Episodes

Parents Behaving Badly (Do We Say Something?)

June 7, 2022

If we see parents behaving badly, do we say something? It’s not always clear whether– or how– to involve ourselves as bystanders. We discuss how we can discern when we need to speak up, plus how to defuse the situation rathe…

Raising "Spirited" Kids

May 31, 2022

Spirited kids are charismatic, intelligent, determined, and curious. They can also be fidgety, fearful, demanding, and emotionally intense. In this episode we discuss how to tell if you have a “spirited” kid, and how to love…

Talking to Your Kids About Racism (with guest Britt Hawthorne)

May 24, 2022

Our kids see race. When we avoid talking about it, we can inadvertently underline the differences we are hoping to minimize. Britt Hawthorne, author of the new book RAISING ANTIRACIST CHILDREN, tells us how to bring the work…

How Not to Go Crazy During the Lazy Days of Summer

May 17, 2022

Ah, the lazy days of summer…turn out to be not so lazy when you have a toddler who insists on being entertained all. the. time. Blaire and Molly have ideas for keeping your kids busy when school is out--while also not going …

Holding onto Our Friends with No Kids

May 10, 2022

How do we maintain relationships with friends who don’t have kids? Especially when it means we have to have to put on a bra and “hard pants” to leave the house? Molly and Blaire asked listeners how they tackle this issue, an…

Celebrating Our Moms (Happy Mother's Day!)

May 3, 2022

Alright, moms! It’s Mother’s Day, the one day a year when you get to relax! (Or at least it feels like it, huh?) Molly and Blaire interview their own moms in this special episode to get a glimpse of how motherhood has evolve…

BEST OF: Danger Babies (It's Our First Birthday!)

April 28, 2022

Is your little one a Danger Baby who jumps from the top of the slide? Or a Safety Baby who hides behind you? How can we find the balance of keeping our little ones safe and building their courage? And how do we keep the bana…

How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Their Bodies?

April 26, 2022

"Put that away. Now!" No, we're not talking about toys. When kids start exploring their bodies, it's natural to want to shut it down. But removing the shame attached to kids’ exploration of bodies is better for them--and for…

What's the Hardest Age?

April 19, 2022

Listener Amy had this question for us in our Facebook group: My daughter is turning three in one week and her nearly overnight transition to mob boss terrorist monster is complete. It would help to hear from other parents th…

Do We Really Have to Be Our Kids' Constant Playmates?

April 12, 2022

Toddlers. They are the neediest. But we don’t have endless time to play Legos because they can’t entertain themselves. So how do we train our little ones to play on their own? And how do we train ourselves to trust them to d…

When (and Why) Kids Are So Brutally Honest

April 5, 2022

Toddlers. Where else can we get daily reminders that we look tired, our singing voice is terrible, and our bodies are squishy? And why do they feel the need to be so brutally honest? Blaire and Molly talk about their own kid…

Potty Training, Anyone?

March 29, 2022

Potty-training advice ranges from "they'll figure it out by college" to "they have to be trained by September 1st to enroll in preschool.” When it comes to getting our little ones out of diapers, what works? What doesn’t? Ho…

Kids and Their Comfort Items

March 22, 2022

Is losing your toddler's lovey your worst possible nightmare? You're not alone. Those blankets, binkies, and stuffies hold a lot of power over our kids. So how do we handle the pressure? And how do we help our kids when it's…

Pets: Should We Get Them? When?

March 15, 2022

It seems intuitive to delay getting a pet until your kids are old enough to do the walking, feeding, and brushing themselves. But research that suggests pets of all types are really beneficial to babies and toddlers. We brea…

Toddlers are Egomaniacs– and Here's Why

March 8, 2022

Why are toddlers so egocentric? They really don’t get that others may have thoughts and feelings that differ from theirs. Particularly when it comes to it being bedtime. Here’s how to deal with bossy toddler behavior without…

Listening To Our Kids (Literally)

March 1, 2022

When we practice “active listening” with our kids, it communicates: “I have time for you. You’re important to me.” So how do we fit that sort of concentrated parental attention in to our busy lives? Plus: Molly and Blaire in…

Keeping It Clean! Kids And Hygiene

Feb. 22, 2022

Scientists say we have between 2 and 10 million bacteria living between our elbows and our fingertips. How many on an independent preschooler who rejects soap and water outright? If your kid is currently running that experim…

Reconnecting With Our Partners

Feb. 15, 2022

Do you and your partner focus more on your kids than on each other? Have you started forgetting what it’s like to enjoy intimacy and quiet time as a couple? Do you need a refresher course on why you liked each other in the f…

Gentle Parenting

Feb. 8, 2022

A lot of people hear “gentle parent” and think doormat. But when we remember that our kids really are just kids, and get curious about the developmental reasons they’re working our last nerve, parenting them peacefully becom…

Getting Kids Outside: It Really Is Worth It (with guest Meghan Fitzgerald)

Feb. 1, 2022

We discuss why it’s worth the effort to get our kids playing outside, even in cold or rainy weather, with guest Meghan Fitzgerald of Tinkergarten, which offers purposeful play opportunities for kids that get them away outdoo…

Working Moms: Finding the Balance in Our Lives

Jan. 25, 2022

Finding our balance as working parents is a double challenge. It's not just about being a great parent while maintaining a job; it's about being great at that job while being a parent. Our listeners tell us some of their bes…

Changing It Up: Small Changes To Keep Things Fun

Jan. 18, 2022

We're all muddling through right now, and while we are definitely Team Lowered Standards at this time, there's only so many viewings of Encanto a parent can withstand. Here are some easy, fun ways to change things up around …

When Kids Get Aggressive

Jan. 11, 2022

When it’s your kid doing the hitting at daycare, it’s hard not to freak out. But toddler aggression doesn’t mean your kid is destined for a life of crime. Here’s why kids get aggressive and how to handle it– whether you’re t…

Way Down In Tantrum Town

Jan. 4, 2022

Temper tantrums are developmentally appropriate for little ones. That doesn't make them easier to deal with. Here's what works.