On The Hard Days

Megan Champion

If you're raising an out-of-the-box kid, you've likely struggled with doubt, guilt, and shame in your motherhood. "Am I crazy?" you've likely wondered. "What am I doing wrong?" You've probably never met another mother raising a neurodiverse child like yours, and truth be told, your mental health has suffered. Host Megan Champion gets it and has a mission to bring connection and support to mothers raising neurodiverse children. Each week, a brave and vulnerable mom shares her story to the world, in the hopes of helping listeners feel seen, heard, and validated. Whether your child has a diagnosis or not, if you feel lonely in your motherhood journey, On The Hard Days is for you. Follow Megan @on.the.hard.days on Instagram for personalized messages of hope and support (DMs are ALWAYS open!). Then subscribe to On The Hard Days and share the show with other moms in the trenches. No one knows our kids better than we do, and we are MEANT to be their mothers! read less
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Episodes

Ep.202 Mom Chantelle Stieghan on Facing Motherhood Struggles With Humor & Rolling With the (Literal) Punches
Dec 4 2023
Ep.202 Mom Chantelle Stieghan on Facing Motherhood Struggles With Humor & Rolling With the (Literal) Punches
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Chantelle. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The lack of support when living in a foreign country-When doctors have never heard of the struggles your child is facing-Eating disorders as part of being neurodivergent-How ADHD can look so different in different kids-How emotional it is to feel alone in your struggles-Trying to advocate for your child in a different language than your native tongue-How exciting it is to find a resource that helps-Chantelle's children's books that she made up for her children - on sale on Amazon! Find them here: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Chantelle-Stieghan/Please shower Chantelle with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 230K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.201 Mom Felicia Watkins on Stopping the Cycles of Self-Gaslighting and Judging How She Parents Her Neurodivergent Kids
Nov 27 2023
Ep.201 Mom Felicia Watkins on Stopping the Cycles of Self-Gaslighting and Judging How She Parents Her Neurodivergent Kids
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Felicia. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Raising multiple children with Autism-Learning how to stop self-gaslighting when looking at your child's struggles-The exhaustion she feels from trying to meet the needs of all of her kids-Rolling with the punches while establishing your household "norms"-How she's practicing self-love with less judgementPlease shower Felicia with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 230K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.199 Mom Stephanie Fluger on Asking For Help: Learning to Let Go of Control, Shed Guilt & Anger, and Actually Take Care of Yourself
Oct 30 2023
Ep.199 Mom Stephanie Fluger on Asking For Help: Learning to Let Go of Control, Shed Guilt & Anger, and Actually Take Care of Yourself
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Stephanie. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The hardships of raising a non-verbal toddler and a baby during Covid with very limited resources.-Relearning how to ask for help and take care of herself as a stay-at-home mom.-When everything just feels like too much-Feeling like we have to do everything and letting go of control-Why did she feel so angry all the time?-How she now feels that exercise isn't self-care - it's a necessity.-How hormone imbalance adds to our challengesPlease shower Stephanie with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 225K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.198 Mom Cathy Shields on Acceptance & Understanding of a Neurodivergent Young Adult
Oct 23 2023
Ep.198 Mom Cathy Shields on Acceptance & Understanding of a Neurodivergent Young Adult
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Cathy. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Please shower Cathy with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.Find Cathy at cathyshieldswriter.com!** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to almost 220K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.197 Dad Rob Gorski on the "Sudden Detour" of a Massive Regression & Parenting the Kid, Not the Diagnosis
Oct 16 2023
Ep.197 Dad Rob Gorski on the "Sudden Detour" of a Massive Regression & Parenting the Kid, Not the Diagnosis
About This Episode: Today's brand new episode features a dad!!  I'm talking with Dad Rob Gorski. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-How challenging a massive regression was for him to process-How fevers brought back the "old" child - and going through the grief all over again-What "survival mode" looked like for him-How he channeled his struggles into writing and podcasting-What life looked like as a single dad - and how he chose to focus on positivity-How to compassionately hold his kids accountable for tough behaviorsWant to connect with Rob? Go to theautismdad.com and specialneedsohio.com.Please shower Rob with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom (or dad!) who needs to hear his story.** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to almost 220K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.196 Mom Taylor Alexander on Surviving & Prioritizing What's Important When Managing a Whole Family With ADHD
Oct 9 2023
Ep.196 Mom Taylor Alexander on Surviving & Prioritizing What's Important When Managing a Whole Family With ADHD
