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Mia Redrick is on a mission to empower one million mothers to practice better self-care. Redrick is a segment Host on the Emmy nominated television show America Now. She is a best-selling author of Time for Mom-Me:5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care and Time for Mom-Me: 365 Daily Strategies for a Mother’s Self-Care. Affectionately known as The Mom Strategist™, Redrick has reached thousands, both nationally and internationally, with her inspiring message for moms that “self-care is non-negotiable but necessary to be the best parent possible.”

As the founder and CEO of Finding Definitions, LLC, she is leading the charge to establish Time for Mom-Me self-care groups across the country using her turnkey system. She provides coaching and consulting on life and business systems that mothers trust to design the lives that they want, and create the support that they need to live and love fully.

Redrick is a dynamic speaker with an incredible story and the amazing ability to inspire the expert in every mom. Mia has appeared on The Ricki Lake Show and Huffington Post Live. She is a Parenting Expert for ABC News 2 in Baltimore, MD and is a featured contributor on the popular Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Yahoo!Shine.com,DrLaura.com, and Mom.me.

Redrick’s advice has also been featured in Essence and Woman’s World magazines, The Baltimore Business Journal, The Washington Post, The Vancouver Sun,and CNN.com. She has also been featured on National Public Radio Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and SKY Radio for both Delta and American Airlines.

Redrick is a triathlete and the founder of a triathlon team for mother's called The Iron Moms. She resides in Baltimore, MD with her husband, three children and her lovable Shih Tzu dog, Mick Ray.

Visit the Time For Mom-Me community and Finding Definitions to learn more about Mia and the services she provides, including event speaking, retreats, consulting and coaching. Redrick is the host of The Time for Mom-Me Retreat & Experience Weekend .

Entries by Mia Redrick

Every Mom's Back-to-School Wish List

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 2:10 PM

I recently went school supply shopping for my three children who are in elementary, middle and high school. I pulled out the lists of "must-haves" including pens, markers, construction paper (white AND colored), graph paper, protractors, rulers, binders (1-inch AND 3-inch), pencils, erasers, pencil boxes, highlighters, dry erase markers, paper,...

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Why Don't We Tell Women The Truth About Motherhood?

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:45 PM

I've formally coached moms for the last 10 years since I started my company to empower moms to practice better self-care. The truth is that I've coached moms informally since becoming a mother 16 years ago. I'm the mother of a lower, middle and high schooler and practically every scenario...

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How to Survive Crisis or Change as a Family

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:38 PM

In March, my husband had a successful kidney transplant after being on dialysis for five long years. He is doing amazing and our family has learned the transformative power of change after spending the last five years responding to frequent change as a result of adjustments to schedules, vacations, medical...

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Redefining Motherhood: Taking Care of the Me in Mommy

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Motherhood is one of the only jobs you can have in the world where you literally have to be responsive and responsible 24 hours a day, including managing night feedings, diaper changes, bed time tantrums, nightmares, bed wetting accidents, comforting a child because of scary dreams and coping with illnesses....

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6 Ways to Ignite a Spark in Your Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:16 PM


My husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding Anniversary on December 29th last year. One of the secrets to the success in our marriage is that we make dating one another a non-negotiable. So how do couples, and particularly ones with children, make it a priority to continue romancing one another?

While it might not always be easy to implement, dating your spouse works best as a dedication to your marriage. Not doing so can result in a lack of intimacy and personal connection. My husband and I decided to get creative about keeping the spark ignited in our marriage after spending way too many evenings at home not knowing what we should do together.

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Today, we consistently date bi-weekly. Our children love seeing their mom and dad connect (although they often say "gross" or "yuck"). Dating one another isn't about our children; it is about the two of us taking a stand for our relationship and taking steps to make sure it is a good one. It is about us doing what we need to do to prevent growing apart because of the busyness of life and business. Here are some recommendations to help you commit to dating your spouse:

Book your babysitter in advance. When our children were younger we scheduled our babysitter(s) in advance as a standing order. Our sitter would arrive at 7pm every Friday night whether or not we had plans. Committing to the sitter forced us to get out of the house and figure out something for the two of us to routinely do.

