a heart for helping children see the greatness, the creativity, and the imagination that is hidden inside of them.  Her goal is to help them reach their A-Ha moment as they unlock the limitless bounds of their imaginations.  Under the pen name S. Mooo, Shannon has written 6 interactive online books for kids to explore the vastness of their own potential to create limitless stories and  fun in their free play. To connect with and to lean more about Shannon, join her on Twitter @S_Moooo or on Facebook.

Learn more about Planet Fassa by visiting family site at www.planetfassa.com. For fun activities and parenting tips, visit the Planet Fassa Blog at   www.planetfassa.com/blog. Yo

 

Do You Love to Eat? Beth Aldrich on Mom of Many Hats Radio 04/20/12

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download at no charge in ITunes!

Are you too busy to be healthy? Do you think that in order to eat healthy has to be a battle between you, your will, and the taste buds of your family?

Beth Aldrich, healthy living and nutrition expert, joinrf Mom of Many Hats Radio to shed light on how we can transform our eating habits, and our attitude about food.  In her expertise, she knows that as real moms, we love food and we love to eat.  We don’t want to feel deprived as we move to a healthy lifestyle, and we certainly don’t want to battle our families either. Beth shared her strategies from her book Real Moms Love to Eat, that can help us realize that our love affair with food doesn’t have to come to an end, just so we can get back on the healthy track.

We All Have Issues! 

Beth addressed many issues that moms and women in general face when trying to adopt a healthy eating and living lifestyle.  Getting ourselves on track and our families on board isn’t always an easy task! In this broadcast Mom of Many Hats – Angie, and Beth discussed many sticking points as well as tips to get over the stumbling blocks to healthy eating. Some of the issues we talked about were:

  • Take small steps in making changes to a healthier food lifestyle. Too much change at once can be overwhelming.
  • Focus on the things you can do – empower your decisions.  Focusing on the “can’ts” can make the change much tougher.
  • Realize that we are in dysfunctional relationships with many of our favorite food friends (salt, sugar, carbs, fats).  We need to evaluate them and make them  healthy relationships.
  • Our relationship with food is often a very emotional one.  We need to address emotions attached to food and see if there is anything we need to change about the reasons we need or crave particular foods.
Beth also shared her favorite recipes from the extensive list of recipes provided in her book.  Her mouth watering recipes are sure to tempt even the pickiest of eaters!
About Beth Aldrich

Beth Aldrich is the Author of Real Moms Love to Eat. the founder ofRealMomsLoveToEat.com and a certified Health Coach.  She is a green living expert, an author, and a speaker. She is also the founder of For Her Information Media, LLC.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and her three sons.

Live Inspired and Feed Your Spirit with Michelle Sedas!

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download at no charge in ITunes!

Are you constantly doing for others? Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, but still spend what little energy you have on others? Do you feel  guilty saying no and taking time for yourself?

Inspirational author, Michelle Sedas joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her inspiration and experience resulted in her beautiful book Live Inspired.  We discussed how you can stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul. Taking the time to feed our own spirits makes us better able to feed the spirits of those we love.

As moms, and as women, we often give and give until we have nothing left to give.  It is so easy for us to get into the cycle of pouring out of the pitcher, but not taking the time to fill it up.  We love our children and want to do for them, exist for them, and give them our all.  But at the end of the day, if we try to pour from an empty pitcher, everyone ends up thirsty.

Michelle shared pearls of wisdom that she has learned and clung to in her own journey as a woman and as a mother.  These things have helped her to  live inspired everyday. Michelle gave these inspiring gems to our listeners to help them refill, refresh, and live inspired too:

  • If we stay busy, we feel we are doing right. We need to slow down and drink in the moments.
  • Women that know the importance of self-care are the women that shine. We need to take care of ourselves.
  • We only have one life to live.  This is it, so, act now!
  • There is nothing in life that at some point can’t be laughed at.
  • Get in touch with what sets you on fire.
  • Mix it up!

Michelle Sedas is the author of Welcome The Rain, Live Inspired, and the coauthor ofThe Power of 10%. She is the cofounder of Running Moms Rock and the host of the Inspired Living Cafe.  She randomly writes a blog, fittingly titled: What’s Running Through My Mind… random musings by Michelle Sedas

To purchase or learn more about Michelle’s books and to read her blog, visit MichelleSedas.com

You can also connect with Michelle on Twitter: @MichelleSedas or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichelleSedasAuthor

College Bound and Gagged with Dr. Nancy Berk

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download at no charge in ITunes!

Do you feel like you are about to lose your sanity as you are trying to help your kid find their path?  Is the war of the ages playing out in your household as you navigate the battlegrounds of relationships, finance, and the college application process?

