Episode 146: Love & Resist with Dr. Tara Cousineau

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On Episode 146, Leslie and Tesi fall in love with Tara Cousineau, PhD, clinical psychologist, meditation teacher, well-being researcher, and author of the new book The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and the World (available February 2018). Dr. Cousineau discusses her cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience and teaches simple practices of kindness that can dissolve our feelings of fear and habits of indifference. The women discuss with great enthusiasm and passion the belief that a practice of kindness can revolutionize our lives and just might save the world!

Also discussed in the episode:

  • How to train yourself to respond to the world with kindness
  • A new vocabulary of care: kindsight, kindfulness
  • How to nurture compassion, mindfulness, and social and emotional learning in our everyday lives
  • The neurology of kindness and compassion

Find Tara online: website | facebook | links to articles by Tara | twitter

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Episode 145: Things of Beauty (A look back at the art & culture of 2017)

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On Episode 145 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi discuss their Top Ten Cultural Influences of 2017 and share the hopes they hold for the new year. The episode is filled with laughter, book/movie/music recommendations, and a bit of motivation for 2018. The main message: Take a minute to laugh with your sisters. And as we rush into 2018, remember that whomever you love, whatever you do, and wherever you go, you can live this year like a Mama Bear.

Be sure to check the Mama Bear social media where the winner of the Empower Tanzania earrings was announced!

Top Ten Things of Beauty Experienced in 2017

  1. Another Round (podcast)
  2. Hamilton (still can't get enough!)
  3. Mama Bear's Manifesto: A Moms' Group Guide to Changing the World (book)
  4. Kehinde Wiley & Amy Sherald (art)
  5. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalinithi (book)
  6. Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert (book)
  7. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie (book)
  8. We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nahisi Coates (book)
  9. The Crown (TV series)
  10. The Greatest Showman (movie)

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Episode 144: On Immigration, Compassion, & Complexity with Cynthia Vanderpool Desalegn

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On this throwback episode of Mama Bear Dares, Leslie and Tesi talk to Cynthia Vanderpool Desalegn about immigration, advocacy, and neighborliness. Cynthia, mom to two children and an immigration lawyer, explains what it's like to be on the front lines of immigration in America. Together, the three dig into the immigration process, compassion fatigue, and the complexities of the system of immigration. Cynthia offers a look into a fascinating world, gently educating us and encouraging us to live our lives well.

Other points discussed:

  • Her journey and the draw to immigration law
  • The very real perils of compassion fatigue
  • The necessity of Mama Bear boundaries
  • Immigration in the current political landscape
  • A breakdown of immigration and a simplified answer to the question, How does it work?
  • Are community and connection antidotes to fear and rhetoric?
  • How do you begin to know your neighbor?

LINKS:

The novel Americannah, written by the fabulous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is a fantastic depiction of an immigration experience in our current culture. Read it! :-)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies has a few great Ted Talks. Click here to view a favorite!

Episode 17 | Episode 3

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Cynthia mentions reading The Enchantress of Florence. You can find it HERE.

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Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

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Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 143: Nothing of Value Separates Us with Tara Livesay

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On Episode 143 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie dig back into the archives for an interview with Tara Livesay, a native Minnesotan who has spent the last 10 years living with her family in Haiti. Tara is a mother (by birth and adoption), Certified Professional Midwife, blogger, and advocate for sustainable change throughout the developing world. She and the team at Heartline Ministries spend their days empowering, educating, and encouraging women in Haiti through relational midwifery and a focus on keeping first families together.

Tesi and Leslie loved the time spent with Tara and were blown away by her vulnerability, bravery, and extraordinarily good humor. Listeners will enjoy hearing Tara's fascinating tales of worth, wisdom, and a life well-lived (in Haiti!)... and may even be inspired to think about social change and the ways that they can make waves in their own small corner of the world.

Also discussed on the podcast:

  • A discussion of self worth: What stories do we tell ourselves about what we are and are not capable of? How do guilt and shame inform what's possible in the future?
  • The road to healing — counseling, speaking your truth, being in control of your own narrative
  • The complexity of adoption and its root in loss
  • What does it take to move a family to a developing nation? A discussion of language, community, and living through the unexpected (not to mention an earthquake!)
  • The act of writing as therapy, the responsibility of sharing the story of others, and the privilege of first-person reporting
  • The work of Heartline Ministries and the emphasis on orphan prevention and keeping first-families in tact through empowerment and education
  • The role of deep and trusting relationships during labor and delivery to promote safe birth. (Stayed tuned for Heartline expansion of relational midwifery!)
  • Orphanage tourism and the complex nature of compassion. Who benefits? Who is harmed?