About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Taylor. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-How she received an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood and what ADHD looks like for her-How ADHD looks differently in girls vs. boys-The process of acquiring stimulant medication for multiple people in the family at the same time.-How hard it is to leave the house as a family - always preparing for the worst-case scenario-Figuring out true priorities and what she can let goPlease shower Taylor with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.** HUGE NEWS!! Our next Mothers Together "Open House"  is coming up at the end of the year! At Open House, you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to almost 220K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.194 (Replay): Dad Brent Nohl on How Therapy & Meds For YOU Help Your Neurodivergent Kids Become the Best Versions of Themselves
Aug 7 2023
Ep.194 (Replay): Dad Brent Nohl on How Therapy & Meds For YOU Help Your Neurodivergent Kids Become the Best Versions of Themselves
About This Episode: Dad Bren was the first in a series of dads to join me on the show. He was so vulnerable in sharing what it's like from a dad's perspective to raise a neurodivergent child with challenging behaviors. I'm so excited to you all to hear what he has to say - and if YOU know a dad who might benefit from hearing Brent's story, please send him this episode! Here's just some of what we discussed:-Frightening febrile seizures-Play therapy experience with a child with severe ADHD-Hearing negative self talk with Mood Disregulation Disorder-When your child is on a cocktail of drugs for physical and mental health-Accepting your child isn't an extension of you and that you can only help them with acceptance-Marriage counseling works - after objecting to it for a long time-Realizing you have to parent him differently, and how weird that looks to everyone else-Being on high alert all the time** HUGE NEWS!! For the first time ever, I'm hosting a Mothers Together "Open House" - a free, 5 day challenge where you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to 200K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.193 Mom Courtney Welsh on How Working Through Post-Natal Depression Helped Shape a Positive Mindset to Raise Her Neurodivergent Child
Jul 24 2023
Ep.193 Mom Courtney Welsh on How Working Through Post-Natal Depression Helped Shape a Positive Mindset to Raise Her Neurodivergent Child
"I could only find people talking about all the negatives or all the positives. There was no middle ground."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Courtney. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-What apraxia of speech looked like in her child-Loneliness during the postnatal depression period-How she handled judgmental comments from others-Finding a balance of what to share and how to share it to create a safe space for other moms-How toxic positivity makes moms of ND kids feel guilty-How she made a conscious decision not to judge anyone else and now spreads a message of kindness and gracePlease shower Courtney with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.** HUGE NEWS!! For the first time ever, I'm hosting a Mothers Together "Open House" - a free, 5 day challenge where you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to almost 200K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.192 Mom Hannah Mira on How Learning About & Understanding *Herself* Through a Late Autism Diagnosis & Therapy Has Changed How She Parents Her Neurodivergent Kid
Jul 10 2023
Ep.192 Mom Hannah Mira on How Learning About & Understanding *Herself* Through a Late Autism Diagnosis & Therapy Has Changed How She Parents Her Neurodivergent Kid
"It's not about being a perfect parent - it's about being a reflective parent."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Hannah. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Learning about yourself as a neurodivergent mom to help understand your child-How challenging it is to advocate for your child-Transitions can be so tough - how she handles them-Repairing with your child (often)-How therapy (and EMDR) has helped her so much-How important it is to get alone time, despite how hard it is to make happen-Figuring out what works for you and applying it to your parentingPlease shower Hannah with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.** HUGE NEWS!! For the first time ever, I'm hosting a Mothers Together "Open House" - a free, 5 day challenge where you'll walk away with actual connections to real moms just like you AND the validation you deserve but often don't receive. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you a taste of how inclusive, safe, and judgment-free the Mothers Together community is. If you are ready to meet other moms like you, please join us for Open House! Here's the link to sign up: mothers-together.com/openhouse. See you there!I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 180K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.191 Mom Caroline on Adjusting Your Expectations as a Military Spouse & Facing Your Own Mental Health Diagnosis as a Mental Health Professional
Jul 3 2023
Ep.191 Mom Caroline on Adjusting Your Expectations as a Military Spouse & Facing Your Own Mental Health Diagnosis as a Mental Health Professional
"I could do it all, but I deserve to not have to."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Caroline. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Life as a military spouse during deployment-Sensory struggles, feeding disorders, and Autism-Infancy trauma (sick with RSV, traumatic birth) - how does that fit with who a child is?-Facing your own mental health struggles as a mental health professional-What is Cyclothymia (mild Bipolar Disorder)?-Fixated behaviors - what do they look like and what is the cause of them?-The pros and cons of receiving a diagnosis for your child-Adjusting your expectations and keeping safety as the priority-Going to therapy as a therapistPlease shower Caroline with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story. **Exciting news! I've launched a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @on.the.hard.days, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 180K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.190 Mom Vanessa Dittman on Living a Life of Daily Triage & Trauma With a Medically Complex, Neurodivergent Child With Behavioral Challenges (Even With the Support of a Service Dog)