Create a date box for you and your spouse. Sometimes the children will go to bed as scheduled and you and your sweetie might have an opportunity to date at home. You can store date ideas in your date box such as watching a movie together, giving a massage, or opening a special bottle of wine and actually breaking out the good wine glasses. The idea is that the date is already planned and waiting for you inside the date box. The two of you can add to the date box as you come up with new experiences and ideas. The date box allows you to make use of those rare moments when you are able to have some quality time because all the planning is already done.

Subscribe to a concert series or check out free concerts in your community. My husband and I have gotten pretty creative over the years and have attended concerts, cooking classes, wine tastings, and book signings to keep our nights out together interesting. We love doing things in groups because we have the opportunity to meet other couples as well.

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As a challenge, go on dates that cost less than $5.00. The goal is to build intimacy and connection, and add quality into your relationship without creating another expense. Identify 5-10 things that you can do that cost less than $5.00. My husband and I love to go to our favorite bookstore, free museums, and coffee shops, take garden tours, and enjoy scoops of ice cream. The goal is talk to one another, hold hands, and connect. You don't need a big date budget to do that.

Get dressed up at least once a quarter. Go out for a nice dinner and dancing for a change of pace. Sometimes our partners are only dressed up for work. When they get home from work the first thing they want to do is get comfortable and we don't get to experience them looking good for just us.

Send the children to the grandparents or a good friend's home for the weekend. There is nothing like enjoying your home alone with your partner. When my children were young we couldn't always find someone to watch our children overnight so instead we would send them to their grand mom's for a few hours and date in our home alone (Shhhhhhh...).

The point is that keeping things exciting in your marriage means you have to commit to building a culture of commitment, connection and closeness. Dating your partner will give you both the opportunity to rebuild and rekindle that loving...

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The Reason Why You Aren't a Good Mother

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:31 PM

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I'm so tired of the lie that mothers find happiness when they strike a balance in their lives and work. That is not true!

I've been a mom for 15 years and I have a 9, 12 and 15-year-old. I can count on...

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Why I Gave Up on 'Doing It All' As a Mom

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:11 PM

'Doing it all' in motherhood no longer works. It can be overwhelming for moms to handle the endless list of to-do's and mega-tasks. Parents' job responsibilities grow just as fast as their children. As the mom of three children who are in elementary, middle and high school, I can easily...

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Teaching Your Daughter How to Deal With Mean Girls

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 5:32 PM

It can be heart-wrenching for moms to deal with the inevitable tears that most middle school girls will experience upon encountering mean girls. Sadly, it is a part of life. I recall my middle school years, when my best friend of seven years dumped me like a sack of potatoes...

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3 Ways to Avoid Mommy Burnout

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 5:41 PM

At some point in motherhood, burnout is going to happen. For most moms, it happens during those first few days after you leave the hospital with your baby. It begins with endless feedings and diaper changes that last throughout the night until you feel like you are moving in slow...

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Why Mothers Put Themselves Last

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:28 PM

I've spent the last nine years as a life coach for mothers helping clients identify their dreams, plans and goals and supporting moms with systems in their lives and for their businesses. Over the years, I've supported hundreds of mothers in Time for Mom-Me® groups around the country,...

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Why 'Me Time' Matters

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:51 AM


When we become parents, we learn everything we need to learn about how to prepare for our children, to keep them safe, how to nurture them, the best developmental programs for them at each stage of their growth, etc. We invest and justify amazing purchases for the perfect strollers, cribs, bouncers and high chairs, and we never blink or feel guilty about providing "the best" for our children. The journey of parenting is far from a straight line. In fact, it can be a daily dose of zig-zags as we learn what really matters and how to truly enjoy the journey and not just make each day a list of to-do's.

I have made time at least once a week for the last fourteen years to be alone with myself because I deserve, need and want some time to be me. I invest in myself by fueling my life with things that I enjoy such as books, working out, "stay-cations," manicures, education, mentorship and more. My story of beginning my motherhood experience understanding that I would always stay connected to the "me" in mommy is a unique one, but it has allowed me the opportunity to share with thousands of women that you don't have to embrace calamity as your new normal. You have the power to influence your schedule, to say no, to ask your family to help you, to take off your cape and say that you don't like to fly.

