Ages & Stages Podcast

082 // Ages & Stages Recap (and How to Create a Virtual Mom Squad) – The Kindred Mom Team

Host Emily Sue Allen and KM team members Robin Chapman, Mary Kate Brown, Bethany McMillon, and Melissa Hogarty to close out the Ages & Stages of Childhood series on The group discusses the beauty and importance of having a virtual mom squad and announces a new Kindred Mom Resource: How to Create a Virtual Mom Squad, which you can download today!

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About Host Emily Sue Allen:

Emily Sue Allen is the founder of the Kindred Mom blog and host of the Kindred Mom podcast. She also is an ongoing devotional contributor to Joyful Life Magazine, a member of Hope*Writers, and has contributed writing in a variety of online spaces. Living a deeply nourished life, and helping women find joy in the midst of their motherhood journey are among her greatest passions. She is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of humble things and deeply values the grace and truth of Jesus Christ and the riches found in the word of God. She lives with her husband and seven kids in the Pacific Northwest, and blogs at Subscribe to her newsletter, “The Work of Flourishing,” for personal stories about intentionally nourishing your spirit, mind, and body.  Find Kindred Mom on Instagram(@kindred_mom) and Facebook, and say hello to Emily personally on Instagram(@emily_sue_allen).


Guests on this Episode

Melissa Hogarty

Melissa Hogarty is a habitually overwhelmed mama who is learning to slow down and sometimes say no. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three kids (ages 7, 5, and 1), who regularly teach her that she has more to learn in the areas of grace, patience, and letting loose. She can often be found cuddled up with a good novel or pulling cookies out of the oven. Melissa is an editor and regular contributor at Kindred Mom and a member of the Exhale creative community. She enjoys singing with her church worship team and fellowshipping with other moms. She also writes a personal blog, Savored Grace, where you can find recipes as well as ideas about motherhood and faith, and occasionally updates her Instagram.


Bethany McMillon

Bethany McMillon is a coffee, football, and ice cream lover from McKinney, TX.  She adores her number-loving accountant husband and her growing too fast boy.  Bethany works full-time as a teacher and school librarian, which aligns perfectly with the joy she finds in reading and writing.  She is passionate about building deeper relationships with both Jesus and those that she loves.  Her spirit is most settled after she has connected with a friend about God’s mercy and grace over coffee, sweet tea on the patio, or even a side-by-side walk through a local neighborhood.  She hopes to encourage women to find and hold onto those connections within busy and quick-paced lives.  Bethany is a member of the Hope*Writers community and writes almost weekly on her website,  She can be found on Instagram @BethanyMcMillon and on Facebook at Bethany McMillon, Writer.


Robin Chapman

Robin Chapman is a full-time imperfect mama, wife, and Jesus follower. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband of 13 years and four children (ages 1 to 7). She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy, and she has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years know they are normal and there is hope. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with a cup of coffee, or online looking for grace in her mundane and crazy life on her blog, Instagram, or Facebook.

Read some of Robin’s writing:
Growing Compassion For My Body  /  Parenting in Public  /  Tending a Marriage


Mary Kate Brown

Mary Kate and her husband Brian are high-school sweethearts who recently left their lifelong home in the Chicago suburbs for a rural property in Western Michigan. Together they homeschool their three daughters, and are making plans for turning their new property into a small-scale homestead. After overcoming numerous health challenges due to autoimmunity, Mary Kate is passionate about helping others find healing and wholeness. She leads an online group  teaching the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet, and inspires others to incorporate simple, nourishing, real-food recipes in their own homes. She also writes online at, and you can catch up with her on Instagram @choosinggraceblog

Read some of Mary Kate’s writing:
Dare to Dance / New Baby, New Mom


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