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 Baby Sleep with Jami Kent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:25:29

Sleep Consultant Jami Kent discusses common questions related to baby sleep, including how to transition from swaddling.  She also shares with us the importance of customizing sleep schedules for each individual child’s sleep needs. To learn more from Jami or to arrange a personal sleep consultation visit B.B. Sleep Solutions at

 A New Way To Look at the World: Photography | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:32:16

Shelly discusses how to look at things in a different way and spell your family name with things around your house or in a building.  Nancy interviews an expert on taking beach photos.  Make sure you check out the photos on the website to see the great results and read comments from Steffani on her reactions! These are Shelly’s Results: These are our friend Steffani’s results and her comments about how this has helped her kids: “I let them each child take the camera and find things around the house that could look like the letters in their first name. After they took the pictures, we edited them on our computer, cropping them so that the most important part was revealing the letter.  It was a ton of fun.  I have our last name one printed up in a small oblong frame and underneath “Packer” it says, “Home is where the most important things happen” because all of the things we used for our letters were found in our own home. I want to have their first names printed out in 4×6 and deco-page them to wooden blocks to put in their room.  That part hasn’t happened yet.  But . . .  I have noticed that the kids (after doing this–even CY) are always pointing things out as we drive or go places.  ”Hey, that looks like an M! or  K!”  I think it is helpful in their brain development and creativity to think outside the box.

 Bringing a Child Home for School | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:31:54

Stacey talks about her courageous decision to bring one child home from school.  This is a great discussion about listening to the needs of your child and helping them become the best person they can be.

 Busy Couples–Making it Work with Kathy Peel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:26:46

Kathy Peel, America’s Family Manager,  discusses how do couples divvy up laundry, kitchen duty and other household jobs–fairly and without resentment. Kathy’s new book is a great follow-up to her Busy Mom’s Guide (we consider it our moms bible).

 Organizing the Pantry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:30:41

Organizing expert Laura Lawrence and the MOM Podcast (Moms on a Mission) hosts discuss how to get your pantry organized.  Laura is the host of The Organized Woman show. Check out Nancy’s Before and After Pantry Pictures. Here is the mess before.  See how I used baskets but did not keep everything straight.     I put it all on the counter in categories so I could see how many I had of things (6 cans of coconut milk). Here is the pantry without anything.  See the lazy susans that Laura suggested?  I got mine at Ikea for only $7 each (one of the only things I bought to do this renovation even though I really wanted to go shopping!) After some organization and purging, I got it to a manageable pile I could put back in.  I even had enough room to bring up other things from my basement storage. See the smile on my face!  I have been able to keep it up for a month so the future looks good!

 When Life Throws You a Curve | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:25:29

Sometimes what you expect to happen in life is not what you get.   We discuss how we have dealt with these times in our own lives and what we have learned from the experiences.

 Helping our Kids Grow Up Well | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:33:17

Dr. James D MacArthur, author of Everyday Parents Raising Great Kids discusses one simple thing we can do as parents to make all the difference in our children’s development.  If you do nothing else, this can change the way you parent and the life of your child.

 Having Pets and Mourning their Passing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:23:59

We discuss having pets and when one dies or has to go to a different family.  We talk how kids deal with the situation and how we as moms feel as well as when is the best time to have a pet.

 Can Too Many Toys Be Detrimental? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:16:31

