One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother

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One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn. Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging and more laughing.

Episodes

Ep. 187: What’s In Your Bag? Plus Kristen Howerton of Rage Against The Minivan  

Biz and Theresa explore what’s in the bags we carry around all day…you know, besides the emotional weight of self-identity and parenting. That aside, it's probably wipes and Band-Aids….and tiny koalas. Plus, Biz gets a wake-up call, Theresa is still pregnant, and we talk to Kristen Howerton of Rage Against The Minivan about transracial adoption and her awesome blog.

Kristen Howerton:
Rage Against The Minivan
Twitter: @KristenHowerton

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Ep. 186: Screw You, Resolutions! Plus Cognitive Sciences Expert Barbara Sarnecka  

Biz and Theresa revisit their resolutions from last year and are reminded that resolutions are bullshit! Seriously. Let's resolve to talk about cake or anything else next year. Plus, Biz recovers from the holidays, Theresa reminds us of her favorite gift, and we talk to Professor of Cognitive Sciences Barbara Sarnecka about her fascinating recent study on how moral judgments affect the way we perceive risk.

Barbara Sarnecka: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/cogdev/Sarnecka/
No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children: http://www.collabra.org/articles/10.1525/collabra.58/
The NPR interview: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/08/22/490847797/why-do-we-judge-parents-for-putting-kids-at-perceived-but-unreal-risk

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Ep. 185: The First Ever HOLIDAY Genius-Fail Spectacular, With Rants  

It's our holiday gift to ourselves and to you: The First Ever HOLIDAY Genius-Fail Spectacular, With Rants! This week we celebrate the holidays with you and all of your amazing calls. It seems like just the thing to get us through this last push of the holidays. We'll see you #HidingInTheBathroom!

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Ep. 184: Am I Doing This Right?  

Biz and Theresa wonder if we're doing it wrong when it comes to responding to poor behavior. Should we be accommodating of difficult behavior when it's obviously just some kind of developmental stage? Or, by letting things slide, are we creating a world of Veruca Salts? Is it okay to just not enlist in some battles? Plus, Biz experiences the power of The Target Shout-Out and Theresa stresses about giving equal attention to her kids.

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Ep. 183: Who Needs Facts When You Have Your Gut?, plus Minna Dubin of #MomLists  

Biz and Theresa say, "facts schmacts!” Of course sugar makes kids hyper! Who cares if science says otherwise? Of course drool plus fever means teething! No matter that your kid has all her teeth- IT'S TEETHING! Astrology? Ha! Your attempts to deny its accuracy just prove you are a (insert your sign here). Okay, okay, all joking aside, science really is the best. We explore the difference between the “gut truths” that aren’t harmful to anyone and the truths that must be recognized as facts in order to keep us all safe. Plus, Biz is forgetting her homework, Theresa's kids team up for trouble, and we talk to the very cool and very honest Minna Dubin, founder of #MomLists.

#MomLists: http://momlists.tumblr.com/
Twitter: @momlists

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are MTMT Watches and Seedling. OBM listeners can get 15% off plus free shipping and free returns from MVMTwatches.com/mother. And go explore the newest and best-selling collections for yourself or for awesome gifts at Seedling.com. Enter code "BadMother" for $10 off your purchase of $30 or more.

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Ep. 182: Driving In Cars With Kids  

Biz and Theresa think back to what life was like when we were just passengers in the cars of life and are fairly certain there was no way we were distracting to our parents. We then impress each other with our feats of managing small children while driving…who knew you could open granola bars and pitch them over your head perfectly to land in your toddler’s mouth? Plus, Biz fears the new year and Theresa gobbles up the good times!

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Ep. 181: Let's Get Ready To Holidaaaaaay! Plus Mindfulness Expert Carla Naumburg, PhD  

The holidays are here! Biz and Theresa head into the festive season wondering: if we say what concerns us and ask for help and the opportunity to actually enjoy at least some of it... maybe we actually will? If that doesn’t work, there's always #HidingInTheBathroom. Plus, Biz says goodbye to the ant and the stroller, Theresa is faced again with one of the great questions of the universe, and we talk to the very funny and very grounded Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness With Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family.