Links:

Tara's Blog | Heartline Ministries | Donate to Heartline

Listen to meditation coach Angie Sands in (Episode 31) .

Empower Tanzania

Momastery + Together Rising + Tara on Momastery

Christian Missionary Alliance

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Episode 142: Peace Out, Patriarchy! (AKA The HOLIDAY EPISODE!)

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On Episode 142 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi have a little fun with their holiday episode ... but not before discussing the election of Doug Jones in Alabama, gerrymandering, supporting Black businesses, #METOO, and the will to bid adieu to the patriarchy. After hashing out the headlines, the pair digs into two long-overdue segments: Things I Should Probably Feel Guilty About, But Don't and The Obsess Sesh. The episode ends with a dare to seek joy, laughter, and relaxation this holiday season. Cheers!

LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

(A few) past podcast episodes discussing toxic masculinity and rape culture:  Episode 134 | Episode 105 | Episode 95 | Episode 75 | Episode 67

OBSESS SESH:

Leslie is obsessed with the idea of a record player (here's the one she's hoping her son will tire of quickly so that she can take possession) | Her 2018 Plum Paper Planner | Statement Tees

Tesi is currently loving Christmas pjs | Burt's Bees with a hint of color | Pureology Haircare


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Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

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Episode 141: Loud, Bold, & Joyful with Jamie Bruesehoff

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On Episode 141 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Jamie Bruesehoff, a fierce Mama Bear ally and advocate of transgender people. Jamie shares her beautiful story of raising three children, the oldest of whom is a strong and precocious transgirl. She is unabashedly honest about her journey and her advocacy and graciously educates listeners on how to be supportive to the marginalized throughout the globe. The conversation tackles many aspects of being transgender in the United States and is tender, honest, and full of hope. Tesi and Leslie hang on Jamie's every last word as she generously unpacks what it's like to mother a transgender child, explores the ways in which we all might struggle and thrive when our expectations are not met, talks about current state and national laws protecting those in the LGBTQIA community, and opens up about her Christian response our country's much-obsessed over social issues.

Also discussed on this episode:

  • Tempering our maternal expectations and letting our children lead the way
  • Bringing Mama Bear to life and turning her rage to action
  • Definition of gender and sexuality
  • Legal protection for transgender people in the United States
  • Degrees of privilege among the marginalized
  • Humility and grace in advocacy

Love Jamie and want more? Here's where you'll find her:

Website | Twitter | Insta | Facebook

HELPFUL LINKS FROM JAMIE:

BOOKS

Pictures Books:
Red: A Crayon's Story By Michael Hall
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
It's Okay to Sparkle by Avery Jackson
When Kayla Was Kyle by Amy Fabrikant
Annie's Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids

Middle Grades Fiction:
George by Alex Gino
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
The Other Boy by M. Hennessey

Young Adult:
Magnus Chase and the Gods Of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Being Jazz: by Jazz Jennings
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Some Assembly Required: The Not So Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by: Arin Andrews

Adults:
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron
Raising Ryland: Our Journey of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached by Hillary Whittington
The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity: A Mindful Approach to Embracing Your Child's Authentic Self by Darlene Tando
The Transgender Child or The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill

ORGANIZATIONS

National Center for Transgender Equality is for mama bears interested in staying in the loop advocacy-wise. Their website and social media is a great place to stay connected. They have state by state information available on their website as well. https://transequality.org/

Also, for specifically school related stuff, GLSEN is an incredible resource. They have local chapters and the national organization. They put out really helpful documents and lesson plans for educators, parents, and beyond. www.glsen.org

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

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Episode 140: Love & Chores

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On Episode 140 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hostesses Leslie and Tesi sit down and discuss a powerful TED Talk given by mama bear Julie Lythcott-Haims that left them both nodding their heads with great enthusiasm. The talk, entitled How to Raise Successful Kids Without Over Parenting, is less than 10 minutes long but drives home something that both hosts believe in their core: Our kids need to be loved and they need to do chores. Tesi and Leslie spend the episode celebrating and dissecting Lythcott-Haims theory and strengthening the message with their own research and experience. They end with a brand-new little segment they aptly titled CHORES OUR KIDS DO THAT DRIVE US RIGHT UP TO INSANE BUT WE LET EM DO IT BECAUSE #INDEPENDENCE. We think you'll love it!

