Mamas on Magic 107.9: All about the fur babies

dog2Isn’t it amazing how fast the pets in our lives become members of the family? Recently we talked about “fur babies” on the Mamas on Magic radio segment — which you can hear by tuning in to 107.9 at 7:45 weekdays.

Click the audio bars below to hear the week’s discussion and find out why getting a fur baby just might be a great thing for the real babies in your life.

Why pets are good for child development

Pet memories

Choosing the right breed for your circumstances

Pet + etiquette = “petiquette.”

Mamas’ pet stories

 

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Summer Brain Drain

When the summer days get really hot, it’s easy for kids to turn into “screen zombies” — sitting for long stretches of time watching TV or playing video games or zombie redsmartphone apps. And all that screen time can also contribute to what experts call “brain drain” or “summer slide,” which is when kids actually forget some of what they learned during the previous school year (up to two months’ worth of reading and math skills! Yikes!)

Recently on our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment, we talked about different ways to prevent Brain Drain and keep the kids entertained but also mentally active this summer. (We do NOT think summer should feel like a continuation of the school year. Kids need a break! But we believe there IS a happy medium somewhere between school work and screen zombie.)

Click the audio play arrows below to hear some ideas on how to balance fun, downtime with things that keep the kids’ minds sharp over the summer. And listen to Mamas on Magic 107.9 live by tuning in at 7:45 a.m. each weekday.

Why Brain Drain Matters

The “Earn an Hour” System

All About “Bridge” Books

The Summer Job

 

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Get rid of these happiness killers

At the end of the day, what most of us want (for ourselves and for our families) is to be happy. But sometimes bad mental habits can get in the way of the sad facehappiness we should be feeling.

Recently on our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment (which airs at 7:45 a.m. weekdays on Magic 107.9) we discussed a Time magazine article that outlined what those bad mental habits are and how to get rid of them to boost our overall happiness level.

Click the play arrows on the audio bars below to hear more about the habits you can kick to the curb this week. Come on get happy!

Happiness killers: Slouching; Taking too many photos

Happiness killers: Workplace bullies; Lack of exercise

Happiness killers: Procrastination; Toxic relationships

Happiness killers: Taking yourself too seriously; Not getting enough sleep

Happiness killers: Never being alone: Not talking face to face

Mamas on Magic 107.9: The list of “should do’s”

shan gwen radio resizedMamas, we found a great list of things we should all really do — sooner versus later — on the website Cool Mom Picks. (Click here to see the list.) Many of the radio microphonetasks on this list are things that we tend to put off, but they still keep circling around in our brain because we know these things are important. We talked about this “should do” list recently during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment, which airs at 7:45 a.m. on weekdays. (We’d love for you to tune in and listen while you’re in the car, at work or having breakfast.)

Click the audio play arrows below to hear more about the things on the “should do” list. Which ones are you going to do this summer?

Should list: Make a will; Interview your parents or grandparents

Should list: Change your passwords; Read that book

Should list: Make the doctor’s appointment; Set up automatic transfer;

Should list: Make a phone call; Learn something new: Clean off a shelf

Should list: “Buy the boat” (aka…Do the thing you’ve always wanted to do.)

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Get ready for summer!

Most kids in Northwest Arkansas will be out of school in a matter of days. Are we ready, mamas?

sunshineIf not, we’ve got a few short audio clips from the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio show that might help. We recently discussed ways to get prepped for summer break — everything from travel tips to lists of local summer camp and day camp options in Northwest Arkansas. Click the play arrows below to get all the info.

You can hear the Mamas on Magic radio segments live by tuning into Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday.

Ready… set… summer!

Travel safety tip for parents of toddlers and preschoolers

Road trip tips

Summer camp options: Part 1

Summer camp options: Part 2

Summer bucket list!