Mojo Mom Podcast
Bringing you the best in current news, politics, feminism, work and family, as well as expert guest interviews about motherhood and society.
Amy and Sheryl are back from hiatus to start a new season of The Mojo Mom Podcast.  They talk about their plans, getting geared up for 2009 when the new edition of Amy's book will come out.

Then Mojo Mom talks to Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette, authors of The Milk Memos.  This truly unique book began when IBM manager Cate sat down in the company’s employee lactation room, shed a few silent tears, and wrote this on a paper towel: I’m a new mom and today is my first day back at work. Is anyone else using this room?
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_The_Milk_Memos_Final.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl have a lot to talk about after viewing the Oprah episode from October 1 about overwhelmed Moms.  It was a wake-up call to remind us that living mindfully is a worthy priority.

Then Amy talks to Catherine Orenstein, founder of The Op-Ed Project.  She wants to change the fact that op-ed pages and airwaves are overwhelmingly dominated by men.  Through her workshops, Katie teaches women the skills and strategies needed to join the public conversation.  A timely topic in a month full of fast-moving news and an impending election.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Katie_Orenstein_Final.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl are in a giddy mood this week, which is a nice change of pace!

They are happy because Pamela Stone, author Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home, is the guest on the podcast, and she'll be speaking in Durham, NC in person next week. 

So if you are in the area, we hope you'll register for the Carolina Parent Women@Work Breakfast on September 17, and join us to form a Mojo table!
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Pamela_Stone_Final.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl discuss the successes of their Mojo Circle, a group of ten women who have met monthly for two years now.  The group has a shared background as mothers, but when we meet we talk primarily about entrepreneurship, and serve as a sounding board for each other.

Amy and Sheryl talk about the keys to success in forming a group, and you can also find resources in the free Mojo Mom Party Kit on MojoMom.com

Then Amy talks to Kella Hatcher, co-founder of Balancing Professionals and expert on alternative work arrangements (flex-time, telecommuting--the strategies that allow people to get their work done and have a life, too!).

Balancing Professionals will be presenting a Career On-Ramping workshop in conjunction with the Carolina Parent Women@Work event in Durham, North Carolina on September 17, 2008.  We hope to see you there!
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Balancing_Professionals_Final.mp3
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We are reposting the episode on Mojo Mom and Positive Discipline because only the second segment was uploaded the first time.  Here is the complete show:

We're reaching the end of summer and co-host Sheryl Grant is already back to school, so Amy's friend Aparna Desai Brown is filling in.  Aparna shares her family's story of recently moving away from Silicon Valley in favor of a saner and more sustainable lifestyle in Pittsburgh.

Then Mojo Mom switches gears to talk about Positive Discipline with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions in Raleigh, North Carolina.  We have more democratic families these days, but how can parents maintain their leadership role?  Positive Discipline operates on a foundation of respect and responsibility for all family members to help parents bring up capable, competent kids.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Positive_Parenting_Final01.mp3
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We're reaching the end of summer and co-host Sheryl Grant is already back to school, so Amy's friend Aparna Desai Brown is filling in.  Aparna shares her family's story of recently moving away from Silicon Valley in favor of a saner and more sustainable lifestyle in Pittsburgh.

Then Mojo Mom switches gears to talk about Positive Discipline with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions in Raleigh, North Carolina.  We have more democratic families these days, but how can parents maintain their leadership role?  Positive Discipline operates on a foundation of respect and responsibility for all family members to help parents bring up capable, competent kids.

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Amy and Sheryl debrief their summers and look ahead to a hectic school year that starts very soon.

Then Amy talks to EquallySharedParenting.com founders Amy and Marc Vachon.  Mojo Mom had some questions about how shared parenting works in practice.  Who better to answer than the Vachons, who practice ESP and write about it.  Their family was even featured in Lisa Belkin's June 2008 New York Times piece, "When Mom and Dad Share It All."
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Shared_Parenting_Final01.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl discuss the recent NY Times article about parents who just can't seem to let go of their children while the kids are at summer camp.

Then we meet Julie Shields, author of one of Mojo Mom's favorite books, "How to Avoid the Mommy Trap."  Julie's strategies help couples lay out a roadmap for truly shared parenting.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_The_Mommy_Trap_Final01.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl talk more about Sheryl's new job working on social networking for the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC.

In addition to her work with the MacArthur winners, Sheryl is excited about the potential that social networking has to expand social horizons for Moms.

Then Amy welcomes internet safety expert Linda Criddle back to the show.  Linda is the author of the book "Look Both Ways:  Help Protect Your Family on the Internet" and the website Look-Both-Ways.com

Amy has gotten to know Linda well over the past year, through interviews for Amy's CNET blog and Linda's trips to give seminars in North Carolina.  Linda looks at safety and privacy issues for everybody, from kids to parents to senior citizens, to help people have positive and safe experiences online.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Linda_Criddle_Final01.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl discuss their new jobs.  Amy is revising Mojo Mom and Sheryl is working on social networking for the Macarthur Foundation.  Life and work mingle as usual, as Amy ponders what it means to have a 9 year old.