Jun 26 2023
Ep.190 Mom Vanessa Dittman on Living a Life of Daily Triage & Trauma With a Medically Complex, Neurodivergent Child With Behavioral Challenges (Even With the Support of a Service Dog)
"He gets into almost life-ending harm often...there's a whole list of behaviors that are just really scary."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Vanessa. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-What behaviors are caused by genetic mutations vs. Autism/ADHD, etc?-Constantly monitoring her child's heart health and the stress that causes-How a service dog has vastly improved their home-The stress of doctor appointments for ND kids-Bloodwork, restraint, heart monitoring, and growth hormones - where is the priority?-How the daily behavioral challenges are often harder than the medical complexities.-Trying to keep her child in school with a lack of support.-Living one minute at a time - it's so hard.Please shower Vanessa with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story. You can reach out to Vanessa through email: finch.vanessa@gmail.com**Exciting news! I've launched a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @on.the.hard.days, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 175K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.189 Mom Brittney Smith on Managing Her Stress Levels In Helping Her Child With Extreme Sensory Needs & Food Struggles
Jun 19 2023
Ep.189 Mom Brittney Smith on Managing Her Stress Levels In Helping Her Child With Extreme Sensory Needs & Food Struggles
"You have to look for the joy....it is there, it can be found. But you have to look for it - it's easy to miss if you don't."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Brittney. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Severe sensory issues around food when her child was a toddler and started feeding therapy-Bowel issues and not taking basic bodily functions for granted-The importance of finding the right therapists for sensory issues-How magnesium helped her child with constipation-The challenges of monitoring your kid's bathroom issues and food struggles-How she is trying to be more present in the moment rather than worrying about what's ahead-What it looks like to advocate for her neurodivergent spousePlease shower Brittney with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.**Exciting news! I've launched a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @on.the.hard.days, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 175K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.188 Mama Monday: Mom Jeannie Ewing On Shifting Expectations, Accepting Regressions, And Riding The Rollercoaster Of Emotions As A Parent Of Neurodivergent Kids
Jun 12 2023
Ep.188 Mama Monday: Mom Jeannie Ewing On Shifting Expectations, Accepting Regressions, And Riding The Rollercoaster Of Emotions As A Parent Of Neurodivergent Kids
"I had to grieve the loss of the life I thought we were going to have."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Jeannie. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Jeannie shares her personal journey of struggling with infertility and having five children, three of whom have been diagnosed with neurodiversity, including a rare genetic condition called Apert Syndrome. -The importance of having a supportive team of specialists and professionals who can provide guidance and suggestions for testing and addressing additional conditions -The ongoing struggle of feeling a sense of loneliness and disconnection when friends with neurotypical children talk about their everyday lives. -Letting go of rigid expectations and techniques found in parenting guides and rely more on her intuition and building strong relationships with her children. Please shower Jeannie with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.**Exciting news! I've launched a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @on.the.hard.days, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 175K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.187 Mama Monday: Mom Whitney Price on How Finding The Right Community, Educational Fit, and Therapies Make All The DIfference in Raising a Neurodivergent Child
Jun 5 2023
Ep.187 Mama Monday: Mom Whitney Price on How Finding The Right Community, Educational Fit, and Therapies Make All The DIfference in Raising a Neurodivergent Child
"There's going to be a lot of negative...you have to find your own positive."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Whitney. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The impact of the pandemic on her son's therapy and evaluations-The need for accessible resources, therapies, and emotional support groups for families with children on the autism spectrum-The role of therapy for Whitney in building confidence, managing anxiety, and developing coping mechanisms- How ABA therapy was a lifeline for her child-How important an IEP can be for a special needs childPlease shower Whitney with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story. You can find Whitney on IG @asd_life_with_me.**Exciting news! I've launched a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @on.the.hard.days, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 165K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.186 Mama Monday: Mom Lisa Candera on "Sanity Management" and Redirecting Our Brains Away from Worrying & Catastrophizing About Our Neurodivergent Kids
May 29 2023
Ep.186 Mama Monday: Mom Lisa Candera on "Sanity Management" and Redirecting Our Brains Away from Worrying & Catastrophizing About Our Neurodivergent Kids
