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.


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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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Episode 126: Rage Against the Dying of the Light (Back to School Edition)

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On Episode 126 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi talk about the new school year, the quality of education in America, and how we can use our Mama Bear instinct for good when it comes to our school communities. As Leslie and Tesi ask difficult questions about public education, they challenge listeners to think about school (and school supplies!) broadly in terms of educating the next generation of American citizens. They discuss their findings in their informal research poll of teachers and educators and share a special Mama Bear plan in the hopes of mobilizing listeners and shining some light into the world. (The springboard for this conversation can be found HERE.)


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Episode 125: Shattering the Shame & Stigma of the Poor with Erin Odom

Erin Odom grew up among the neatly manicured lawns of upper middle class America. She did everything "right" — she went to college, married the love of her life, even bought a house within their means. She never expected to end up living with her husband and three children and relying on food stamps and government assistance to make ends meet. On Episode 125 Erin shares her story with Leslie and Tesi and the three women discuss poverty in America, redefining the "good" life, and the Mama Bear response to the economic disparity present today. Listen in to this challenging and honest conversation between Mama Bears!

Also discussed on this episode:

  • Examining your privilege
  • How do we shatter the shame and stigma of the poor
  • Treating all with dignity
  • The hidden blessings of living frugally
  • What we can learn from others and their economic experiences
  • Why do we dare to judge others without knowing their stories?
  • What can the American Christian church do to serve the poor?

Find Erin online at The Humbled Homemaker and the More Than Just Making It website. Her five-day e-course, Eating Well On a Budget, can be accessed HERE.

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Episode 124: Bend Toward Justice: Charlottesville

On Episode 124 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi find themselves recording on Sunday evening (just hours before the episode drops), processing the violence and hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The two sisters offer a raw reaction to America in 2017 and try to find a way forward. As Leslie and Tesi rehash the raw emotion and extreme sadness of the weekend, they implore listeners to make the connection between overt racism and the systematic encounters that people of color face every single day in America and to amp up their outrage and pour it into social action. They offer resources and make suggestions on how to respond, listing everything from using JOY as resistance to SHOWING UP at peace rallies to DONATING to the Charlottesville NAACP or Meals on Wheels program. One thing they know for sure: They will not be silent and will not allow hate to grow.

Helpful Links*

Books. More Book. More Books.

Article: How White People Can Support People of Color Right Now

People to follow on Twitter: Sister Helen Prejean

*We will add to this list throughout the week.

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Episode 123: Don't Die with Your Music Inside You with Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman has always known that she is a writer and has always followed her passion — even when others discouraged her. Today she owns her own independent publishing company and on episode 123 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast she talks to Tesi and Leslie about the constantly changing book business, listening to your gut, and creating the life you were meant to live. She a shepherd of books, and on this episode, she's a shepherd of ideas and wisdom as well!

Also discussed on this episode:

  • The world of publishing
  • Writing and art as legacy
  • The journey from Silicon Valley to an island off the coast
  • What it means to support the dreams of others while following your own.

Find Lisa online:

Find Lisa at Heart Ally Books. In fact, click HERE to get a free book! Just type in the code JT83A at checkout. Additionally, Lisa is offering 75% off an entire series by emailing her at lisa@heartallybooks.com!

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Episode 122: Mothering In Style with Molly Ades

On Episode 122 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie sits down with the lovely, talented, and wise Molly Ades, a mom, designer, and woman hungry to share wisdom and a sense of community with new moms everywhere through her video series, Mothering in Style. Her cute and functional clothing line makes it possible for new moms to feel stylish and confident while nursing their child and her conversation is rich in observation and insight. Listeners will love learning about Molly and her complex views on fashion, motherhood, and living a full, beautiful life.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • The entrepreneurial spirit
  • Creating space for the "Other Self" all the while embracing the "Mother Self"
  • Self discovery as a new mom
  • Finding your "soul style"
  • Achieving abundance through simplifying, organizing, and decluttering in order to be more present

Find Molly online:

Mothering In Style web series can be found HERE.