Then Amy talks to Debra Levy of Mothers & More, a national organization providing support and advocacy for Moms.  Debra also wanted to highlight Mothers & More's campaign to save the American Time Use Survey, which we did not get to discuss on the show.  For our work to be counted as significant is first has to be measured, and the ATUS provides this crucial data.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Debra_Levy_v2.mp3
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The conversation about motherhood and feminism continues.  First Amy and Sheryl tackle the topic, reflecting on life at the intersection of feminism and reality.

Then Mojo Mom continues the conversation with Amy Richards, author of Opting In:  Having A Child without Losing Yourself.  Richards is also the author of the Ask Amy column at Feminist.com

This is the last week of our latest iPod giveaway.  The drawing is on July 1, so listen to the show to find out how to enter!
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_and_Amy_Richards_01.mp3
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Amy has big news--a new edition of "Mojo Mom" coming out spring 2009 from Gotham Books.  Amy and Sheryl celebrate this development and then announce a new iPod giveaway.  Listen in to learn how you can enter to win a 4 GB iPod Nano in our drawing to be held on July 1, 2008.

Then from the material to the spiritual....Amy talks to "Momma Zen" author Karen Maezen Miller about writing, creativity and motherhood.  Karen shows us all that it's possible to become a writer even if we never find "more time." 

For more of Karen's wisdom, check out her series of "Zen Writers' Workshop" entries listed in the sidebar on her Cheerio Road blog.
Direct download: Mojo__Mom_and_Momma_Zen_v1.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl talk about their failed efforts to find peace and mindfulness.  Find out why the best place to meditate might just be...the shower?

Then Amy talks to Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, authors of "Why Work Sucks, and How to Fix It."  Cali and Jody pioneered a new work model called ROWE, the Results-Only Work Environment.  Say goodbye to face time and pointless meetings, say hello working however you see fit, as long as the work gets done.  ROWE applies to a wide variety of situations and can most definitely make life better for working parents.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom_ROWE_2a.mp3
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Today's parents are sold the idea that family life requires a ton of gadgets.  From sign language to $800 strollers, sophisticated marketing campagins have parents firmly in their sites.

Amy and Sheryl discuss this phenomenon, and then Amy interviews "Parenting, Inc." author Pamela Paul for her expert view.
Direct download: 2Mojo_Mom_and_Parenting_Inc.mp3
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Amy and Sheryl talk about every Mom's eternal struggle to fulfill her goals and priorities as they reflect on the NY Times article, "The Advantages of Closing a Few Doors."

Then Amy talks to author Nancy Amanda Redd about her bestselling book, "Body Drama," a comprehensive, photographic guide to the female body, that includes answers to questions you've never thought to ask.  Today's girls face new body issues, so "Body Drama" is a great resource for Moms preparing to talk to their daughters about adolescence.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom__Body_Drama2.mp3
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The Democratic primary battle has stirred up many discussions between Second Wave feminists and younger women.  Amy Tiemann wrote about this recently on Women's eNews.  Today she talks to Deborah Siegel, author of Sisterhood Interrupted and the blog Girl With Pen to find out how we can continue to work together rather than letting our generational differences widen into a fault line that prevents us from making progress on our common interests.
Direct download: MojoMom__Deborah_Siegel4-08.mp3
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It's a literary week as Amy and Sheryl talk about their love of reading.  Then Amy interviews Rachel Pastan, author of the wonderful novel Lady of the Snakes, the engrossing story of a young history Professor who juggles the demands of family life while unraveling the truth about a 19th century Russian writer and his mysterious wife.

Learn more at RachelPastan.com and check out the Mojo Mom blog post of February 8 to read Rachel's exclusive list of book recommendations.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom__Lady_of_the_Snakes.mp3
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This week's special edition of the Mojo Mom Podcast focuses on the primary elections.  Amy Tiemann and special guest Joanne Bamberger, Pundit Mom, talk about the breaking news that John Edwards is leaving the race, and their thoughts about the Democratic front-runners, Obama and Clinton.   What lies ahead for Democrats and Republicans on Super Tuesday?  Listen in to get two opinionated Moms' perspectives.

Learn more by reading Joanne Bamberger's PunditMom blog as well as the Take Care Net Presidential Candidate Survey that Amy mentioned in the podcast.
Direct download: Mojo_Mom__Pundit_Mom.mp3
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The Mojo Mom Podcast kicks off its third season.  Amy and Sheryl bring listeners up to date about their lives.  In the guest segment, Amy interviews Miriam Peskowitz, co-author of the bestseller "The Daring Book for Girls."
Direct download: MojoMom__Daring_Book_for_Girls.mp3
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