LINKS:

Buy her book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, HERE.

Stock up for the holidays and support our work for clean water: BUY JEWELRY HERE!!

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Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 139: Parent Pioneers with Mike Becker and Kori Reed

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On Episode 139 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Mike Becker and Kori Reed, a couple with over twenty years of counter-cultural parenting experience—Mike has spent his career as a stay-at-home dad while working mom Kori has had a career spanning global companies. The conversation is delightful and insightful, and explores the duos contemporary perspective on parenting and their new book, ZagZig Parenting. Listeners will catch a glimpse of their relationship, hear honest talk about the emotional weight of their choices, explore the societal expectations of men and women, and explore the natural consequences (good and bad) of varying parenting styles under the same roof.

Love Kori & Mike and want more? Here are a few LINKS:

Kori & Mike are online! Find them here: Website | Twitter | Insta | Facebook

Buy the book! You'll find ZagZig Parenting HERE or HERE!

Articles mentioned in the introduction can be found HERE and HERE.

David Foster Wallace's beautiful commencement address can be found HERE.

And, of course, Brene Brown.

Give Clean Water for Christmas!

We've got handmade jewelry for the holidays! 100% of your purchase goes to clean water solutions in Tanzania through Empower Tanzania! Shop HERE!

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 138: Exhausted & Energized (A Water Party Re-Cap)

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On Episode 138 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hostesses Leslie and Tesi sit down and talk about Water Party 2017, an annual event that the two hosts throw with a group of fierce Mama Bears in their community. The party occurred in an empty warehouse space on November 11th, and after just a few days to decompress, the women discuss their collective exhaustion and appreciation, re-cap the WHY of the work they did, and dig up a few take-aways that result from planning a massive fundraising effort with a group of powerful women. Ultimately, this episode is an honest reflection and celebration. (Stay tuned to the end for a final number...and reason to celebrate!)

LINKS:

The WATER PARTY is a transformative event!

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Check out this video about our efforts. This video highlights last year's success and this year's goal:

This year, we raised money for Empower Tanzania. You've heard about them HERE.

Have you read Leslie's book, Mama Bear's Manifesto: A Moms' Group Guide to Changing the World?! You should! Buy it here (or anywhere you buy books)!

We mention in the podcast that we raised money for charity: water in our first Water Party. You might like to hear more about this organization on this podcast.

Stock up for the holidays and support our work for clean water: BUY JEWELRY HERE!!

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Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 137: Free To Be Me with Nikki Yeager

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On Episode 137 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie sits down with the delightful Nikki Yeager, entrepreneur, mother, and founder of Every Bean Boutique, a source for non-gendered clothing. The women talk about children's fashion, societal norms, and, in particular, how gendered children's clothing has come to be. It's an interesting conversation that spans the horizon; the women discuss gender norms, sustainability, and parenting in the way that feels right to you and your family. Listeners will be encouraged to consider the impact of everyday choices in purchasing and parenting, all the while giving themselves grace in each moment.

 

Also discussed in the episode:

  • Gender-neutral language and a new wave of compassion
  • Sustainable fashion and how we can do better without feeling overwhelmed
  • How to have difficult conversations about hot-button topics
  • Childcare in America (Hey, Mama Bear!)

LINKS:

Find Nikki online: Check out EVERY BEAN BOUTIQUE online and on Facebook.

Shop the Black Friday sale HERE. Check out Clothes Without Limits HERE.

Use the promo code $5OFF1ST at everybean.boutique for savings on your first order!

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion book reference in the podcast can be found HERE.

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 136: Husbands, Brothers, & Kale

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On Episode 136 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, we revisit a past conversation between Tesi, Jake (Leslie's hubby) and Zach (Tesi's husband) about embracing a plant-based diet. The convo took place while Leslie was in East Africa with the NGO she contracts with, Empower Tanzania. In this one-time-only appearance of male voices on the podcast, Tesi and the pair of brothers discuss their plant-based lifestyle, offer resources for those interested in learning more, and share anecdotes about how becoming vegan has impacted their health and their lives. Finally, in a nod to the ever-present phenomena of "Mommy Guilt," they tackle "Daddy Guilt" and try to determine whether or not it truly exists. (Hint: It does!)