Nancy Berk Ph.D, joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her funny, but informative take on helping your kid get into college without losing your savings, your relationship, or your mind.  Having gone through the process twice herself, and having the insight of a therapist AND college professor, Nancy’s comedic approach and explanation of the process is sure to put a grin on your face and lighten the dark night of the college prep experience. She shared her humor and her expertise with us on Mom of Many Hats Radio!

Getting our kids off to college is a learning curve.  Even if we have more than one child and have gone through the process before, we are still stressed about the process. Dr. Nancy Berk advises us about how we can manage that stress. She gave us the following tips:

  • We should realize that there is more than one perfect place for our child – and to remind our child of that.  If we or our kids think that there is a single perfect place, we are setting ourselves up for disaster.
  • As parents, we have anxiety about our kids taking their SATs and ACTs, but our kids have just as much or even more. We need to relax and contain our anxiety to help them through it.
  • As parents we have dreams about where and what they should be, but in reality, it is their dream, not ours. As parents we need to back off and for the most part let them drive the process
  • We need to understand and see where we need to direct, push and pull a bit to keep the process going –  our life  experience and management skills can help them meet deadlines.  But, our children will be successful in the process if we allow them to drive the process, write their own essays, and do some of the problem solving and investigating in the process.
  • What we can do as parents is work with our kids strengths and weaknesses to help them find the right place, maintain a good relationship with them, and maintain some of our  savings.
To listen to the entire broadcast, click the listening link above. 

Dr. Nancy Berk is an award-winning humorist who puts life on the couch for a laugh. A stand-up comic armed with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and the skills of a therapist, professor, and researcher, she’s been described as “Dr. Phil meets Tina Fey”. Her latest book COLLEGE BOUND AND GAGGED: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind, tackles the tightrope millions of parents walk during the college process by throwing them a net and some laughs. Her book can be found at Amazon. To enjoy more of her humor about life and her insight, visit Whine at 9 – her weekly podcast.

DrugFreeAZ – What Parents and Kids Need to Know About Substances

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download at no charge in ITunes!

Did you know that drug use and drug addiction is not only a problem with illegal substances?  Did you know that kids can get their hands on “designer” substances – substances that are similar to the illegal kind, but sold legally? Do you know that YOU play an important role in preventing substance abuse in your family?

If you are a parent, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Kim Obert, Program Manager, and Shirley Baum, Board Member of DrugfreeAZ.org joined Mom of Many Hats Radio for an important discussion on drug use in Arizona.  Although the discussion is based on Arizona statistics, this discussion is for everyone across the country, as Arizona is a snapshot of what is happening across our country.

Our discussion with Kim and Shirley included the trends in the use of substances. From prescription drugs, to illicit drugs, to designer drugs, our children are at risk from the use of substances that are harmful and addictive. With the average age of first use being 13 years old,  and an increase in the use and availability of substances, it is important for parents to have conversations early and often with their kids about healthy living and the dangers and risks of drug use and abuse. To have those conversations, parents and kids need to be armed with information.

Many of us know something about the commonly known substances such as marijuana, ecstasy, meth, alcohol and tobacco. Shirley and Kim shared information about “designer drugs” – substances that are often sold legally, but are used to simulate the affects of other substances.  Among those are “bath salts”, “glass cleaner”, “plant food”, “spice”, and others. They provided us with information for us as parents to use if we are suspicious about something we hear or see in our child’s possession. They also shared with us the things  that we can look for in behavior that may signal there is something that we should investigate – mainly, a substantial and marked change in their behavior.  As parents, they suggested that we “trust our gut”.

Our conversation also included resources on how we can open up dialogue with our kids about healthy living choices and drugs.  They provided 12 Steps in 2012 to build a better relationship with your child. Some highlights are:

  • Be a role model to your child.
  • Listen to your teens, avoid interrupting.
  • Help them to discover the feeling of gratitude.
  • Create scenarios and act out with your child, how they would handle a situation involving drugs.
For a complete list of the 12 Steps in 2012, and to listen the important information in the broadcast, Listen HERE. For additional information and resources visit DrugFreeAZ.Org.

Join the conversation LIVE on Friday at 5PM EST! Call in with questions or comments at  877-864-4869 .  Tweet with us at #MMHradio.  Live chat with us through the link at the top of the page.  Or Join the Facebook conversation! We’d love to hear from you and have you be a part of the discussion!

My Kid is Going To College! How Am I Going To Pay For It??

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download FREE from ITunes!

 

Do you have a child heading off to college in the fall?  Are you stressed over the costs?  Does the idea of finding financial aid overwhelm you? 

Jodi Okun of  College Financial Advisors joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to discuss the daunting and often confusing process funding a college education for your child.  She shared her tips and knowledge of the processes, the resources, and the challenges that families face as they walk through the financial aid maze.