For me, taking care of myself first has allowed me to take better care of my family. "Me Time" matters because it has allowed me to be clear about what I really need to do to begin with, what priorities to accomplish first, and what I need to scratch off my list because it is unimportant or taxing. I don't struggle with taking time to be alone because my alone time has allowed me to be completely present to my family and not resentful that the day and expectations never end.

Turn on any television show about mothers or parents, or read stories about their journeys, and you will soon learn that embracing calamity is the picture of parenthood. Typically, when we see order represented it usually accompanies a zealot mom who might have peculiar ways to get the children to learn, eat or dance. Where are the moms like me? I don't see them on television and yet I meet them every day at school. Disorder isn't my love language either and I don't have a radical approach that requires my family to suffer while I thrive or vice versa. As a result of knowing myself better, I am able to share all of me with my family including the things I love, want and yes, need. This example has modeled a life for my children that says that giving to others and refueling yourself are both important and they are not in conflict.

Self-care is an intricate part of my family's values along with love, honesty and respect. Taking care of one's self is not a dirty word in my home, but a language that we all understand and support. Yes, I'm making the case that perhaps what parents need in the beginning of their parenting journey is to know how to create life systems that are sustainable. They need to know that just as you create and prepare for your baby, you need to prepare and build community and learn how to grow your own life. Enjoy my vlog about why "me time" matters to me. I can't wait to read your...

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The 7 Truths About Motherhood

(13) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Motherhood is great but at times, it can be extremely difficult. I am the mother of a 14, 11, and 7-year-old, and every day, my children provide new joys to celebrate and new challenges to overcome. Our days are a blur of meals to be prepared, assignments to check, assemblies...

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What Every Woman Should Know About 'Me Time'

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Whenever I spend time with my girlfriends and mention "Me Time," there seems to be confusion about exactly what it entails. Though we know that we must take care of ourselves to be better mothers, we always seem to get sidetracked. There's always something else to do and someone else's...

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A Woman's Choice: The Right to Stay at Home

(21) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 1:07 PM

Over the last fourteen years, I've been a working mom, a SAHM and a work-from-home mom and business owner in my motherhood journey. Because I am college-educated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and worked as a Corporate Trainer for a Fortune 500 company, the reaction of relatives and...

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Losing Weight After Baby

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 2:36 PM

Like most moms, I've struggled with either gaining too much weight while pregnant with my three children or losing weight after each pregnancy. Well, except for my second pregnancy, but then I gained weight while nursing and craving chocolate chip cookies! I've gained anywhere from 10 to 40 pounds per...

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13 Things You Wish Someone Had Told You About Motherhood

(8) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 3:48 PM

No matter what stage of motherhood you are in, you have probably wished at some point that someone had been around to tell you all the things you had to learn the hard way. You've probably read quite a few parenting books, which can be helpful, but no book covers...

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Father's Day 2012: What Your Husband Really Wants for Fathers Day and Every Day

(15) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. ~Simone Signoret

I've been married to my husband for 16 years. We met during the summer of 1995 and he proposed to me in November. We got...

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How Women Lose Themselves in Motherhood

(21) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 3:30 PM

So many women lose themselves in motherhood. I call this the "Silent War," the process of slowly fading away from yourself, your interests and your passions without even realizing that it is happening.

At some point, all mothers face this crossroad in parenting. We come up for air and...

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Eight Ways To Jump-Start Date Night

(8) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 2:22 PM

My husband and I try to go on a date once a month to keep our connection strong and to enjoy one another's company -- without the children. Sometimes we fail because we get tired, or the sitter falls through, or, unfortunately, we forget to make the date a priority....

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Social Media: 4 Strategies for Growing Your Online Network

(8) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 5:50 PM

According to Pam Dryer in her article "How Women Use Social Media," 53 percent of American women regularly use social media. 75 percent of them use it to connect with friends and family, 57 percent use it for fun and entertainment, and 52 percent use it to "connect...

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