Episode 86: Joy w/A Side of Desperation with Andrea Levoff

On Episode 86 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi go deep with Andrea Levoff, The Dope Ass Mom. Andrea is a writer, performer, stand-up comic (she's a Second City alum!) and mom to two. She's created a dope-ass web series that is purely comedic (and so, so funny!), but her message is earnest and aims to teach moms to find more joy in parenting. In the conversation between the three women, Andrea reveals her wisdom and shares her ongoing journey toward truth. The three women discuss what we can learn from our children, how we can guide them in their development into kind, loving human beings, how we can draw from our partner's strengths, how to let go of expectations and embrace the present, and how to ultimately find joy in the journey.

LINKS:

Here's where you can find Andrea. Go there now!

Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube


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Episode 75: Politics: Don't Let Them Paralyze, Allow Them to Propel

Regardless of the vote that you cast on Election Tuesday (which was two days ago, as of this podcast release), you're likely shaken by the months and months of drama and rhetoric leading up to the day and perhaps deeply surprised by the result. On Episode 75 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie discuss Tuesday's election honestly and with great vulnerability in hope of sorting through their own feelings, fears, and pain, all the while encouraging listeners to heal and move through this period with grace and love. Ultimately, they believe that Mama Bear is having her moment. She might be angry. She might be baffled. She might be thrilled or surprised by her own feelings. This podcast encourages all of us — no matter who you voted for — to access their Mama Bear for good.

Seven Suggestions for Post-Election Healing

  1. Step away from media
  2. Read a book, listen to music, binge watch Christmas movies, & play family board games
  3. GIVE (channel your energy into being the change for our nation)
  4. Nurture relationships that matter
  5. Take solace in the fact that there is nothing new under the sun
  6. Share a pot of soup with your neighbor and friend (when you're ready)
  7. Activate your Mama Bear

LINKS:

We've addressed several important issues on previous podcasts. You'll find a few, listed by theme, here:

Episode 23 (Immigration) | Episode 67 (Rape Culture) | Episode 73 (Racism)
Episode 48 (Women's issues)

Sexual assault links:

http://www.svfreenyc.org/volun_resources.html

https://www.rainn.org/get-involved

Racial justice links:

SURJ

BLMM

http://greatfutures.org/pages/waystogive.aspx?_ga=1.12737010.43999393.1478702949

http://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

http://www.naacp.org/find-local-unit/

Immigration links:

World Relief

https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=118896

https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/

http://immigrationforum.org/heartsmindslives/

http://www.borderangels.org/our-causes/

Muslim information and advocacy:

https://www.cair.com/cair-chapters.html

LGBTQ information and advocacy:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/donate-now/volunteer-opportunities

http://srlp.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Climate change:

https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Donation2?df_id=10960&10960.donation=form1&_ga=1.146521844.1974926048.1478708236

Cowspiracy

https://vault.sierraclub.org/ways-to-give/

Womanhood:

http://www.emilyslist.org/pages/entry/run-for-office

http://actnow.prochoiceamerica.org/signup/volunteer/?source=website#.WCSWOaOZPVp

http://nownyc.org/get-involved/

https://plannedparenthoodrccorpvolunteer.peoplefluent.com/index.html

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438163

https://secure.runningstartonline.org/page/contribute/onetimedonation

https://sheshouldrun.nationbuilder.com/donate


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Episode 69: How to Survive 14 Years of Marriage

It's one thing to stand at the altar dressed in your very best and tie the knot with your beloved in front of family and friends. It's another to live with your betrothed day in and day out for the next 14...25...50 years. On Episode 69 of the Mama Bear Dares podcasts, the hosts speak honestly about what marriage requires of two individuals hoping to make a life together. They sort through gender differences, how a union can become complicated by changes (jobs and kids, to name a few), and the enormous and unavoidable impact that the American culture has on the way we marry and (do our best to) stay married. It's a complex partnership that can be beautiful, but that is not always all that sexy. Co-hosts Leslie and Tesi tackle these ideas and then jump into a special marriage edition of a fan-favorite: Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About But Don't.

LINKS:

Tesi's blog post about marriage

Episode 38: The Horizontal Tango


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Episode 65: Ritual & Parenting

In Episode 65 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, hosts Tesi and Leslie introduce listeners to Kendra Thompson. Kendra is mother of two, a pastor, and a writer, and together the three woman focus the conversation on words like myth, habit, routine, ritual, vows, and discipline. Throughout the conversation the women play with these ideas as they try to understand how each of these rather grand-sounding terms fit into our lives. Tesi, Leslie, and Kendra enter this conversation from all sorts of angles: from a mothering standpoint, a spiritual standpoint, and from a partnership standpoint — focusing in on marriage in particular.

Other topics discussed:

  • The layers of serving God, leading a congregation, and raising a family
  • How to pray
  • The spiritual guidance and development of children
  • Recognizing your rituals
  • The spirituality of self-care

LINKS

Find Kendra on Twitter, Instagram, and on her BLOG

Check out the Wendell Berry poem, To My Mother, mentioned in the podcast


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