With all of the different types of financial aid and college funding options, understanding what you should apply for and what you may qualify for is not easy.  Jodi shared the difference between needs based, free money, and self help money options for financing college. She also shared the importance of filling out the proper financial aid forms  - the FAFSA  and often times also the CSS profile.

Jodi shared the following tips with our listeners:

  • Parents should include the students in on the college finance conversations
  • Parents and students should understand the terms of the aid ie: if it is a loan, when re-payment is to begin
  • To find grants and scholarship options, do a search in your browser for the type you are looking for. There are all kinds of grants and scholarships out there!
  • Apply, Apply, Apply for scholarships. Prior to college, use summer and winter breaks to fill out applications.  Continue to apply after college starts – there are funds out there for students already in college!
  • Look at sites such as Zinch, FinAid, and FastWeb for financial aid opportunities.
About Jodi Okun

Jodi is the founder of College Financial Aid Consultants where she helps families through the daunting and often confusing process of procuring financial aid. Through her guidance, families and students learn about different types of financial aid such as grants, loans and scholarships. Her assistance helps to ease the process of seeking out assistance, and filling out the multitude of forms required for application. She streamlines and organizes the process by helping families with timelines and meeting deadlines, and by walking them through this milestone step in their child’s and the family’s life.

Jodi is a Financial Aid Consultant at Occidental College and the host of the weekly Twitter Chat #CollegeCash at 10:00 PM EST each Thursday.

Join the conversation LIVE on Friday at 5PM EST! Call in with questions or comments at                                       877-864-4869                  .  Tweet with us at #MMHradio.  Live chat with us through the link at the top of the page.  Or Join the Facebook conversation! We’d love to hear from you and have you be a part of the discussion!

Discover Organizing With Jill Yesko! 2/24/12

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download FREE from ITunes!

Tired of living with the stress of too

much “stuff?”

Discover how wonderful it feels to free up your mind to focus on the creative and important decisions instead of worrying about juggling clutter! ~ Discover Organizing Inc.

Jill Yesko of Discover Organizing joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to talk about the benefits of organization.  Jill shared tips on where to start when it seems too big of a task to tackle, how we can take small steps to reach our organizational goals, and how organizing can help open up creativity.

Organization can help to combat the chaos in our everyday lives.  By organizing, we can recapture calm and clarity in homes and businesses. Clearing out, cleaning up, and creating a place for the things that we feel we need in our spaces brings order and structure  in day to day functioning. Organization creates a structure and routine that frees our environment and our minds to concentrate on and nurture things other than our “stuff.”

But, organizing is sometimes a challenge - especially when the task seems so big.

Jill shared some great tips for starting the organization process. Among those tips were:

  • Start in a place of your own sanctuary – ie. the master bedroom
  • Set and state small reachable goals – not a general broad stated goal
  • Use a four box system – Keep, Toss, Sell, Donate
  • Use clear boxes for storing and organizing

Jill is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. The goal of her company, Discover Organizing is to make lives better through sharing and teaching organization skills and pracitices both in the home and in the workplace!

To hear more about Jill and Discover Organizing, follow the listening links above.  There are great tips and information waiting for you to help you get started on organizing your space, and simplifying your life!

Candy Hearts, Valentines, and Loving Your Kids

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download FREE from ITunes!

February 14th is just around the corner…

It’s the day we celebrate LOVE!

For a sweet heart, we send candy, flowers, a romantic note, make  a special dinner to espress our love. Billions of candy hearts with little sayings that fly about in this second week of February with expressions of love and desire give sentiments of sweetness and romance.  Love is in the air, on our minds and in the store.  It is a potpourri of chocolate, love notes, longings and affection.

But how do we express our love to our kids? How do we define it? Can we define it?

On this special day of love, we give them little love notes made of hearts with x’s and o’s.  As parents we purchase their Valentines day cards, help them decorate their Valentine party mailbox, and send them off with sweets for their friends.  We even send our share of those billions of candy hearts – which, by the way, I contend we should sort through before sending them with the little ones (have you seen some of those sayings?) Do we save our expression of love for one day in February?

Of course we love our children; that is what we DO as parents. But we can’t really define what that means.  We can find other adjectives that describe it, but LOVE can’t really be contained and pinned down.  It doesn’t really stand as an adjective, and not really a noun.  It’s more of a verb – an action word, an expression. Love is action that we take every day in the raising of our children.  It is in boundaries and limits, fostering creativity, knowing where they are, letting them fail, and loving them through it.  Love is an active thing that we do AND say. Our children may not always like the actions that show we love them at the moment, but they will look back and know they were loved.  The

Listen to today’s full broadcast as Angie Mozilo, Mom of Many Hats shares what she has learned in her journey in parenthood, about actively loving her children every day.  She dedicates this episode to her three beautiful daughters whom she loves unceasingly, whether it is Valentine’s day or not.