"Our brains will always find the junk aisle of thoughts." About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Lisa. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-Growing up with a neurodivergent sibling-What it's like in the early years with a "hit the ground running" mentality, trying various approaches, programs, and therapies through trial and error.-How her fear and sadness were often suppressed by staying busy and constantly seeking solutions, avoiding fully confronting the emotions associated with her journey.-Self-confidence erosion: How constant decision-making and challenges eroded her self-confidence as a parent, making it harder to make decisions.-How society has ingrained the idea that self-care for moms is optional or selfish. Undoing these beliefs and prioritizing self-care requires unpacking years of conditioning and societal expectations.Please shower Lisa with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story. You can find Lisa at theautismmomcoach.com.**Exciting news! I'm launching a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @ on the hard days, with dots in between each word, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 165K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.185 Mama Monday: Mom Lauren Goeke on the Brokenness of the Educational & Medical Systems, Lack of Holistic Approaches to Treating Neurodivergent Kids, and How This Motivates Her to Keep Going
May 22 2023
Ep.185 Mama Monday: Mom Lauren Goeke on the Brokenness of the Educational & Medical Systems, Lack of Holistic Approaches to Treating Neurodivergent Kids, and How This Motivates Her to Keep Going
"Safety cannot be the reason why a place is not a good fit."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Lauren. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The realization that not everyone is on your team-How daycare settings can have a lack of safety protocols and understanding from educators about neurodivergent children.-The use of correct educational terminology to effectively communicate a child's needs.-The importance of fostering curiosity and perseverance in your child's educational journey.- The dilemma of choosing between different school options-The transition from physical outbursts to verbal ones and the need for independent regulation skills. Please shower Lauren with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story. You can email Lauren at: lgoeke22@gmail.com**Exciting news! I'm launching a newsletter! I love connecting with you guys – through email, in my Instagram DMs, and in my Mothers Together community, and of course here on the show. But recently I realized that I’d love to be able to provide you with a one-stop-shop where I can share ALL the things – from products we use in my home to accounts I follow to personal stories about my life as a mom of neurodivergent kids. My newsletter, called the “On The Hard Days” newsletter, is the best way to do that! In addition to sharing pieces of my life and my favorites with you, this newsletter gives YOU the chance to share what’s on your heart! I’ll be accepting your original work – whether it’s a poem, a piece of art, a short story about a recent win you had, or even a video of your original music, to put into the newsletter! I’m also going to share your recommended self-care tips (you know, real self-care that’s practical for moms like us), links to my new merch, and more! I’m really excited about this, honestly. The only thing I need from you in order to get the newsletter to you is your email address. To send that my way, you have a couple of options. Go to ontheharddays.com/newsletter to put your email address there or you can DM me on Instagram @ on the hard days, with dots in between each word, and say “newsletter” with your email address in the message. The On The Hard Days newsletter launches soon, so get on my email list asap! As always, thank you so much for your endless support. I hope I can continue to provide you the same validation you guys give me! I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 165K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!
Ep.183 Mama Monday: Mom Breanna Akers on Taking Care of Your Mental Health & Staying True to Your Identity When Homeschooling Neurodivergent Kids
May 8 2023
Ep.183 Mama Monday: Mom Breanna Akers on Taking Care of Your Mental Health & Staying True to Your Identity When Homeschooling Neurodivergent Kids
"We have to really know what's important, and what not to add in."About This Episode: It's Mama Monday! This week, I'm talking with mom Breanna. I loved this whole conversation and I know you will too! Here are just some of the topics we discussed:-The challenges of homeschooling her children while dealing with a demanding work schedule and managing their needs at the same time.-The role of flexibility in managing her kids' sensory needs and dysregulation.-How Breanna takes care of herself and stays true to her identity-The importance of leaning on faith and showing weakness-The challenges of letting go of control and letting Breanna's husband handle things without hovering.-The planning process for homeschooling, including choosing a curriculum and adapting it for her kids.Please shower Breanna with love and support by SHARING this episode with a mom who needs to hear her story.I ALWAYS welcome YOUR thoughts! Feel free to DM me on IG (@on.the.hard.days) or email me: megan@mothers-together.com. This podcast is what it is because of YOU.And speaking of the podcast, YOU all recently got my show to over 160K downloads. Thank you!The best way to keep this podcast download streak is to:1) Subscribe to the podcast - your device will automatically download new episodes!2) Share the show with others - think therapists, pediatricians, and teachers!3) Leave a rating/review for the show - the Apple algorithm will push the show out to more moms who need the support and validation!THANK YOU, so very much, for your continued support!