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Working from Home with the Original MomForce

The MomForce Podcast Hosted by Chatbooks

Release Date: 03/31/2020

Naming What Matters with Kendra Adachi of @thelazygenius show art Naming What Matters with Kendra Adachi of @thelazygenius

The MomForce Podcast Hosted by Chatbooks

When it comes to finding out what is important to you in your life, the first step is to name what matters. Kendra Adachi, New York Times bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way, shares how this mantra has changed how she lives her life.

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Happiness and the Human Experience with Gretchen Rubin show art Happiness and the Human Experience with Gretchen Rubin

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Happiness is part of the human experience, and today’s guest never tires of exploring the many facets of emotion and happiness. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies, has devoted her career and writing to understanding how humans respond to their expectations. In this episode of The MomForce Podcast, she explains that people’s responses to outer and inner expectations determines which of the four tendencies (upholder, questioner, obliger, or rebel) they have.

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Creating a House of Learning with LaNesha Tabb show art Creating a House of Learning with LaNesha Tabb

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Home is the first place a child begins to learn, and the role a parent plays in their children’s education has changed dramatically since the global pandemic began. LaNesha Tabb of @apron_education and author of Unpack Your Impact created a new curriculum for families to learn about diversity, inclusion and cultivating important conversations. In Lanesha’s words she tells us all how we can, “Stop being weird about race”. LaNesha is a kindergarten teacher with more than 20 years of experience. 

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Choosing Plants Over Processed with Andrea Hannemann of @earthyandy show art Choosing Plants Over Processed with Andrea Hannemann of @earthyandy

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Sick of hearing "new year, new you"? Instead of New Year's resolutions, follow Andrea Hannemann in her pursuit of lifelong health habits. She lives by her mantra "plant over processed" and shares how you can do it, too!

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Take the Stress Out of Picky Eating with Jennifer Anderson of @kids.eat.in.color show art Take the Stress Out of Picky Eating with Jennifer Anderson of @kids.eat.in.color

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Family Holiday Fun with Melissa Joan Hart and Lifetime show art Family Holiday Fun with Melissa Joan Hart and Lifetime

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In the mood for some Christmas flicks? We’ve got you covered with all things Lifetime Christmas movies. Vanessa Quigley sat down with Melissa Joan Hart to talk about her experience on the set of Dear Christmas, what it’s like to film during Covid-19, her favorite holiday traditions and much more!

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Give the Gift of Connection show art Give the Gift of Connection

The MomForce Podcast Hosted by Chatbooks

Chatbooks is about connection. And in this special episode of The MomForce Podcast, Vanessa Quigley, Chatbooks co-founder and mother of 7, is talking about how the perfect gift this holiday season is the gift of connection! Reflecting on past episodes with guests like Shea McGee, Dr. Tina Bryson and Jordan Page, Vanessa shares how connection can help strengthen our most important relationships. What better gift to give this holiday season!

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Designing a Beautiful Life with Shea McGee  show art Designing a Beautiful Life with Shea McGee

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Shea McGee of Studio McGee is joining Vanessa to talk about how she built her brand, alongside her husband Syd, while trying to balance being a wife and mother. 

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Laughter is the Best Medicine with Lisa Valentine Clark show art Laughter is the Best Medicine with Lisa Valentine Clark

The MomForce Podcast Hosted by Chatbooks

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10 Tips and Takeaways by Top Experts and Everyday Moms from Season 1 show art 10 Tips and Takeaways by Top Experts and Everyday Moms from Season 1

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There is an acronym that is having its time in the spotlight: WFH. Working From Home is not a new concept, but due to the world wide pandemic and #socialdistancing, many of us have found ourselves trying to figure out how to make the most of this new norm!

Chatbooks co-founder and podcast host Vanessa Quigley is talking to Ashley aka AB, our marketing product manager about how she is managing her WFH schedule while having a 6 month old baby at home. 

Vanessa also gets some best tips from some veteran WFH Chatbooks employees. Did you know the majority of Chatbooks Customer service team is all remote, and mostly all mothers - 12 babies born to our MomForce team this past year! ! So when questions come up about how to balance WFH and motherhood (and for so many of us - HOMESCHOOLING) we knew we would get the best tips from these women.

Tip 1: Krista, who has been WFH for 10 years says do NOT get rid of “me time”! Whether it is a walk outside or taking a bath, taking care of yourself is what will give you the stamina to keep going.

Tip 2 : Hilary likes to block out 30 minutes in the day to tidy up. With kids home all day and schoolwork and homework and meals, the house can get away from you. Take some time to pick up - enlist kids to help. Having a tidy workspace can help improve everyone's mood and productivity. 

Tip 3 : This tip comes from Ashley, who knows all too well that the 3pm slump happens at home as well as at the office! Her go to fix - Dr. Pepper! Find something that you love, a treat, a drink, a snack and allow a moment of indulgence. 

Tip 4 : Alyce is 100% cool with tech! When she really needs some time to buckle down and get work done, or if she needs to take a call with a client, allowing screen time for her kids is top of her go to strategy! And especially now, with kids home from school, all day, everyday, relaxing whatever screen limits you may have just might prove to be the best course. 

This sudden change of circumstances can be hard. On everyone. It might take a hot minute to find what works for you and your family. Vanessa’s final tip is it's ok to let things go! And we get a new day to try again! Good luck mamas! We are rooting for you. 

Check out The MomForce Facebook group for lots more advice on WFH, homeschooling, self care and more!