Planet Explorers – Learning Adventure! 4th Friday

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download FREE from ITunes!

Do you love to travel?  Do you love to travel with your kids?

We travel with our children for a lot of different reasons.  Often times it is out of necessity to visit family or attend a particular event.  Sometimes it is because we are contemplating a move and are getting a feel for the area.  Sometimes, it is just for fun!

For whatever the reason, travel can always be an adventure and time for learning.  Laura Schaefer, author of the Planet Explorers Series joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her innovated and creative approach to making travel a fun, educational, and interactive experience.  Through combining today’s mobile technologies with the natural curiosity of kids,  Laura has created a fantastic travel companion that will keep kids engaged and wanting to learn more about the places they are visiting.

The Planet Explorer’s series is a collection of E-Book interactive travel guides that can be downloaded to just about any handheld mobile communication device, or PC.  The books are a great way to learn about a destination before traveling, or while visiting a travel destination.  The guide is geared toward the 3rd to 4th grade audience.  It is an easy to read and interactive way to get kids interested in the sights they are seeing.  The book contains links to local landmarks, points of interest, and information on local culture and icons. Information is at the touch of a screen, engaging the kids in the electronic world they are immersed in, yet enhances the experience of being out in the world as they learn about travel spots, not just by seeing them, but by learning about them too.

Laura began writing professionally in 2001 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin.  In addition to ten e-book Planet Explorers Books, Laura is also the author of The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2008) and the Secret Ingredient (2011).  She developed a love for travel as a child as she traveled with her family.  She shares that love today through Planet Explorers. Her love of writing, and her creative spirit lead  her to the path that she is on now – creating an educational travel experience.  She is truly drawn to this project and is able to follow her heart, and her creative spirit in bringing destinations and learning adventures to the hands and minds of kids.

Currently there are 10 Planet Explorers guides available.  They include cities, theme parks, and cruise adventures.  She hopes to bring to collection to 25 in the near future and expand the destinations to include more cities, and national parks as well.  To see the available titles visit Planet Explorers on Amazon, or her Planet Explorers Site. To learn about her other writings, visit Teashopgirls.com

Join the conversation LIVE on Friday at 5PM EST! Call in with questions or comments at                           877-864-4869            .  Tweet with us at #MMHradio.  Live chat with us through the link at the top of the page.  Or Join the Facebook conversation! We’d love to hear from you and have you be a part of the discussion

Martial and Mental Enrichment, 2nd Friday Parenting Hat! 1-13-12

To hear this broadcast, click HERE.  To listen to any or all of the Mom of Many Hats Radio broadcasts, click HERE , or click PODCAST GAL or the Podcast Gal on the sidebar to download FREE from ITunes!

Do you have a child with ADD or ADHD?  Are you looking for ways to help your child focus?

Attention Deficits and Hyper Activity can be a challenge for parents as well as children.  Lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior can create stressors in the home, in school, and in social relationships.  When a child has difficulty organizing daily tasks and activities, playing quietly, or working patiently within a group, the experience and environment for the child may not be the  as beneficial as it could be.  It may also be a challenge for others in the group.

Each child is an individual and should be evaluated and have the best course of treatment or management tools for their individual needs. Mom of Many Hats Radio guest Tiffany Richards shares with us the tool of Martial Arts, that may be beneficial in helping some children with focus and clarity. Tiffany Richards of Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Studio joined Mom of Many Hats Radio today to talk about a program launch that is specially designed for children with ADD or ADHD.  In her time instructing Martial Arts, Tiffany noticed the benefits for children with attention differences saw in focus, following instructions and attention.  With the partnership of a world renowned psychologist, Tiffany designed the Martial and Mental Enrichment Program (ME) to directly benefit children with ADD and ADHD.

Tiffany shared the four “times” that the program emphasizes:

  • Screen Time – time spent in front of electronics
  • Green Time – time spent outside or away from screens and moving
  • Me Time - focused time together
  • Clean Time –  exampling and modeling what is expected

Tiffany also shared that the program utilizes exercise/movement, novelty, and emotional stimulation to connect with kids and help them focus and concentrate on principals of Karate.  Through the focus and concentration required of the Martial Art, she has noticed improvements as well as some parents noticed improvement in focus and clarity.

To learn more about the ME program and the program guidelines, or the Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Studio, please visit http://peacefulwarriorphx.com/ .  To find out about a special event for information about Martial and Mental Enrichment on January 18, 2012, and other news visit the Peaceful Warrior blog at http://peacefulwarriorphx.blogspot.com/

Join the conversation LIVE on Friday at 5PM EST! Call in with questions or comments at              877-864-4869      .  Tweet with us at #MMHradio.  Live chat with us through the link at the top of the page.  Or Join the Facebook conversation! We’d love to hear from you and have you be a part of the discussion!