Segments include When You Know Better, You Do Better and Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About But Don't.

LINKS:

The Rich Roll Podcast

Further reading on processed meats as carcinogens.

Further reading on cancer and lifestyle choices.

Jake's carpentry skills can be revisited on Episode 4: Tackling Man Tasks and in this Blog Post

A Vitamix makes the plant-based lifestyle so much more appealing! It's miraculous!

Jonathan Safron Foer's Eating Animals is fantastic.

Learn more about John Joseph here: Book | Podcast with Rich Roll

Documentaries mentioned: Cowspiracy | Forks Over Knives | Food, Inc. | Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

NY Times article on why dieting never works.

Meditation app Leslie and Tesi use.

Online yoga practice Jake uses.

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

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Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

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Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the beats!

Episode 135: Treating People, Not Pain with Dr. Carrie Hardy

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On Episode 135 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi grabs the mic for a conversation with Dr. Carrie Hardy, a woman, friend, past Navy hospital corpsman, and physician who was recommended by a listener as a valuable resource to all of us. With the recent opioid crisis on our minds, Tesi and Carrie dive into pain management, healthcare in America, and treating people rather than symptoms. This episode of the podcast provides great information and personal experiences that listeners will learn from and is meant to prompt further thought about our health as individuals as well as the well being of our families. 

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Alternative therapies and proactive healthcare
  • The economics of good health
  • The heart behind the medical professional and the business of being better

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Dr. Hardy online on her website. | Find a doctor like Dr. Hardy in your area HERE.


Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 134: The Birds, the Bees, and Beyond (#metoo)

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On Episode 134 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi talk about the recent social media phenomenon #metoo and what it means for them as women, as people in relationship with men, and as mothers. They sift through the collective cultural response, talk about strategies to use to educate their tweens and teens, how to show up for suffering friends, and how to talk to the men in their lives about gender equality, harassment, and assault. Their deeply held belief that we can all do better once we know better is at the forefront of this episode and the two women hope listeners will listen and feel empowered by the conversations on "me too."

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Episode 88: It's Never One Person's Work | Episode 30: Gorilla, Rape Culture, and the Role of Parents | Episode 116: Sex, God, & Politics with Kara Haug | Amy Schumer's "Grape"


Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 133: Progress Over Perfection in Parenting with Heather Chauvin

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On Episode 133 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi sit down with the dynamic Heather Chauvin. A mom, thought leader, podcaster, and altogether wise women. Heather's mission is to "crack women open to their deep potential and help them create the life their soul craves" and the conversation recorded in this interview reveals just that. The women talk about their journeys to motherhood, the strength we each hold within, and ultimately point to the power of mindfulness and meditation as a transformative parenting technique for all involved. The conversation is honest and hopeful— so much so that listeners will feel inspired to take back their joy in parenting.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How becoming a parent might shift your world
  • The power that stems from self acceptance and believe
  • Meditation and mindfulness; meditation and mindfulness in kids
  • Paying attention to the thing you don't have time for

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Heather online:  Website

Listen to Heather's podcast, Mom is in Control.

Find Heather's interviews with other mindful parenting experts HERE.

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 132: Talking Kids through Tragedy (Again)

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On Episode 132 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi find themselves once again trying to find the language to respond to the events of the world as mothers tasked with helping their children navigate life in America in 2017. The two women offer their experiences in talking to their children ranging in age from young elementary to tweenager to teens. They discuss strategies that will help parents engage their children during anxious times such as the one Americans find themselves in currently after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, after multiple natural disasters, and after Charlottesville. Finally, the women look for HOPE in the midst of heartache and explore one way to keep it alive.


Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

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Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 131: The Power of Proximity with Shannan Martin

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On Episode 131 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi grabs the mic and sits down with Shannan Martin, a mom, writer, and advocate for those on the fringes. Shannan makes her second appearance on the podcast and she and Tesi continue their conversation about Shannan's her book Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted through a discussion of community, neighborliness, committing to relationships with those to whom you are connected by proximity, and being an advocate for the voiceless when opportunities arise. Through their conversation, Shannan and Tesi will inspire listeners to reflect on the meaning of kindness, their social position in America, and the ways in which they interact with their community and the world around them.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What does it mean to be a neighbor? What do we gain by cultivating community?
  • The value of entering into relationships...even when it's awkward
  • The constant struggle and gift of listening to the voice of God in our lives
  • Moving to a new neighborhood that is outside the bubble you've always belonged in
  • What is hospitality? What does it look like? What does it taste like?

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Listen to Episode 106: When the Earth Shakes Underneath You with Shannan Martin

Find Shannan online:  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Buy Shannan's book, Falling Free, HERE!

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 130: Hearts A Flutter

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On Episode 130 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi do their best to lighten things up a bit. After an intense week (natural disasters, healthcare, #TakeAKnee), the sisters decide to spend the episode checking in on the lighter side of life and dare their listeners to do the same. They discuss life happenings, what's poking at Tesi at the moment, and Leslie's short foray into Native American healing. The women hope listeners will follow their lead: Grab a girlfriend, discuss the things that move you, and share stories. Doing so will give your Mama Bear the strength to carry on.


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Episode 129: Grief and Goodness with Cari Roberts

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On Episode 129 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Cari Roberts, a guest nominated by a listener for her activism, love, and belief in the good. Immediately smitten by Cari's lovely personality, the hosts dive deep into her story, the challenges she's had to overcome, and how she has been changed because of them. The three women discuss everything from the grief that followed the tragic death of Cari's parents to the way we can talk to our teenagers about hard things to raising chickens in the backyard. Somehow, it's a conversation that's simultaneously deep, difficult, and an absolutely delightful.

Also discussed during this episode:

  • Grief
  • Mental illness
  • Suicide and talking about suicide
  • Teaching Children and One Another Kindness
  • Yelp reviews and what they reveal about our humanity
  • How hard things can lead to activisim
  • How children learn what they live

Find 13 Reasons Why HERE and 13 Reasons Why Not Links: Here | Here

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Episode 128: The Privilege Pipeline

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On Episode 128 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi continue the theme of talking about education in America. On this episode, they focus on the ways in which even the most progressive and earnest among us perpetuate segregation in our public schools. It's a tricky subject, but the hosts bring their hearts...and their hours of research...to the table in order to shed a bit more light on the subject. Drawing from personal experience and many, many fantastic articles and podcasts, Tesi and Leslie continue to encourage one another (and their listeners) to pay attention to systematic racism, publicly funded injustice, and the stories of the marginalized. In doing so, they endeavor to engage their Mama Bears on the path toward justice and equality in America.


Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

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Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

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Episode 127: Learning Differences & the Magnificent Brain with Elisheva Schwartz

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On Episode 127 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with the dynamic Elisheva Schwartz, a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife, intelligence re-definer, and podcast host. The hosts are enthralled by Elisheva's story (by third grade she was being kicked out of class and into the hallway, by fifth grade she was getting suspended, and by the time she was a junior in high school she had dropped out school all together unsure if the classroom was the place for her) and by her Mama Bear instinct to not only own and explore her experiences, but to share her fire and know-how with others dealing with learning differences and challenging school settings. Elisheva shares her expert knowledge on dyslexia, learning differences, self actualization and holistic human flourishing and absolutely captivates Leslie and Tesi in the process. Listeners will leave the conversation brimming with empathy, compassion, and a renewed love of humankind.

Also discussed on this episode:

  • Dyslexia and learning differences in the United States (definition, prevalence, etc.)
  • How to hold reverence for the magnificence of the human brain
  • Misconceptions and mislabeling of different learning styles and types of intelligence
  • The human capacity to balance more than one emotion at a single time
  • The importance of accepting your struggles and giving voice to them for the benefit of others
  • A new definition of self care

Elisheva is offering a new online course this September on dyslexia and self-esteem for middle school children called “How To Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem, Even If The School Is Tearing It Down.” This course will offer valuable information and support for parents who feel overwhelmed and want guidance on boosting their children's self-esteem.

Check out more about Elisheva, her work, and how to sign up for the course | Visit Elisheva's website | Listen to her podcast | Check out @thedyslexiaquest on Instagram and Facebook

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Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!