Carla Naumburg: http://carlanaumburg.com/
Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family: http://amzn.to/2gHXQ9J
Twitter: @SWMama

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Ep. 180: You Win Some, You Lose Some, Plus Marriage Family Therapist Beth Hossfeld  

Biz and Theresa wonder if everyone deserves a trophy or if the cut-and-dry world of "1st, 2nd and 3rd Place" make us stronger. Maybe just the act of having to explain winning and losing to our kids makes us strong enough. Plus, Biz takes it offline, Theresa runs away to the woods, and we get some help from Theresa’s mom, Marriage Family Therapist Beth Hossfeld, on how to go on parenting when we're scared or dealing with crisis.

One Circle Foundation

New York Times Article: Breathe. Exhale. Repeat. The Benefits of Controlled Breathing.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall Rosenberg

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Ep. 179: The Little In-Betweens, plus Ijeoma Oluo on How To Be Wrong  

You've heard of the "'tween" years, but Biz and Theresa think there's another awkward in-between time that comes earlier and doesn't get as much attention. Those years after infancy but before total kid autonomy...Why didn’t anyone tell us they would be a little repetitive and boring…I mean magical in their own unique way? Plus Biz starts camp early, Theresa stops getting out of her chair and we talk to Seattle based writer Ijeoma Oluo about embracing being wrong.

How To Be Wrong: http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/09/08/how-to-be-wrong/
Ijeoma on Twitter: @IjeomaOluo

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Ep. 178: Deciding to Stop Having Kids, plus Musician Laurie Berkner  

Biz and Theresa talk about our decisions to stop having kids and how even these supposedly settled matters can leave us feeling uncertain. Oh and don’t forget, life can always laugh in our faces and find a way to remind us that we don't necessarily have the power to control the outcome of our decisions! Plus, Biz is scared of Halloween, Theresa looks great, and we talk to the queen of children’s music, Laurie Berkner.

Laurie Berkner: http://www.laurieberkner.com
Superhero: http://amzn.to/2fzzMWl
Twitter: @LaurieBerkner

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Ep. 177: When Toddlers Hit: The Horror!  

This week on a special Halloween episode of One Bad Mother: aaaaaahhhh!!!! Something is hitting you...and it's coming from within the house! Biz and Theresa talk about our toddlers hitting, how much it sucks and what, if anything, we can do about it. Plus Biz embraces her inner witch and there are no babies in Theresa's house! Happy Halloween!

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Ep. 176: How To Change Gears Out Of A Parenting Funk, plus Guest Tempest DuJour  

Biz and Theresa explore how we try to change gears when we're stuck in a funk. “I know I am supposed to be enjoying this moment… why can’t I get out of my funk and enjoy it?” Is it the guilt, is it the need to carry every emotional triumph or difficulty around till we get recognized for it, or do we just need to be nicer to ourselves when a day is turned upside down by a toddler tantrum? It may be some of everything. Plus, Biz has an ant problem, Theresa has bunk beds, and we talk to drag superstar Tempest DuJour about adoption, trusting yourself, and fostering diversity in our homes and communities.

Twitter: @TempestDuJour
Website: http://www.tempestdujour.com

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Ep. 175: Back On The Potty Again, plus Potty Training Expert Jamie Glowacki  

Biz and Theresa revisit potty training and delve into what really makes this a difficult milestone… us! Plus, Biz paints herself in a new light, Theresa has a kindergarten update, and we call the very funny and very real Jamie Glowacki. She's the author of Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right, and she joins us to help with some tough love. 

