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The Mama Bear Podcast is a place for women raising children with special needs to get together and chat about life. Mary Susan McConnell and her guests discuss the beautiful highs and the extreme lows that can come with parenting on such unique journeys. Conversations are fun, candid, and you may want headphones (adult language warning).
 
This show is for anyone who is raising a child with neurological differences. Raising a child with autism and epilepsy like my daughter Remy, I have learned quite a few lessons about the special needs world and the evolution of growth as a mom. In this show, we discuss all of it. Parenting, marriage, the autism world, epilepsy world and everything in between. Welcome, I am so glad you stopped by
 
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Discover how Allison Cullen helps fellow mamas design a life of ease and authenticity by helping them align with their unique energy type. Find Allison's podcast, The Aligned Designs Podcast on iTunes (or click the link). Find Allison on instagram at: @aligned.designs The link for the chart mentioned in the show is HERE Find Mary Susan at: www.mary…
 
In this episode, Mary Susan shares ideas IG followers sent her in regards to this year's celebrations along with what she and her family have done at home the past few years with her daughter's sensory/diet considerations. Find the host, Mary Susan McConnell here: Her ebook: We're Going to Have Fun, Damnit: Transparent Tales of Thriving & Strugglin…
 
In this episode, Mary Susan shares creative ways she has found to handle exhaustion (besides 17 cups of coffee) and the types of fatigue that many parents raising children with special needs experience. Check out Mary Susan's online course "Make More Money, Mama" HERE: https://mama-bear-media-w-dr-mary-susan-mcconnell.teachable.com/p/make-money-mam…
 
In this episode, we are going to be talking about how to let others care for your special needs child. The reason why this is an important topic is because as special needs moms, we wear all the hats. We take care of our children, the house, our marriage, other kids, work, cooking, cleaning, errands, doctor’s appointments, and the list goes on. I u…
 
Okay. I hear you. Hiring a babysitter is too expensive. No one can take care of your kids as well as you can. How could you trust someone or find the time to find someone? How do you know if they are treating your kids well when you aren't there? I get it and I hear you. These are things I used to tell myself. But I am doing this episode because I …
 
In this episode, Mary Susan shares how her coaching practice led her to create a course designed for full-time caregivers- and how they can creatively fulfill their bank accounts and their spirits. (Turning passions into profits without a ton of time). Enroll today. Make More Money, Mama: Creative Ways to Seriously Increase Your Income When You're …
 
On this Q&A episode of the podcast, I am responding to a question I got on Instagram that was really really good! It's all about how offended we are when we hear the R word. In the special needs arena, that is very hurtful. I have a lot of thoughts about this because it's something I’ve struggled with over the last few years, and I’ve finally come …
 
In this episode, it's going to be a little different. I have had the idea of adding a second episode a week. I get a lot of questions from people, a lot of questions that are really good and important to me and to the special needs community, so I really want to discuss them with all of you. In this episode, and for future Q&A's, I am just going to…
 
In this episode, Mary Susan recognizes how many women have shown interest in finding ways to increase their income and re-enter the professional space while simultaneously being a full-time caregiver. Learn more about Mary Susan's coaching options and apply HERE. Take the survey to share your preferences for the Making Money Workshop HERE.…
 
Today we are talking about acceptance. It is my biggest dream for every parent that has a child with special needs because what you can do with acceptance can change the world. You cannot be the best, most effective, and most loving parent until you get to this phase. The journey is you discovering what that purpose is. And I believe that your chil…
 
When my daughter Remy was diagnosed with autism, I had ALL the feels. I struggled and I felt alone. I didn’t know how I was going to be the kind of mother that Remy needed, and I didn't understand why she had special needs. How could God do this to a child? Why did God choose me? What did I do to deserve this? But I had SUCH a radical transformatio…
 
Today’s topic is ALL about bargaining. The word bargaining is confusing for a lot of people, and whenever we talk about the stages of grief, we don't even know what it really is and want to move on to the “better” stages, because who needs bargaining? But it's one that will actually keep us stuck the longest. I don't think we even realize we are do…
 
This episode is a heavy topic, but I am really excited about it. It is about anger and grieving what your old ideas or thoughts were for your child. It is a previously recorded episode and it's one of the first one I've ever done. I wanted to play it because the discussion of the stages of grief still rings true for any mom or any parent who is pro…
 
This episode is about denial and it is one of THE most important episodes of this entire podcast. What I know now is that when you are raising a child with special needs, there is a part of you that has to die. And I know that sounds a little crazy, but raising a child with special needs requires you to change. It requires you to become a better ve…
 
Currently, I am going through a season of depression in my life. This is not a comfortable topic for me to talk about, but I realize how important and crucial this discussion is right now. I also know that one of the BEST ways to overcome it is to talk about it. So, that's what I am doing in this episode. This is just coming from my own experience …
 
