Confessions and New Beginnings & Why I Wrote a Book

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This is a show of confessions and new beginnings. All over the globe people are deciding want they want for the coming year. With a feeling that something’s missing or something could be better, they make New Years Resolutions to go and get it. (Go to any gym in January and February and see for yourself.) The problem is most New Year’s Resolutions don’t work; they fizzle out as quickly as they start.

On today’s show host Julia Espey confesses that she’s never accomplished even one New Years Resolution, but she did manage to make a radical change nonetheless—a change that remade her life, her mothering, and even her love life forever. Julia talks about the time when she once felt “terribly alone, overwhelmed and inadequate as a single mother” but instead of jumping into short-lived hyper-activity to try and “fix it,” she steadfastly took another tack.Guest interviewer and speaker, Janet Matthews, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, draws out Julia’s heartfelt story and the book she wrote as a result. Today’s show is a journey into how one mother made a dramatic change in her life, began a “quest,” and how her discoveries can help you in your parenting. You’ll find out the secret ingredient to sustaining activity, keeping focused on a goal, and never giving up.

You’ll get take-away parenting tips from If I Were Your Daddy, This Is What You’d Learn. And you’ll hear about Julia’s “new beginning” and the tearful message she gives you at the end of this show.


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Scientific Proof That Your Child Is a Genius

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(28 comments)  Hey Single Moms & Friends, 

Do you consider your child a genius? In most school systems, only a handful of kids are chosen for gifted-and-talented programs. If your child isn’t selected (as most aren’t) does this mean that he or she isn’t gifted?

Today’s guest, international educator Paul Scheele, answers with an emphatic “No!” And he cites the latest scientific brain research to prove why. “Your child,” says Paul, “absolutely is a genius.”

As parents, this revelation can spur the single most important gift we can give our children: to help them recognize and live in their “genius zone.”

In this show, you’ll learn

  • ·      how to identify your children’s unique brand of genius
  • ·      how to encourage their genius potential, even if they’re struggling in school
  • ·      why schools may not be teaching to your kids’ learning preference, and what to do about it
  • ·      how parents and educators inadvertently “de-genius” children

You’ll also hear stories of how kids get “wounded” in school and come to  incorrect conclusions like “I’m not smart. I’m not good at math. I’m not…”—conclusions that can limit them for the rest of their lives. Change those conclusions, and help your kids live lives of genius!

Were you ever wounded in school? Was this show useful? Leave a comment.



Creating an Inspiring Life (by converting a hobby into a career) with Baby Steps

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Hello Single Mom’s & friends,

Last week Steve Jobs passed on, and I cried. Did I know him personally? No, but he profoundly impacted my life nonetheless. I love all things Apple. Everyone agrees that the world lost a great visionary. We also lost a rare kind of leader who lived and spoke directly from his heart. His recommendations for living, given in his well known Stanford commencement address, is just what this weeks’ “single mom talk radio” guest did. Single mother, Diane Halfman, an ex-undercover vice cop didn’t settle. She could have. We all can.

Steve Jobs would have approved.

Here are some excerpts:

Find what you love. Do what you love.

Jobs: “I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

When you know what you love, don’t waste time doing something else.

Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

But…I hear the excuses, I know the reasons…we moms have a lot of responsibility and carving out the time, energy and resources to do more of the things we love—something different, scary, unknown–often gets placed in the “dream” bucket, not the “to-do” list. This week Diane and Steve inspired me to give up excuses, chunk down my dreams and involve my son. Diane reminded me that it’s not necessary to do it all in a single swoop, but just to start walking towards it.




with lifestyle organizer and single mom Diane Halfman


Your “to-do” list is waiting. It’s filled with family necessities like going to work, paying bills, cooking dinner, and doing laundry, but with very few—if any—truly inspiring line items. It’s filled with all the things you must do, not what you want to do! Sound familiar? Even worse—what if your job is a total downer, too!?

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Work-Family Balance: Is it Fantasy or Probability?

Posted in: Featured, Money

Vonda Vaden (Vv) Bates shares secrets learned as Target executive and solo mom (click here to listen)


Scientists are still searching for the chip that gets inserted in a mommy’s brain when her child is born. It’s the chip that whispers in her head, “Mommy… Do more. Be more. You’re not enough!” Something drives we mothers to do more and more. We put impossible standard on ourselves. We expect to do it all. It’s no wonder mother’s…

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