Molly's fabulous clothing can be found HERE.


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Episode 121: Health, Hope, & How to Talk to Boys

On Episode 121 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie take a moment during the heart of summer to connect and catch up on a few topics that have been grabbing their attention. They answer a listener question about personal growth through podcasting and share the origin story of Mama Bear Dares, discuss an article about the importance of the language we use when talking to our sons, and discuss what's cooking from each of their homes. Listen in to this Mama Bear mini and let join the conversation online!

We Read It, We Loved It:

Check out the article we discuss, Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls, HERE!

Listen to Episode 91: The Reason Behind the Resolution HERE.


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Episode 120: The World Is Bigger than any one of us with Natalie Stanfield

On Episode 120 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi & Leslie sit down with their long-last soul sister Natalie Stanfield whose incredible Mama Bear spirit prompted her to start Families for Families. Her mission is to equip and encourage parents to create an environment within their homes that communicates the values of thinking globally, caring for others, and loving out loud. The three women discuss resilience, counter-cultural parenting philosophies, and why they believe that life lived in service of others is the best way to live. Listeners will love hearing from Natalie and will step away from the episode feeling inspired to unleash their Mama Bear!

Also discussed in this episode:

  • Overcoming a troubled childhood and stopping the cycle of negative parenting
  • Learning new ways of being and healing the cycle of shame
  • Practical ways to teach our children that we're more alike than different
  • How dog treats turned into social action
  • How being too busy gets in the way of raising compassionate kids

Find Natalie online:

Website | Instagram (Natalie) | Instagram (Familes for Families)

#familiesforfamilies | #FFFNewsletter | #LoveandServe

Email: familiesforfamilies@careforaids.org

read the book! Click HERE to buy Mama Bear's Manifesto: A Mom's Group Guide to Changing the World!


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Episode 119: The Language of Kindness

On the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, we refuse to let kindness die. We also recognize our responsibility as parents raising children in our current American culture to make sure that this virtue outlasts the test of time. Because, in some spheres, kindness seems to be on life-support, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie spend Episode 118 discussing what we can do to instill this value in our kids. 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. The podcast finishes with lighter fare and the co-hosts bring back the OBSESH SESH. Current obsessions range from freedom fighters to techie tools, to socks. You don't want to miss it!

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

OBSESS SESH:

Tesi is currently digging: AUCKEY | POD SAVE THE PEOPLE

Leslie is loving: Chance the Rapper | The simple pleasure of new socks


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Episode 118: Better Starts When You Say It Does with Calvalyn Day

On Episode 118 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Calvalyn Day, an incredible woman with a wide-range of experience in supporting families in and around schools and elsewhere. She's a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a business and family coach, and an author who uses her Mama Bear to educate and care for those around her.  Calvalyn and Tesi discuss personal growth, counter-cultural parenting philosophies, and the best ways to show up and support yourself and others in your life. Listeners will love learning from Calvalyn and will step away from the episode feeling hopeful and helped.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • Self-care is not selfish
  • The importance of communication in a parenting partnership or marriage
  • The rewards of bravery
  • Grabbing life by the reigns and taking control of your day (and your destiny)
  • Motherhood is motherhood is motherhood (we're all just doing the best we can!)

Learn more about (and from!) Calvalyn:

Website | The Well Group | Huffington Post articles

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


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Episode 117: Bikini Body

"You have a bikini, you have a body. You have a bikini body." Can we get an amen? On Episode 117, Leslie and Tesi respond to a listener question about summertime, feeling comfortable in our bathing suits, and enjoying life in the bodies we were born in. The co-hosts discuss modesty, priorities, the culture we live in, and how it impacts the voice within our heads. They ask listeners to think about priorities and peel back the layers to bathing suit insecurities. What begins as a simple listener questions unfolds into a conversation about the culture we live in and a trained, thoughtful Mama Bear's response. Listen in and join the conversation online!


