One Bad Mother

Biz and Theresa talk about how it feels when our kids express their feelings or needs in an unkind manner. “I hate forks!” “AHHHH! I put the shirt on before underpants!” “My day is ruined! You are ruining my day!” Helping our kids navigate their emotions and teaching them to speak their needs kindly is important, but also tiring. When you add to it the emotional pummeling of being yelled at by a four-year-old, Biz and Theresa wonder how we can ever get space to regulate our own feelings. Plus, Biz says goodbye to Steve, Theresa has a pet peeve, and we talk to author Tim J. Myers about fatherhood.

You can find more from Tim J. Meyers on his website Timmyersstorysong.com. His book Glad to be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Deliciousness.com. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership, visit Care.com/mother when you subscribe! To take 20% off your first order at Deliciousness.com, use code MOTHER at checkout.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode20263.120-207_18_182C207.1820PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am PDT

Biz’s four-year-old still eats only a handful of things and Theresa’s four-year-old still has sleep problems. We've treated these issues as though they'll inevitably resolve on their own over time, but two years later we're beginning to wonder if maybe our kids won’t, in fact, “grow out of it.” (Insert horror music!) Plus, Biz is back from Bama, Theresa  remembers that toddlers are hard, and we talk to author Jill Castle about feeding our kids and her new book Fearless Feeding.

You can find more from Jill Castle on her website Jillcastle.com or on twitter @pediRD. Her book Fearless Feeding is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Kopari and Audible. Go to Kopari.com/badmother to see how you can save $5 off your first order. Go to Audible.com/badmother, or text badmother to 500-500, to get started. Amazon Prime members can get Audible for $4.95/month for the first 3 months. After that, it’s only $14.95 a month. This offer ends July 31st, 2018.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode2026220-207_10_182C209.0020PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am PDT

Biz and Theresa are live from Chicago! This is the second of two episodes recorded in May at GMan Tavern. Chicago Tribune lifestyle writer Heidi Stevens joins us to talk about interrupting and help us try to figure out how to teach our kids not to interrupt. Since that probably won’t happen, we may as well just go ahead and never try to have a normal adult conversation again. Problem solved! Plus, live genius and fails!

You can find Heidi on twitter @HeidiStevens13 or read her column for the Chicago Tribune, the Balancing Act, at Chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/stevens.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Prep Dish and Squarespace. For a free two-week trial, visit Prepdish.com/shmanners. Go to Squarespace.com/badmother for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code BAD MOTHER to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode20261.Chicago2.320-206_28_182C2011.4320AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm PDT

Biz and Theresa explore the results of the most dangerous fruit. Are some words better to use when describing flatulence? How can we help our kids navigate what is acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to passing gas, especially when the biggest challenge is how hilarious it is? Plus Biz is crazy in Alabama, Theresa wrote a book, and we talk to Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer from the Forever 35 podcast.

Listen to Forever 35 at Forever35podcast.com. You can find Doree on twitter @Doree or visit her website atDoree-shafrir.com. Her book Startup is out now, and check out her other podcast that she co-hosts with her husband, Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure at Eggcellentadventure.com.
You can find Kate on twitter @katespencer or visit her website at Katespencerwrites.com. Her book The Dead Mom's Club: A Memoir about Death, Grief, and Surviving the Mother of All Losses is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and The Audible Romance Package. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership, visit care.com/badmother when you subscribe! And try the Audible Romance Package today by going to audible.com/badmotherromance and signing up for a free one-month trial.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode2026020-206_19_182C208.2220AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am PDT

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa dive into the good and bad memories of swimming as kids and look at how those experiences play into what we want for our kids. Should we throw them in, or respect their complete fear of wet hair? What if they aren't the water babies we'd hoped they'd be? What if they never know the joy of Marco Polo or Martha Washington hairstyles? Plus Biz is hosting podcast summer camp, Theresa is excited for the summer, and Katy Belle drops by to give opinions.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care/of and Modcloth. For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/Of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter promo code badmother. And to get 15% off your first purchase of $100 or more, visit modcloth.com and enter promo code badmother.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode2025920-206_10_182C207.4720PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17pm PDT

Biz and Theresa explore our desire to prove to others that we’re doing enough as parents. Regardless of what we’re going through with our kids, when someone tries to be helpful by saying, “Have you tried...xyz?” it can leave us feeling like all our efforts are invisible. So...that’s a thing! Plus, Biz wonders “Who those people are?,” Theresa has been shocked, and we speak with author Rumaan Alam about his new novel That Kind Of Mother.

You can find more from Rumaan on his website rumaanalam.com, on twitter @rumaan, and as the special projects editor of the Books desk for the New York Times. His latest novel That Kind Of Mother is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Storyworth. Go to storyworth.com/BADMOTHER to receive $20 off your subscription. And head to care.com/mother to get 30% off of a care.com premium membership.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode2025820-206_5_182C208.3420PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am PDT

It's the 9th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants! Biz and Theresa sit back and bask in the glory of your genius moments and failures and remember that none of us are alone!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Prep Dish and Squarespace. To receive a free two week trial visit prepdish.com/OBM. And to get a free trial visit squarespace.com/BADMOTHER and when you're ready to commit, enter code "BADMOTHER" at checkout for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domaine.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode20257.120-205_31_182C2010.0920AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm PDT

Biz and Theresa wonder what "nagging" really is. Do we just want to keep our kids happy and comfortable or is “nagging” just another word used to belittle women? We know that developmentally kids need help remembering what they need, from keeping hands clean to dressing for the weather to staying safe. But at what point do we need to let go and hope they learn on their own from experiencing discomfort? Hint: NEVER! Plus Biz has a Bad Reputation, Theresa accepts some stuff, and we talk to Kate Rope about the importance of mental health as part of more traditional things to expect when you are expecting in her new book Strong As A Mother.

You can find Kate on twitter @katerope or on her website katerope.com. Her new book Strong As A Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of is out now and we cannot recommend it enough!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Butcher Box. To receive 30% off of a Care.com premium membership go to care.com/MOTHER. And go to butcherbox.com/BADMOTHER for $20 off of your first box and a free order of bacon!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode2025620-205_23_182C2011.1720AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm PDT

Biz and Theresa are live from the GMan Tavern in Chicago with special guest comic creator Lucy Knisley, and we want to know what makes a bad influence. Rock 'n' Roll? Video Games? That one kid with the sailor mouth? Captain Underpants? Do we ban it all to make life easier or is this really about us wanting to get rid of something we find annoying rather than dangerous. Whichever it is, we should definitely overthink it. Plus, live genius and fails!

You can find out more about Lucy and her work on her website lucyknisely.com and on twitter @LucyKnisleyLove, Penelope is her newest release and can be found in bookstores and on-line now!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are audible and Prep Dish. To receive a free audio book an a 30-day free trial, visit audible.com/BADMOTHER or text badmother to 500-500 to get started. And go to prepdish.com/OBM for a free two week trial!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: obm20episode20255.Chicago120-205_16_182C2010.5620AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am PDT

Biz and Theresa explore why we yell and how effective it is. It may not do much for the kids but it "effectively" makes us feel bad. Plus, Biz reflects upon her mortality as she sends another fish to great beyond and Theresa was cute for five seconds!

Chicago! We added another LIVE show at GMan Tavern on FRIDAY, May 11th at 8:00 p.m.! We still have a couple of tickets left!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsor this week is Care.com. Go to Care.com/MOTHER to receive 30% off of a premium membership!

Share your genius and fail moments! Call 206-350-9485
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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Direct download: OBM_Today.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm PDT