Episode 20: Overcoming Mom Guilt & Exhaustion artwork
Finger Painting The Future

Episode 20: Overcoming Mom Guilt & Exhaustion

  • S1E20
  • 36:51
  • February 24th 2021

Did you know that out of the 35 million mothers in the US, 9.8 million of them are suffering from burnout due to the pandemic? With everything that moms are being forced to juggle nowadays, how can they overcome and work through this exhaustion? On this episode of Finger Painting the Future, Florence Ann and Joe speak with the host of Morning Beats TV and auntie to three wonderful daughters, Ashley Larsen, about mom exhaustion, mommy guilt, and more.

Listen as Florence Ann and Ashley bond over being aunties to their friends' and sisters' children. They chat about how common it is for mommies to feel guilty for asking for help — and how they've been able to make their loved ones feel more comfortable doing so. Joe also shares why he believes husbands and fathers have a duty to help their spouse out and how men should go about doing that.

About our guest: A Louisiana native, Ashley is an MFA-trained actor, screenwriter, and producer. Since childhood, Ashley has been on stage and backstage with experiences ranging from plays, short films, movies and commercials. She is currently the host, producer, and writer of Morning Beats TV, a positive and inspiring morning show that airs on national television and digital streaming. It airs on The Heartland Network, The Family Channel and Retro TV Network. When Ashley isn’t in front of the camera, she loves to sing, read poetry and write music.



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 It doesn’t matter whether it’s a toddler or teenager, today’s parents are overwhelmed with a never ending list of head scratching heart pumping questions that leave them searching for the answers on how to raise a good child. Join the Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano and renowned educator Joseph Fatheree on Finger Painting The Future, a podcast that will help you search for solutions to the questions that keep parents up at night.

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Florence Ann Romano
Host & Childcare Advocate

My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!

I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.

Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!

I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.

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Joe Fatheree
Host & Award-Winning Educator

Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.

He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.

Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.