Episodes

Real Self-Care For Moms

Dec. 28, 2021

Self-care can sound like another chore. Seriously, who has time for a bubble bath? And is that really the best use of 20 free minutes, assuming we had them? But as Haley Jena points out in this article for What To Expect , s…

Making Memories (Not Meltdowns) At The Holidays

Dec. 21, 2021

Emotions always run high this time of year, as does the pressure to “make memories” with our kids. Here’s how we’re trying to lean into the unexpected for the holidays. There is so much fun and joy in the surrender of being …

Sibling Rivalry

Dec. 14, 2021

Is the sibling in-fighting at your house driving you batty? Are the screaming manifestations of our kids’ rivalry a harmless rite of passage? Or something we need to push back on? And when we do decide to step in, what actua…

When Kids Are Down On Themselves

Dec. 7, 2021

Why do our kids engage in negative self-talk? Where is it coming from? Are we supposed to ignore it or push back? Here are the reasons kids can get down on themselves, how concerned we should get, plus the most productive wa…

Our Biggest Parenting Fears

Nov. 30, 2021

When you’re a parent, “head worrier” is a big part of the job description. While sometimes it would be tempting to just bubble wrap our kids until college, in this episode we discuss how to face- and manage- some of the most…

Why Kids Regress Sometimes (And What To Do About It)

Nov. 23, 2021

Why do young children regress? How can we support them while they’re going through it? How can we support ourselves when we thought they were done with the pacifier and now it’s back with a vengeance? When do we push back, a…

Why Parents Are Exhausted

Nov. 16, 2021

We’re exhausted. Yes, getting more sleep would help. But there are other things in play, like the still-with-us pandemic. And the exhaustion can get in the way of us enjoying the parenting journey. Here’s how we’re trying to…

Transitions and Why They're Hard For Kids

Nov. 9, 2021

There are “big picture” transitions for kids, like starting school. There are smaller daily transitions, like putting screens down to get pajamas on. Both kinds can drive little kids bananas. Here’s how to make such times ea…

A Little Help Here! Kids And Chores

Nov. 2, 2021

It can be counterproductive to the cleanliness of our homes to have our little ones “help,” but setting expectations early is worth the trouble. Here’s how to right-size the task for each age, plus how to deal with all the w…

Little Kid Rules

Oct. 26, 2021

Our kids are tiny dictators who rule our lives with extreme arbitrariness. Whether it's demanding that "only Daddy" strap them into their car seats, or dictates about how toilet paper should be ripped, Toddler Purgatory has …

How to Make Mornings Less Morning-y

Oct. 19, 2021

Whether or not you consider yourself a "morning person” getting your household on the move and out the door in the mornings can be really rough. We discuss some strategies for making mornings just a little less, you know, mo…

Your Sleep Questions Answered (with guest Becca Campbell of Little Z Sleep)

Oct. 12, 2021

Becca Campbell is the founder and creator of Little Z Sleep Consulting. In this episode she solves our listeners’ sleep dilemmas, from the newborn who is up all night to the kindergartener who is still napping at daycare. We…

All The Feels: Mom Guilt, Rage, and Shame

Oct. 5, 2021

Mom guilt. Mom rage. Shame. We feel them, then we feel bad. Which doesn't help us feel any better. Here’s how to acknowledge, anticipate, sit with, process, and redirect these feelings, without beating ourselves up for havin…

The Baby, Toddler, and Everyday Stuff We Can't Live Without

Sept. 21, 2021

When you have little ones, there’s a lot of stuff you probably didn’t need to buy– and a few things that are total sanity-savers. Here are all the things that got us through, and still do! Check out our website for complete …

Mom Friends and Parent Posses

Sept. 7, 2021

70% of moms say their “inner mom circle” is their primary means of daily support. Some of us find that group really quickly. Some of us struggle, for reasons that are in and/or out of our control. Here’s how to find your mom…

Is My Kid Ready For School?

Aug. 24, 2021

Kindergarten isn’t just blocks and snacks anymore! Are our kids ready to start school? We discuss what "school readiness" actually entails, how we’re prepping at home and what to do if your kid just isn’t ready for the deman…

Nobody Told Me That: Small Daily Annoyance Fixers

Aug. 10, 2021

Nobody tells you that the four-day potty training plan might take 6 weeks. Or that you should always have crayons and paper in the diaper bag. This episode is full of boredom busters, potty training tips, and all the best st…

Nobody Told Me That! Pregnancy, Babies, and Toddlers Edition

July 27, 2021

We all got a lot of advice when we were pregnant… but there’s also a lot that nobody tells you. From the difficulties of breastfeeding to the inability to keep clothing on a toddler, Molly and Blaire get to the bottom of it …

Picky Eaters

July 13, 2021

Most kids are somewhat finicky. Some are full-blown picky eaters. People who say those kids will “eat when they're hungry enough!" mean well. They are also incorrect. So should a parent keep feeding the picky eater the three…

Vacationing With Little Kids (with guest Julia Edelstein of Parents Magazine)

June 29, 2021

We're ready to go All The Places after being stuck at home for so long, but traveling with little ones presents a few extra layers of challenge. We discuss how to plan the just-right vacation with guest Julia Edelstein, edit…

Danger Babies– Why Are Some Kids Such Risk-Takers?

June 15, 2021

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…

What's Up With Toddler Obsessions?

June 1, 2021

If your little one has ever insisted on sleeping with a hairbrush, or going to preschool every morning with the same tiny school bus clenched in her fist, you’ve seen what psychologists call "extremely intense interests." H…

Well, THAT Was a Lot: Coming Out Of a Really Tough Year

May 18, 2021

The sun is out, the masks are coming off, and we’re just beginning to come to terms with what the heck that all was. For our little ones, pandemic life *was* normal life. We talk about our toughest pandemic moments and what …

Escape From Whine Town

May 18, 2021

Kids whine because it works– studies show that the human brain is uniquely unqualified to tune it out. Because it’s a “low-power strategy of dominance.” And because we often cave to it pretty quickly– which unfortunately le…