Hey there, welcome back to another episode of the Family Brand Podcast! Mellisa here, and this week is a bit different and I’m super excited to share it with you. So, I spent last weekend hanging out with some of my college roommates and amidst the reminiscing, we stumbled onto a topic we’ve all tackled: raising toddlers.  

Our guests today are Mary Anne, Marlee, Kristal, Brittney, and Karla! By the end of this episode you are going to love them as much as I do. First, I have to shout out to my friend Shelby, from the “From Another Mother” podcast. She was the one who originally suggested that we take on this toddler-talk. Thanks, Shelby, this episode’s for you!

Now, let’s face it, handling toddlers is a wild ride! It’s fun, tiring, and challenging all rolled into one. Who better to chew over this with than my amazing squad who’ve all braved the toddler years too? It was an absolute blast!

We didn’t have any scripts or fancy child psychology degrees. Nope, it was just us moms, sharing our stories and advice from our own toddler-raising adventures. That’s what makes this chat so special. There’s a mix of tips and experiences, some of which might hit home for you, others maybe not so much. That’s cool, though. The last thing we want is for anyone to listen to this and feel overwhelmed.

We put this episode together as a treasure trove of support, encouragement, and tips, from our homes to yours. We hope it leaves you feeling inspired, reminding you that you’re exactly the parent your toddler needs. We all have different stories. One of us lived overseas while her hubby served in the military, others juggled being full-time moms and career women.

At the end of the day, I hope this episode leaves you feeling not just inspired, but also reassured that you’re doing a great job. Yes, parenting can be tough. But remember what Mary Anne said, “give yourself some grace”. Keep loving yourself, and always remember, you’re exactly the mom your toddler needs. Hit play to hear the full conversations! 




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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 0:02 What’s inside this special episode! (This one is for the Moms)
  • 5:20 Intro and why Melissa is so thankful for her old roommates 
  • 6:58 Melissa’s tips for toddler moms
  • 8:50 Kristal’s advice and the importance of physical connection with your kids 
  • 9:46 Brittney’s advice and the power of simplifying your life 
  • 13:51 Marlee’s advice and setting up a routine in your home 
  • 20:16 Karla’s advice and how to be more consistent as a parent
  • 24:50 Mary Ann’s advice and why you should lean into grace 
  • 28:11 Trust yourself! Parenting can be challenging but you are doing a great job. 
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