In this episode, Mary Susan discusses the very important episode her friend and fellow podcaster / special needs mama Kim Albrecht just published on her show the Lomah Special Needs Podcast. Click HERE to listen to Kim's very important episode of the Lomah Special Needs Podcast: 116. Complicated Behaviors: Touching of Self and Others. Click HERE to…
 
On this episode, I am talking with Sherilyn Toro who is an amazing mama of two kids. Her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was ten years old, and her son, Gabe, was recently diagnosed with Autism. She is so incredible and openly shares about her hopes and fears surrounding her son’s diagnosis, how important Early Intervention was…
 
I am speaking today with Heather Cadenhead, who is the incredible mama and home-school teacher of two boys. Her 8 year old son Milo is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum. Heather and her family have been on the autism journey for a few years now and she has learned a lot throughout her journey. She talks about finding resources for her son, getti…
 
In this episode, Mary Susan talks about the brutal place of unknowing that so many parents are finding themselves in right now, especially those whose children receive special education services, in regards to school amidst the covid-19 pandemic. She also talks about 2 things she's personally doing this week to help her feel better. Want to work wi…
 
In this episode I talk about ways we can work together to help you maintain your visions and reach your goals while also being a full-time caregiver. Learn more HERE about the 4-Week Intensive and/or Empower Hours here. Know you want to do it? Apply for the 4 week intensive HERE. Want to commit to one hour? Immediately book an Empower Hour HERE. Fi…
 
This is a very different episode then the ones I’ve done in the past. I have had a lot on my mind and I wanted to share that with you. I believe that it really ties in to special needs parenting and has given me clarity about why I am even here, doing this podcast, and why I have such a passion to talk to parents with kids that have special needs. …
 
In this episode Mary Susan speaks about the stresses of quarantine (specifically for families raising kids with unique needs), walking through the unknowns of school, and a story about her beloved Sarah (angel dog). Book your personal Empower Hour with Mary Susan today! Find Mary Susan at www.marysusanmcconnell.com and on IG & FB @marysusanmcconnel…
 
I am so excited to have Stephanie Hanrahan on the podcast for this episode because she is so vulnerable and unafraid to talk about the hard areas of her life. She shares the personal story of having a husband with a chronic illness, what its really been like being a mom of two kids on the spectrum, and how she achieved success by opening up and una…
 
In this episode, Mary Susan speaks with fellow special needs mama and Co-Founder, CEO of Real Food Blends, Julie Bombacino about the common question, "Can I put real food through my child's feeding tube?" They discuss the behind-the-scenes of developing a business, solving a need, and that first moment both Mary Susan and Julie had of pushing real …
 
I am really excited about today’s episode because I am speaking with Valerie Brooks who is the mother of three kids, and currently a caretaker for her daughter Jess, an adult who is blind and has autism. People like Val and her daughter Jessica help me to see how amazing life can be, even when it is really hard. Val shares all of her struggles with…
 
In this episode, host Mary Susan McConnell shares what's been going on in their house: Dysregulation + the Nonverbal Component + the Pandemic. Find Mary Susan at www.marysusanmcconnell.com and on IG & FB @marysusanmcconnell. This episode is sponsored by Zesh by DotCom Therapy. Zesh offers speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health coun…
 
In this episode, I am interviewing Nicole Gottesmann, who shares her powerful story of overcoming the tragedy and grief of losing her husband, her experience with getting an autism diagnosis for her son Gabe, dealing with breast cancer, and through it all, how she was able to find love again. Nicole's story is so beautiful and she is such an amazin…
 
In this episode, Mary Susan shares 7 tips for working from home when you are simultaneously parenting children with unique needs. Learn more about the individual 4-week intensive Mary Susan mentioned and get on the waiting list HERE. Find Mary Susan at: www.marysusanmcconnell.com IG / FB: @marysusanmcconnell Needing something NEW during quarantine?…
 
In this episode, I am talking to Katie Poirier who was a former physician’s assistant and is now a stay-at-home mom to two kids under two. She talks about the birth of both of her children, Everett and Isla, Postpartum Depression, and her story about recently getting an autism diagnosis for her first child, Everett. It is an amazing conversation ab…
 
Carly Beth Webber is on the show today sharing her journey walking through divorce and raising multiple children with special needs. Find Carly and her facebook group for Survivors of Adultery, Abuse, and Abandonment on FB or IG: @carlybethwebber or at www.carlybethwebber.com Needing something NEW during quarantine? Today’s sponsor is StickTogether…
 
In this episode, I am interviewing Andrea Andrade who is the mother of 3 children, ages 22, 18, and 16. Her middle child, Teddy, was diagnosed with autism when he was just 2 years old, so she has almost 17 years of experience of being an autism mom. She talks about receiving an autism diagnosis, motherhood, raising three children, self-care, having…
 
In this episode, Jeniece Stewart, founder of Special Needs Siblings, returns to the show to speak about her experiences as a black woman raising 6 children, including a teenage son with epilepsy and autism. A massive thank you to Jeniece for coming on the show. You can find her at: IG: @jeniecestewart / @special_needs_siblings www.specialneedssibli…
 
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