Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Danielle Gohr

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Des Moines Parent Spotlight: Danielle Gohr

I am excited to be launching a new series on Des Moines Parent! ‘Des Moines Parent Spotlight’ is a series that highlights different parents in central Iowa. Des Moines is filled with amazing parents rocking parenthood, work, personal life and more. Here is your chance to learn about some of their best advice, their favorite places for their children to play, the perfect night out, and how they juggle it all.

Our first ‘Des Moines Parent Spotlight’ is the founder of Catch This Mama, Danielle Gohr. I have been listening to the Catch This Mama podcast for a while and have fallen in love. Each episode is filled with a great message and amazing information for all moms. I also had the honor to be a guest a few weeks ago and chatted about all things postpartum.

Learn more about Danie and about the Bomb Mom Getaway below. Who is going with me?!

Des Moines Parent Spotlight, Danielle Gohr

Give us a little background of your family and personal life! How many kids do you have? Have you lived in Des Moines all your life? Etc.

I am a wife to a hunk-of-a-man, Chuck, and blessed with 3 little girls Reese, Everly and Charlie and puppy named Scout. In 2017 I quit every obligation including my job, my commitments, and any other extras to figure out what really matters in life. I came out on the side a little bit lighter and a whole lot happier.  In my free time, I am typically googling to see if the mischief of my kids are getting into is normal. I have lived in the Des Moines area since 2012 and absolutely love the community and all it has to offer!

What is your business, and what do you do?

I am the Founder of Catch This Mama which is a podcast, book club, and blog. I also am  Success Coach and recently launched the first-ever Bomb Mom Getaway to provide solutions to the challenges we face as moms on a daily basis. My passion is to create a space where moms can come to own their mom life. The Bomb Mom Getaway is a weekend retreat located at Iowa’s best-kept secret, Honey Creek Resort. This dreamy weekend is geared for the mom looking to find solutions to the challenges she faces on a daily basis. The Bomb Mom Getaway provides an opportunity for you to unwind, connect and renew for the next season of motherhood. The weekend will be filled with life-giving speakers who will leave you feeling inspired to reach for the stuff that really matters in life.

Imagine a weekend where you could take time for yourself, connect with other moms who get you, sleep in your own bed, enjoy hot meals, pursue outdoor activities and ultimately fill your own cup. Mark your calendars for May 17-19, 2019 and go sign up right now as early bird rate ends December 31st!

Why did you become a small business owner?

Whenever I thought about whether or not I should take or leave a job or if I should have another child or whatever the decision was, I look at where I can make the biggest impact. I knew moms needed this and I knew I needed them. I’ve got the entrepreneurship in my blood and when I did my soul searching I knew it was the path for me. It’s where I could make the biggest impact on helping others.

Where is your favorite place to take your children to play indoors?

Johnston Library (it’s free), Get Air, Des Moines Children’s Museum

Where is your favorite place to take your children to play outdoors?

Reiman Gardens, Local Farms (goat farms, cow farms, produce farms, Jester Natural Playscape). 

Parent’s day/night out. Describe your perfect parent only day/night out in Des Moines.

We hit up a happy hour special at a place like Eatery A or Gastro Grub and Pub, have a great cocktail and maybe see a band outdoors, or just go to a hotel where we can actually sleep for an entire night uninterrupted by three kids and a puppy in our bed. That is a dreamy date night.

What are some tips on juggling parenthood, working, and personal life?

You can have it all. It just might not be at the same time. When I quit my job in 2017 I knew I was leaving behind a career I had worked so hard to build. I left it all because I knew my family needed me things to be different for me. My Father In Law passed away this year and he told me the day before he passed that I should be with my children. That I’d have 30+ years to build my career even after they were in school. That meant something to me. If I can build an empire while raising my kids, great. If I slowly chip away and build that empire while mostly raising my kids to be good humans, then that is just fine too. You need not to conquer it all at the same time because then what would be left to live for?

What is your number one parenting tip?

In everything we do as parents give it consistency, give it time, give it space and give it grace. If you want your child to be potty trained, or want them to know their ABCs, or want them to stop biting, or want them to be good at a sport, or want them to go bed with ease, or want them to be kind, it’ll happen if you plant the seeds early and often, but know it’ll always be on their time, not ours. That’s where giving it space and grace comes in. Detach a teeny weeny bit emotionally and keep planting the seeds even when it feels like you are getting nowhere and start If you can let that be your motto, it might get you through the hood we call motherhood. 🙂

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Des Moines Parent Spotlight, Danielle Gohr


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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