Mums’ Group
S2 09 | Motherhood & Ministry

S2 09 | Motherhood & Ministry

March 17, 2021

When you’ve got young kids, you can be distracted on Sunday’s at church. With children pulling at your clothes, needing help on the toilet, in desperate need of their water bottle, and keen to go home, it can be hard to hold a conversation. 

But what happens if you're in full-time ministry, and the congregation is relying on you to preach, or walk with them through a crisis?

In this episode we unpack one mother's experience of having four children, planting a church in another country, and the windy road that led her back to God after her own mother passed away.

 

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Emma Mullings.

You can find out more about Emma's Church Plant:  http://www.historymakers.church/ 

 

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S2 08 | Tips & Tricks

S2 08 | Tips & Tricks

March 3, 2021

Becoming a parent can be a bit overwhelming, especially when advice pours in from all sides.

But here's some more for you to take or leave anyway!

This episode is a collective brain dump of tips and tricks and recommendations for new and expectant mums.

We hope there's something helpful for you. 

 

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by the Mum's Group Community.

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S2 07 | Siblings

S2 07 | Siblings

February 24, 2021

Giving your children the gift of siblings is a great joy. Those heart explosions when your kids are playing well together are worth all the fights you need to referee throughout the day.

But how do you foster strong sibling bonds? How do you intentionally parent kids that are at different developmental stages? Is it possible to avoid jealous or competitive rivalries? 

In this episode, two mums share their experience of having multiple children – the joys, the challenges, the guilt, and their insights into how to foster a strong friendship between their kids. 

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Tahnee Appel & Kirsty Lawrenson.

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S2 06 | Birth Trauma

S2 06 | Birth Trauma

February 17, 2021

Every birth is wild. As long as everyone makes it out okay, we say, that’s all that matters. And of course, in the big picture, there’s truth to that. 

And yet, research tells us, birth experiences matter a great deal when it comes to how things unfold in those initial months and can be extremely triggering when a mother considers having future children.

Obviously, there's the physical damage, but the emotions that come with a traumatic birth can be just as, if not more, challenging to overcome. 

In this episode, one mother shares her story of a traumatic pregnancy, birth and post-labour that she experienced with her second child, and the steps she's taking to process it all. 

Trigger Warning: This episode may be triggering for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage or traumatic birth. 

Visit the Gidget Foundation for resources and support if you are experiencing perinatal anxiety or depression including intrusive thoughts and feelings associated with a traumatic pregnancy, birth or post-natal period: gidgetfoundation.org.au

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Kirsty Lawrenson.

 

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S2 05 | Toilet Training

S2 05 | Toilet Training

February 9, 2021
From the day our babies are born, all that their bottoms have really known is a snug nappy.
 
So, how do you know when your little one is ready to say good-bye to nappies and toilet-train? And how do you help them learn what to do with their wees and poos?
 
In this episode, one mum shares her experience of toilet-training her two kids with very different personalities and how understanding who they are helped to shape her approach. 
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Bea Hii.
 
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S2 04 | Playtime

S2 04 | Playtime

February 3, 2021

In keeping with the season’s focus on the toddler years, in this episode, we turn our attention to the ‘P’ word – play!

A big part of a toddler’s day, play allows them to be creative, learn to problem solve, share, and so much more.

For parents, playing with our little ones offers us great opportunities for bonding and quality time. Though actually engaging in play can feel like anything from genuinely fun one minute to frustratingly repetitive and exhausting the next.

Two mums share their experience of toddler playtime – the joys, the mess, the hacks, the guilt, and their insights into how to make the most of play for the whole family.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Tahnee Appel & Kirsty Lawrenson.

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S2 03 |  Church With Little Ones

S2 03 | Church With Little Ones

January 27, 2021

Are you feeling disconnected at church? Have you stopped serving in the way you’re used to, or started missing Sunday worship all together?

From the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn to the tantrums and separation anxiety with toddlers to juggling service times and naps, constant interrupted conversations and the challenges of getting to a Bible study regularly enough to feel connected.

At times it can all feel too hard. In this episode, everyday mums share their experience of navigating motherhood and church life – finding a sense of belonging, purpose, and new joys in this season of Sundays – with little ones in tow.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Katherine Francis and Kirsty Lawrenson.

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S2 02 |  Full-Time Motherhood

S2 02 | Full-Time Motherhood

January 19, 2021

Raising the next generation is one of the most rewarding endeavours we can pursue in our lifetime.

But the work we pour into parenting and all that it takes to make a home often isn't as obvious or measurable as in our modern workplaces.

In this episode, we unpack one mother’s experience of being a full-time stay-at-home mum and all the joys and challenges that come with choosing to pursue motherhood as your sole vocation for a season.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Katherine Francis.

 
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S2  01 | And Then There Was Two

S2 01 | And Then There Was Two

January 11, 2021

Welcome to Season 2 of our audible mother’s group for new and expectant mums!

We're excited about the conversations to come- toddler years and more from a Christian worldview.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. 

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S1 13 | Baby #2

S1 13 | Baby #2

June 10, 2020

A second baby brings all sorts of joys and challenges to a family. 

Everyone talks about how difficult it is for your firstborn to suddenly have to share your attention. But it's also an adjustment for you. With less downtime, you have to learn how to divide your mental and physical energy between each child, not to mention your partner. 

Two mums share their experience of this adjustment period- their tips for a smooth transition and the challenges that you may encounter. 

Despite any difficulties you might experience during those first few months, get ready for those precious moments when you watch them play together.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Tahnee Appel & Kirsty Lawrenson.