The book: Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know To Do It Once and Do It Right
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb_bJzjos0eh-mfNDZ7ow0A
Twitter: @OhCrapWithJamie
Blog: http://www.jamieglowacki.com

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Ep. 174: Schedule Changes Are Hard, Schedule Changes Are Hard, plus guest Janet Stickmon On Her Letters To Black Parents Visiting Earth  

Biz and Theresa discuss how major schedule changes, like dropping naps, later bedtimes, and new morning routines, are natural and unavoidable...not to mention mildly traumatic for us. Is it strange that our kids can roll with these changes better than we can? Nope. They don’t rely on a set schedule to organize their lives like we do! Plus, Biz feels all alone, Theresa is still pregnant, and we talk to Janet Stickmon about her essay series To Black Parents Visiting Earth: A Love Letter-Life Guide to Raising Black Children in the 21st Century.

Twitter: @Blackapina1

Essays on Mutha Magazine: http://muthamagazine.com/2016/07/to-black-parents-visiting-earth-letter-1-by-janet-stickmon

Broken Shackle: https://brokenshackle.wordpress.com

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Ep. 173: Stay In Bed!  

Biz and Theresa explore all the ways in which transitions from crib to big-kid bed can make us crazy. From spending all evening by your child's bed making sure they don't get up to super-nanny-style walking your kid back to bed 10,000 times a night to just plain keeping that crib around long past its welcome, there are dozens of ways to handle toddler bedtime shenanigans and we have yet to meet the parent that finds any of it relaxing. Plus, Biz wonders if all kids go through a "rude" phase, Theresa continues to re-learn that she can't leave her kids alone for five seconds, and we get some advice on personal finance from the lovely Helaine Olen, author, Slate columnist, and contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more.     Helaine Olen   http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_bills.html Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry: http://amzn.to/2cERYM9 Twitter: @helaineolen http://helaineolen.com/blog/     Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsor this week is BlueApron.com. You can try Blue Apron and get your first three meals free with free shipping by visiting BlueApron.com/badmother.  

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Ep. 172: Milestones  

Watch your step! Biz and Theresa are talking about milestones this week. From those developmental ones like walking and talking to the more emotional ones like getting a big-kid bed or the first day of school, we explore the ways in which milestones can make us feel stressed, relieved, judgmental, and worried -- sometimes all at once! Plus, Biz does not want Ellis’s popcorn and Theresa has a dirty mouth.

 

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Ep. 171: Who's Really Getting Punished?  

Biz and Theresa wonder who really gets punished when we take away fun things like TV, iPads, toys and special outings? (Short answer: US!) What's so hard about this? Is it just the realization that we now have to fill that time in a different way, or is there something amiss in the way we're doling out punishments in the first place? Plus, Biz gets recognized for her efforts and Theresa gets lazy!

 

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Ep. 170: The 6th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!  

This week on One Bad Mother it is the 6th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants where we celebrate you guys and how you are doing a great job most of the time.

 

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Ep. 169: What We Do 'For The Kids,' plus Cool Dad Chris Kornelis  

Biz and Theresa talk about the things we do for our kids that we'd otherwise never do. Whether you're an introvert spending Saturday socializing at a playdate, you're someone with a balloon phobia blowing up balloons for your kid's party because she HAD to have balloons, or you're the least crafty person on earth but you wake up one morning in the middle of Michael's with your five-year-old and a cart full of pinata-making materials -- we've all pushed ourselves to do things for the sake of our kids. Do we gain from these experiences or are we losing ourselves in this process?  Plus, Biz gets body-technical, Theresa ups her fashion game, and we talk to the delightful Chris Kornelis about his truly very cool new book, Rocking Fatherhood: The Dad-to-Be’s Guide to Staying Cool.

Get the book!

Follow Chris Kornelis on Twitter: @chriskornelis

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Ep. 168: How Was Your Summer?, plus guest Faith Salie  
Biz and Theresa reflect on summer and wonder why, looking back, it didn’t seem like we had any...fun? Plus, Biz wonders how you assess perfection, Theresa salutes parents going back to work, and we talk with comedian, journalist, and mother, Faith Salie, about her very funny and insightful new book of essays, Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much.   Get the book!   http://faithsalie.com/   Follow Faith on Twitter: @Faith_Salie  

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