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Episode 116: Sex, God, & Politics with Kara Haug

On Episode 116 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Kara Hoag, the founder of Grace Unbound, a resource for those seeking a comprehensive sexuality education that includes the integration of sexuality and theology and aims to wipe clean feelings of shame. The women acknowledge that God created sexual intimacy and celebrate the idea that the human body is beautiful and to be celebrated and enjoyed, and discuss the most effective ways to teach the next generation to engage in healthy and meaningful sexual activity. Through their playful and deeply honest conversation, the women discuss pleasure and the ways in which we can embrace our spiritual self and our sexual self in order to be the full, complete women we were created to be. 

Also discussed:

  • Understanding your own philosophy and experience of sex in order to help you parent your children as sexual beings.
  • How has your history influenced your ideas, values, and preferences in terms of sex?
  • Jesus' ministry was physical. In what ways might Christians appreciate the physicality of their faith?
  • How does a fullness of life in terms of faith and sexuality propel us to kindness?
  • The healing power and prayerful energy of orgasm.
  • How our feelings and cultural narrative of sex infiltrates our politics.
  • The importance of teaching intimacy in our homes.
  • The hope and education involved in teaching our children to experience safe, intimate relationships.
  • Marriage and sex in American culture in 2017.

Learn more about Kara and her ministry, and access all of the great resources she has to offer on her website, Grace Unbound.


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Episode 115: How to Be (and Raise) an Everyday Hero

What makes a human being lay down her life for another? How do we respond to acts of terror? How do we raise our children to lean into love? On Episode 115, Leslie and Tesi discuss the Portland stabbings and contemplate how Mama Bears across the world might turn their anger and confusion into action in their homes and beyond. The sisters talk about what we can learn from the everyday heroes who stood up to terrorism and how we might endeavor to not only be everyday heroes ourselves, but to raise our children to love one another and the world. It's a complex topic in a complex time. The sisters don't pretend to have anything figured out, but hope to learn from the dialogue and their community of Mama Bears. Listen in and join the conversation online!

RELATED LINKS:

Episode 112: What does it mean to resist?

Check out The Vegan Matriarch on instagram and wish Tesi a happy birthday while you're there!


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Episode 114: Choosing Hope After Terror with Sara Bellin

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On Episode 114 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi sits down with her friend Sara Bellin for an intense conversation on terror, survival, and finding hope in an uncertain world. When Sara woke up on the morning of March 22, 2016, her life changed forever—she discovered that her husband had been a victim of a terrorist attack at the Brussels airport that occurred while she and their two daughters slept in Michigan. A mother and former expat, Sara has helped her husband recover and faced life with incredible grace and optimism despite having lived through the terrifying event. She and Tesi consider all angles of this harrowing experience: parenting, grief, terror, the human body...even how a delicious meal just might save your life. Listen in as Sara recalls the event that shook her family and shares the meaning she made from it.

Also discussed:

  • Life as an expat
  • Independence: Would you send your 3rd grader to school on the Metro? Are you truly independent? Are you preparing your kids to be independent?
  • Parenting through tragedy
  • How do we live through tragedy and not be fearful?
  • When terror hits home
  • Fear is an illusion; danger is a reality

LINKS:

Parenting Through Tragedy Podcast Episode 44

Search "Sebastien Bellin" on Google for some amazing images of Sara's husband during the attack and throughout his inspiring recovery.


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Episode 113: What Does It Mean To Resist?

Are you guys feeling tired? Do you find yourself pumping your first in the air and yelling "RESIST" at your radio or news feed while making dinner? On Episode 113, Leslie and Tesi discuss the act of resistance, what it means, and how Mama Bears across the world might turn their anger and confusion into action. How do we resist policies and politics that don't align with our values? How do we resist the metaphorical death of kindness? How do we resist alienating others who disagree with us? The co-hosts break down their feelings of discontent and concern and encourage one another to action through tangible steps. The conversation is passionate, but the ultimate aim is to understand the incredibly complex range of human emotions (from anger to apathy) felt in the current climate of American in 2017, to harness those feelings to action, and to inspire the Mama Bear community to do the same. Listen in and join the conversation online!

