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We all have a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) and while that’s to be expected, how often do we project those feelings onto our kids? How do we know when enough is enough? My family took a break from extracurricular activities for an entire year and this is what happened.

Are my kids doing too many activities? How do I know when it's just too much?

Are your kids in EVERY ACTIVITY? Do you feel over scheduled and overwhelmed? Are you a dance/soccer/football/hockey/robotics/band/choir/ mom (the list goes on and on)? This just might be the episode for you. This week, Bert shares her experiences (and frustrations) about kids and extracurricular activities. How did we get here? Why are we so focused on them? Do our kids even want to be involved? Bert tries to help find the balance between giving your kids the best experiences you can and making sure you’re doing for the right reasons.

Matriarch Digital Media produces this and other podcasts that understand, encourage and uplift women.

How do I listen to Me Before Mom podcast?

You can listen to Me Before Mom wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

You can listen to a podcast by using your smartphone – iPhone or Andriod. Apple has a huge library of podcasts in iTunes and because of the wide audience Apple has their rating system is kind of the golden standard. Android and iPhone users have quite a few podcast streaming apps to choose from:

  • Google Podcast
  • iHeartRadio Podcasts
  • Pocket Casts (available on iOS and Android) – $4 – one of the best things about Pocket Casts is that it allows you to pick up where you leave off on other devices. That’s huge if you have multiple devices you’re using.
  • TuneIn + Alexa (Alexa devices)
  • Castbox (available on iOS and Android,  Amazon Echo Skill, and Apple Watch & CarPlay support.) – FREE – this is a newer app but it’s been winning a lot of best of awards.
  • Stitcher (available on iOS and Android) – Stitcher is known for the ability to search for episodes and create multiple playlists. The app is free but there is a premium membership that offers podcasts ad free as well as a few premium only podcasts.
  • Spotify – Not just for music anymore, Spotify has curated quite the podcast library and is adding new shows daily.
  • Castros 3 (iPhone only) – According to quite a few reviews I read Castros 3 is the best iPhone only app to use if you are subscribed to many different podcasts.
  • Podchaser – There isn’t an app for this one but they’ve made their website mobile friendly so you can access it via mobile.

How do you know when your child is doing too much extracurricular activities? You can say 'no'. It doesn't make you a bad mother to protect your child's time and emotional energy. #parenting #sportsmom #dancemom #soccermom

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