Episode 237: Rebalancing the Domestic Workload with Eve Rodsky

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On Episode 237, Leslie and Tesi were thrilled to sit down with Eve Rodsky, the author of Reese Witherspoon’s October book pick, FAIR PLAY: A Game-Changing Solution For When You Have Too Much To Do (And More Life to Live). The women lament the mental load that so many of us shoulder, but ultimately celebrate Eve’s revolutionary system for rebalancing the domestic workload between partners, putting an end to the imbalance of “invisible work” that women do regardless of whether they work outside the home. The conversation is candid, insightful, full of facts and information, AND leaves listeners with the tools and the hope they so desperately need to create a practical solution that will ultimately save our sanity, identity, career, and partnerships.

Find more about Eve! Reese Witherspoon’s October Book Club! Website | FB | Insta | Further Reading | Youtube

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Episode 236: Faith & Fumes (Parenting Teens & Tweens) with Demi Austin Thomas

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On Episode 236 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with “The Tween Queen,” family expert Demi Austin Thomas. A well-respected parenting coach and exceedingly loving person, Demi helps families and parents navigate their way through difficult times. The three women enjoy an authentic, truth- and wisdom-filled conversation spanning from Demi’s own struggles as a teenager, to her direct approach to communicating with teens by meeting them where they are emotionally and mentally. The women enjoy sharing stories and Tesi and Leslie appreciate Demi’s approach, which have been described as old school with a redefined approach. Listen, laugh, nod your head, and learn.

Find more Demi:

Her Work: DemiAustinThomas.com | Her Heart: BeempoweredInc.org

Her Community: ILiveExpo.com | FB | Insta

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Episode 235: Cultural Appropriation

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On Episode 235, Tesi and Leslie add their Mama Bear voice to the discussion of cultural appropriation…a conversation they feel is relevant not just on Halloween but on every other day of the year as well. They discuss how to be cultural appreciators rather than appropriators, why they cling tightly to the maxim that Friends Don’t Let Friends Wear Blackface, and what makes them adamant in their belief that when you know better you do better. The sisters are candid about past mistakes and mis-steps, bring the research behind their current views, and challenge one another, as well as listeners, to look beyond themselves and carefully consider the weight of each of our actions.

Lots of links this week! Check them out to learn more about cultural appropriation…

How to do better….here we go! Read about it HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Are you a parent? Read THIS. Hey, nuance! Let’s talk about it. One more HERE. Maasai fashion and appropriation. Check out this VIDEO. (It might break your heart.) Love THIS article about appropriation vs. appreciation. Hair HERE.

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Episode 234: Loss, Grief, and Suicide Prevention with Anne Moss Rogers

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On Episode 234 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie talk to Anne Moss Rogers, a fierce mental health advocate, speaker, and writer who helps people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse, and find life after loss. Through their discussion, Anne Moss teaches Tesi and Leslie about how to talk about suicide and grief, potential warning signs, helpful resources, and how to walk through life with a grieving friend. Anne Moss shares the sorrow of her son Charles dying by suicide after many years of struggling with anxiety, depression, and addiction and listeners will be grateful as she gracefully shares her hard-won wisdom and compassion. This episode is a tender conversation filled with truth, strength, and comfort.

Learn more about Anne Moss and her work:

Website | Book | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Free Download 1 & 2 | Resource Page

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please dial 1-800-273-8255 right now to get help. 

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Episode 233: Hustle Culture is a Scam

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On Episode 233 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie discuss #HUSTLE #GRIND #TEAMNOSLEEP #GETIT #DOWORK #HUSTLINGHARD and how all of these pithy hashtags add up to the very real phenomenon of what’s known as “Hustle Culture.” The women dissect the idea of Hustle Culture from a feminist and classist perspective and question the idea that success only comes after exerting yourself at max capacity, all day, every day. They discuss their own tendencies toward hustle, and end the episode with ideas of how to wade through Hustle Culture, how to help kids navigate a workplace focused on a narrow view of success, and reflect on what makes a whole and healthy being in the midst of 2019.

Take-aways from this episode:

  • No one thing in this world defines all of you.

  • You are loved regardless of what you produce.

  • To hustle in the way it’s described in Hustle Culture is a privilege.

  • Your work life does not have to be 100% crazy and intense at all times; sometimes part of your job will be boring and tedious.

  • Data shows that longs hours don’t equal creativity and it doesn’t even equal productivity. 

  • Wage growth has been stagnant for years. (Hustle doesn’t automatically equate “success".)

  • It’s important to know your WHY…in all things, including work.