Mark Hamilton, CEO of Just Ask Baby, discusses findings that show that too many toys can be very detrimental to their development.  “The Truth About Toys for Infants” written by eminent child development expert David Elkind Ph.D. and available as a free download from It lifts the lid on the inherent conflict between manufacturers’ need to generate profits and children’s need to learn and develop. In the report, Professor Elkind cautions against buying too many different toys, particularly ones that may over-stimulate a child. “A toy-packed crib presents the infant with too many colors, shapes, textures and sounds at one time, which can overwhelm an infant,” said Professor Elkind, Just Ask Baby’s Chief Scientific Advisor. “The golden rule of providing toys for a child is less is best.” According to Professor Elkind, author of more than a dozen books including “The Hurried Child” and “The Power of Play,” infants process information much more slowly than adults. “A baby learns a great deal from playing with the same toy over an extended period of time,” he said. “Variety may be the spice of life, but not when it comes to infant learning.” “This is not what toy manufacturers want parents to know,” says Mark Hamilton, founder of Just Ask Baby. “The toy industry is a multi-million dollar business, and parents are faced with a barrage of advertising trying to sell them toys for their children, regardless of whether they are good for children’s development or not,” said Hamilton. “Many advertisements even make parents feel that some toys have educational benefits, when the scientific evidence in Professor Elkind’s report points to the opposite conclusion.” “A young infant may learn most from a set of colorful wooden blocks, which they can use to learn and understand shape and texture,” said Hamilton. “But there is more money in selling parents a ‘baby laptop’ and associated games and add-ons, for example, than in selling wooden blocks.” Just Ask Baby, a company and the world’s first broadcast-quality online, on-demand TV channel for parents, released a free e-book that details how too many different toys can actually hinder the development of infants, and provides some tips for parents wondering what toys are best for their children.

 PTPA Products and Video Monitor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:15:53

We talk to Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA Media) about several products that solve problems.  Then we talk about the Levana 20 Baby Monitor. To learn more about these products, listen to the podcast and click below. Too Many Monkeys:  Primo the Monkey was fast asleep until his friends swung by for a surprise pajama party! Help Primo chase away the primate pranksters by flipping and swapping cards in numerical order. Watch out for elephants and giraffes who want to crash in on the fun. And if you’re lucky, draw a wild monkey card to clear out the room in one clean sweep! The first player to stop the monkey mayhem and get Primo back to bed wins.  View this Winning Product Parrot Hands Free Device:  Click Here     The Levana 20 Baby Monitor Includes: Digital video and audio signals between camera and monitor are secure and interference free Rechargeable monitor comes with ENERGY STAR qualified adapter Night vision allows you to monitor your child around the clock Standby mode allows you to turn off the monitor’s screen and be alerted only when your child makes noise The camera helps soothe your child with lullabies and a built-in night light

 Turning a Passion into a Business | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:25:26

Illustrator Sarah Jane Wright discusses how she turned her passion for art into a business that now employs others in only a few years.  Check out her discussion and her blog at See Sarah Jane’s comments on her experience recording with Babies and Moms.

 Intentional Creation Part 2: 7 Common Problems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:25:06

Rita Harrison discusses the 7 most common areas that people have weaknesses in.  If you haven’t taken the FREE assessment, take it and learn what you can do to strengthen your life.

 Intentional Creation Part 1: The Assessment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:19:00

Rita Harrison discusses the FREE Intentional Creation Assessment and how you can take it.  We also discuss our feelings about it.  In Part 2, we discuss the 7 most common areas that people have weaknesses in.  So, take the assessment after listening to the show and then listen next week to learn what you can do to strengthen your life.

 When Kids Lie (Part 2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:24:41

We continue the discussion of what to do when kids lie with Claire Lerner, Director of parent resources at Zero to Three.

 Products that Solve Problems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:21:12

We discuss products that solve problems such as fear of monsters and nightmares, kids who won’t wear winter hats, getting stains out, creating family memories, calling hands free while driving, games for the family, and the way to keep your floor really clean.  We talk to the mom-creator of Bye Bye Monster Shop and Sharon of Parent Tested Parent Approved. Monster Spray Zooni’s Hats and Gloves QuickNBrite (enter the code freepaste, you will get a free 12 oz paste with any $20 order. That is a $14 free gift) My Memories Suite (click here to save 25%) Parent Tested Parent Approved Website  (locate Parrot, No More Monkeys and the Shark)


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