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S1 12 | Overseas Travel

S1 12 | Overseas Travel

May 11, 2020

Exploring God's creation is a joy and where the best memories can be made. But travelling with newborns or toddlers overseas can cause a lot of anxiety.

Although it's not a particularly relevant topic right now, in light of COVID-19, one day, life as we knew it will resume in some way, and you may embark on a big adventure.

In this episode, two avid mum-travellers share their experiences of travelling with their little ones and some tips and tricks for a smooth trip.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Lyn Saunders & Rachel Young.

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S1 11 | Milestones

S1 11 | Milestones

May 11, 2020

Every parent wants to be confident that their child is hitting the milestones that they should be. But the reality is that oftentimes, the 'timeline' that our kids are supposed to follow for when they 'should be' rolling over, babbling, transitioning to solid food, walking, etc. etc. can cause a lot of middle-of-the-night, anxiety-induced google searching.

In this episode we discuss the different experiences we can have as mothers of reconciling the timeline our kids actually follow with what the text books say.

Of course, as always, if you have any concerns about your child's health and development, please seek the advice of a medical professional.

Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Beth Brown & Kirsty Lawrenson.

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S1 10 | NICU

S1 10 | NICU

May 4, 2020
Being a mum is hard, but being the mum of a sick little one is heart-wrenching.
 
In today’s episode, we unpack one mother’s experience in NICU and helpfully gain some insights into how we can support families we know who might find themselves in similar circumstances.
 
Here's to the special NICU mamas (and papas!) who fight for their babies and never give up! You are strong, remarkable and resilient.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Nicola Hay.
 
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S1 09 | Faith and Motherhood

S1 09 | Faith and Motherhood

April 27, 2020
Being a parent teaches us in the clearest terms how God, our Father in Heaven, relates to us — His love, His frustrations, His compassion for us. The way we feel about our kids is about as close as we can get to grasping how God feels about us, His children.
 
In this episode, three mums share how their motherhood journeys have defined their faith and how their faith has refined their experience of motherhood.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Lyn Saunders & Tahnee Appel.
 
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S1 08 | Returning to Work

S1 08 | Returning to Work

April 20, 2020
Returning to paid work, brings a mix of emotions. There’s the excitement of working and spending time with adults again. But there can also be anxiety about your child’s care, or even feelings of guilt.
 
In this episode, three mum's share their experience of that transition period, and some practical tips that helped their families adjust. But spoiler alert- it takes time.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Lyn Saunders & Tahnee Appel.
 
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S1 07 | Motherhood and Friendships

S1 07 | Motherhood and Friendships

April 8, 2020
One of the most unexpected gifts of motherhood is all the new mum friends you'll gain.
 
It’s an amazing feeling when you realise there are so many people supporting you.
 
But sometimes it's hard to navigate friendships with people in different seasons of life. And sometimes it's hard to have energy for anyone but your immediate family.
 
In this conversation, we discuss how friendships change and evolve once you're a mum, and the opportunity to share your faith with new friends.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Lyn Saunders & Beth Brown.
 
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S1 06 | Miscarriage

S1 06 | Miscarriage

April 8, 2020
For many of us, our motherhood journey is one that is full of both joy and heartache.
 
Miscarriage is sadly all too common. If you haven’t experienced one yourself, there’s a strong chance that a close friend or family member has.
 
Everyone will process the grief of miscarriage differently.
 
In today’s episode we unpack one mother’s experience of miscarriage loss and what it is like to grieve when you trust that God is both good and in complete control of all things.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Nicola Hay.
 
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S1 05 | Sleep

S1 05 | Sleep

April 8, 2020
Ten tips to make your baby sleep through the night from day one!
 
Ok...that's a lie.
 
We'll admit, it's the blind leading the blind a bit on this one. But we hope that sharing our very different approaches to helping our babies sleep will encourage you to trust your own God-given instinct. Do what you need to do to safely get you and your baby the best rest — routine or no routine; textbook or no textbook!
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Lyn Saunders & Beth Brown.
 
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S1 04 | Milk

S1 04 | Milk

April 8, 2020
Let's talk about about nourishing our tiny tots! By breast or by bottle, feeding our babies can be one of the most difficult responsibilities we face as new mums — both physically and emotionally. Particularly when you throw in any extra hurdles like low milk supply, colic and reflux, or allergies and intolerances.
 
Breastfeeding is one of those things that, like childbirth, you can’t quite imagine until you find yourself actually doing it. And though it can be portrayed as something so natural and straightforward, it often takes a lot of time and a whole lot of practice (often in the wee hours of the morning) for you and baby to get into the swing of things.
 
And to all those bottle-feeding mums up late prepping formula dispensers so you're ready at all times, we tip our hats to you — we've been you, we see you, we feel you.
 
No matter your feeding journey, we hope this episode helps find the grace to let go of any mum-guilt and know your baby loves you!
 
If you need help with any feeding issues, you can contact your community health nurse, GP, or the Australian Breastfeeding Association on 1800 686 268.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes. Joined by Samantha Thomas & Nina Corbett.
 
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S1 03 | The Long Wait for Motherhood

S1 03 | The Long Wait for Motherhood

April 8, 2020
The miracle of birth is exactly that — a miracle! And a miracle all the more celebrated and cherished when it is long-awaited and hoped for. Join us as our guest, Beth Brown, shares openly and honestly about the challenging road she faced on the way to motherhood.
 
Hosted and Produced by Ally Barnes.
 
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