    Tips for Reflection from Choosing Happiness: Life and Soul Essentials:

  • Choose consciously—with some gratitude that you have choices

  • Avoid phrases like “I have to…” 

  • Discover that your potential and vision of life are evolving, not static

  • Support other people eagerly and generously

  • Listen sometimes to the ‘small quiet voice within’ and to the messages of your body, instincts, spirit

Check out these articles for more information and different perspectives on Hustle Culture:

Nike Ad | Millennials and Hustle Culture | Milliennial 2 | Toxic for Women | Forbes | Boston Globe | Girlboss | NYTimes | Glamour | Fast Company

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Episode 232: The World Needs You to BREATHE

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On Episode 232 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, sister-cohosts Leslie and Tesi sit down with Dr. Brandie Nemchenko. Since 2002, Dr. Brandie has worked as a chiropractor and has noticed a change in women’s health…a change that’s not necessarily for the better. In a conversation filled with practical tips and advice, Dr. Brandie talks about how we can better care for ourselves and our bodies as we lead lives full of love and service.

One thing that Dr. Brandie Nemchenko has specialized in is helping women enjoy their pregnancy by teaching them how to manage their pain. In her book, What You Don’t Expect When You’re Expecting, Dr. Nemchenko teaches women what to stop doing, what to start doing and how to become resourceful. Find it HERE.

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Episode 231: Purity Culture

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On Episode 231 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie talk about purity culture and its impact on girls and women in America in 2019. Horrified by the stories of Jeffrey Epstein, incited by a culture of victim blaming and shaming, and concerned about the cultural waters we currently swim in, the two women talk about their own experiences as well as the experience of raising daughters in 2019. How can we do better by our daughters AND our sons? How can we disagree with grace without shaming one another? How do we do better as a culture to love better and respect more? The sister-hosts discuss these questions and more in this Mama Bear Mini.

LINKS: Questioning Faith After Purity Culture | Linda Kay Klein Review | Book: Pure: Inside the Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free | Art Exhibition

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Episode 230: Kindness is Cool

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On Episode 230 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie revisit an episode (previously titled Make America Kind Again) that reminds listeners of their stance on kindness: We refuse to let it die! In fact, they wholeheartedly believe that what America needs (along with policy change) is more kindness. The women also recognize the responsibility we have as parents raising children in our current American culture to make sure that the virtue of kindness outlasts the test of time. Because, in some spheres, kindness seems to be on life-support, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie spend this episode discussing what we can do to instill this value in the kids we influence. How do we raise kind kids? It turns out, there's actually a language to kindness and it's discussed in this fun and fascinating episode!

LINKS:

A summary of Harvard Study mentioned in the podcast can be found HERE | Carol Dweck's Mindset is a must-read | Greater Good in Action findings can be found HERE

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Episode 229: Money Talks with Miko Ehrmantraut

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On Episode 229 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie sits down with Miko Ehrmantraut, aka The Budget Mom, who is on a mission to empower women to build a life they love on a budget they understand and can afford. Miko answers practical questions about budgeting, credit cards, college savings, financial priorities and goals and more, as the two women have a candid conversation about how to make money work for you and your family in the very most practical sense. All listeners will be intrigued by how Miko paid off $77,000 in debt over 8 months and how she continues to live a life she loves … within her means.

Find more of Miko (and her FREE resources) here:

WEBSITE | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

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Episode 228: Horrified by Gun Violence? Here's What We Can Do

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On Episode 228 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi channel their feelings of helplessness over the recent gun violence ravaging America and put together a list of things that we, as individuals and Mama Bears, can DO as a response to white nationalism and terrorism. The women leave no stone unturned to the multi-layered horror we’re currently experiencing (they discuss upcoming elections, gaslighting, toxic masculinity, racism, video games and mental illness) and look for ways to sway the dial through owning our individual agency and doing what’s right.

Further reading on: Video Games | Democratic campaigns that need your help | Stop the Madness | Legislation | Episode 153: Gun Culture & How to Deal

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Episode 227: Fiction, Female Desire, & the Path to Your Dreams with Abi Maxwell

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On Episode 227 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie talk books and media and following your dream, even when it’s discouraging. They sit down with Abi Maxwell, author of the new novel, THE DEN, and discuss how writing fiction can be an act of the Mama Bear, how gender roles can be broken with the power of the pen, and how there is meaning in the making. In other words, sometimes the process of doing something worth doing is just as informative and rewarding as the success at the end.

Books we discussed in this episode:

The Den | Bird by Bird | The Moment of Lift | Death on the Nile | Homegoing

Follow Abi on Instagram and Listen to Mama bear Episode 141 with Jamie Brusesehoff

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Episode 226: The Language of Racism & Why Words Matter

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On Episode 226 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie discuss current events, in particular, President Trump’s recent tweets at four congresswomen asking them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” They lament the president’s use of power to other and divide, and focus in on the words “go back” in an effort to highlight the history of such sentiment and the use of the phrase as a dog whistle for white supremacy. The two sisters look back at the historial context of this phrase and others, discuss their own racism and a mama bear response, acknowledge the cultural waters in which we swim, and ask listeners to jump into this national conversation armed with information. They conclude the episode with a tale of Leslie’s recent trip to Egypt and a few surprises she encountered there while traveling with a U.S. passport in 2019.