Also discussed in this episode:

  • What is Facebook activism? What if Martin Luther Kind Jr had a Facebook account? How do we most effectively use social media to resist?
  • How do we handle apathy? What steps do we take on the days we want to give up?
  • How do we move from a loss of hope to a step toward action?
  • How do we avoid characterization and engage with those we disagree with? How do we save kindness?

LINKS:

Episode 109: 13th

Episode 95: Post-March Mama Bear

Check out this website | Text "resist" to 50409 | Search for and join the Wall-Of-Us FB group

Apps: Countable | 5 Calls


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Episode 112: Mind Body Soul with Ashanti Johnson

On Episode 112 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Ashanti Johnson, the incredible force behind 360 Mind Body Soul. A wife, mother, and successful business owner and leader in the mindfulness movement, Ashanti dives deep into a conversation with Tesi and Leslie about the layers upon layers of a healthy, full life. The women speak candidly about health not just in terms of weight, but with a nod toward spirituality and personal growth. The conversation is honest, thoughtful, and will inspire listeners to be grateful for all they've been given and motivated to live their best life — mind, body, and soul.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • What does it mean to be healthy? Like, really healthy? How do we reach optimal health in our mind, our body, and our soul?
  • The layers of vulnerability that we all hold on to...
  • The Mindfulness Movement
  • How does prayer and meditation propel you to greatness?
  • The incredible gift of community.
  • How to raise healthy daughters — mind, body, and soul!

LINKS:

Check out this book discussed on the podcast: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Find Ashanti at her website HERE or HERE. Follow her on Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE!


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Episode 111: How She Does It

On this Mama Bear Mini podcast episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie grab the mic, pour some coffee (Leslie) and tea (Tesi), and settle in for some sisterly banter. They share a listener story of a woman who was changed profoundly by motherhood and celebrate her transformation, discuss the tragic murder of Jordan Edwards, and encourage one another to push the boundaries of their Mama Bear to cover the vulnerable—no matter what they look or where they come from. Their discussion of what's happening in America, the militarization of our police, and how our Mama Bear might respond is vulnerable, honest, and trusting of the safe space they've carved out in the Mama Bear community. They end the podcast with a discussion of Leslie's new favorite book: I Know How She Does It. Leslie shares excitement over the book, her impressions, as well as some takeaways from author Laura Vanderkam's research and reflection that may be applicable to all of us. Listen in and join the conversation online!

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Find I Don't Know How She Does It: Kate Reddy, Working Mom by Allison Pierce HERE.

I Don't Know How She Does It movie with Jessica Parker can be found HERE.

Find I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam HERE.

Track your own 168 hours using the template found HERE.

LINKS to other Mama Bear Dares episodes mentioned in the podcast: 13TH

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Episode 110: Remembering What You're Worth

On Episode 110 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Michele Cushatt, a wife, mother, and successful author, speaker, and woman unafraid to dig deep in order to uncover life's treasures. Michele's new book, I AM: A 60-day Journey to Knowing You Are Because of Who He Is, explores the soul-deep journey that individuals might embark upon when seeking to discover their true self and encourages women to uncover and embrace the beautiful and unique way that they were made and then cling to the discovery of their real, true self during moments of insecurity. Michele and Tesi speak candidly about the ways in which grave illness prompts big questions as Michele shares how a brutal bout with cancer changed her life and listeners will be inspired by a conversation filled with hard-earned wisdom and an abundance of hope.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Changing the story as parents and refusing to be defined by our past.
  • How books and story can shape a life.
  • We were never meant to build an identity; we were meant to receive it.
  • What are you wrapping your roots around?
  • Why you should arm yourself with truths that you can remember in moments of insecurity.
  • How do we address adult insecurities? How does these play out in our lives online?
  • The joy and freedom in being called to live YOU life and to be YOU.

LINKS:

Want to learn more about Michele? Find her online on her website and on Facebook.
Buy Michele's book, I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, HERE.

Love the podcast? You'll love the book! Learn about Mama Bear's Manifesto on Episode 66: You Should Do That! and purchase the book HERE.


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