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Episode 225: Powerful, Brilliant, & Brave with Heather Adams

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On Episode 225 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Heather Adams, the driving force behind a wildly successful and well-respected business, a wise and positive mentor to young women, and cheerleader for all that is good and just in this world. The women discuss how Heather has created a positive, celebratory culture with her all-female staff at Choice Media and Communications, how we can encourage our fellow women to new heights and to reaching our full potential, how our work can be purpose-filled, and how to honor relationships in our very full lives. Listen in and be inspired by Heather’s words, wisdom, and journey!

Check out Choice Media HERE | Follow Heather on Insta HERE

Help support Heather in her family’s time of need. Read the full story HERE

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Episode 224: In Praise of Good Enough

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On Episode 224 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie celebrate the virtue of “good enough.” Though the women value excellence and strive to be the best versions of self possible, they spend this Mama Bear Mini talking about motivation, expectations, and the virtue of imperfection. They discuss enjoying hobbies for the sake of enjoyment rather than mastery, cultural influences that impact our leisure behavior, and the joy of celebrating the “okay-ness” of others. This episode, an ode to the “good enough” mother/friend/human/Mama Bear, will inspire listeners to embrace imperfection and find her power there.

Links to work referenced in the podcast: Article 1 | Article 2

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Episode 223: To Throw A Party & Change the World with Kelly Welk

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On Episode 223 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie sits down with Kelly Welk, hostess extraordinaire and anti-sex trafficking advocate. Years ago, Kelly looked around and saw extra — extra food in her refrigerator, extra space in her home, extra seats at her table — and felt compelled to find ways to share her plenitude. She started by throwing a dinner party for friends to raise money for Rescue Freedom International and has since raised tens of thousands of dollars for trafficked girls, started a business, and engaged her community in big and beautiful ways. The women talk about how to act on your big and bold dreams, how to channel what you love into making a difference in what you care most about, and how to find the courage and wisdom to engage the Mama Bear to share your abundance.

Find more of Kelly: Insta | Website | FB | Dream Catcher BooK

Dream Catcher Community | Rescue Freedom International

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Episode 222: The Stuff of Summer (Screens, Teens, & Bikini Bodies)

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On Episode 222 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi dig in and discuss all things summer. They begin with a conversation about self-love and body shame…namely how we as women internalize the messages surrounding what we wear to the beach. The co-hosts believe deeply that we all have bikini bodies and encourage listeners to celebrate theirs! The women also discuss new research and parenting teens with screens over the summer months. They wrap up the episode talking about health, healthcare, and advocating for ourselves as women seeking attention, understanding, and treatment.

 Check out the screen-time study referenced in the pod HERE.

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Episode 221: Adventure Mama with Justine Nobbe

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On Episode 221 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Justine Nobbe, the co-founder of the Adventure Mamas Initiative and all-around Mama Bear. The co-hosts couldn’t wait to talk to Justine after a listener wrote in and said this: “The organization [Adventure Mamas] is hell-bent on seeing mamas take the time to take care of themselves and to find a strength they didn’t know they had among a group of supportive and badass women. Justine is our brave warrior leading with intention, authenticity, KINDNESS, and verve. I admire her work, her family, and her badass survival skills.” Justine lived up to every work of this high praise…and more! Listen in as the three women discuss adventure and motherhood, maternal wellness, emotional health, why movement matters and intersectional inclusion in a male-dominated space. It’s an uplifiting conversation, friends. Listen in!

Learn more about Justine and the Adventure Mama Initiative here:

Insta | Website | Facebook

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Episode 220: CBD—A PRIMER

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On Episode 220 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Leslie and Tesi drop back in with Tatum Drewes to talk about health, healing, and helping. Not only is Tatum an inspiring woman, pioneer, and business owner who believes in helping others live their best, pain-free life, but she's also an expert in CBD oil and the medicinal properties of the hemp plant. Tatum owns Higher Healing and is generous in sharing her passion and knowledge as the hosts learn more about this natural healing phenomenon and how much it can benefit women across a country in the midst of an opioid drug crisis.

FIND TATUM & HIGHER HEALING ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE.

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Episode 219: Love & Letters with Ashley Asti

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On Episode 219 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Ashley Asti, a woman who is using her Mama Bear to form relationships with men and women incarcerated in our country. Ashley became a pen-pal to over 30 prisoners and extends her spirit and care as someone who teaches and encourages women in prison to put pen to paper and express themselves through writing. The women discuss mass incarceration, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, the lost art of letter writing, and poetry as activism. Ashley is a powerhouse of love and compassion and her intentionality and thoughtfulness extends into her skincare line as well, which is also discussed on the podcast.

Get to know Ashley and explore her books and products on her website: AshleyAst.com

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Episode 218: In Praise of Lunch

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On Episode 218 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie settle in for a discussion about slowing down and savoring life, even in the midst of the school’s end, summer’s arrival, and the never-ending spectacle of the White House. Lunch, really, is a metaphor for political activism, a fight against the patriarchy, and self-care. The women remind listeners to take a step back the perfection demanded of women by society and instead embrace their true nature during this season, whatever it may be. The sisters/co-hosts end the episode with an impassioned OBSESS SESH, during which they discuss books, television, recipes, clothing, and a questionable DIY health remedy.

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