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One Bad Mother

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A comedy podcast about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren't all magical vessels! Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging, and more laughing.

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Ep. 295: Food And The Lies We Tell...Live from Portland!

1:15:07 | Mar 7th

Biz and Theresa wonder how spiritually corrupt we are what with all the lying to our kids in order to get them to eat. Probably not very corrupt. Plus Biz and Theresa are live from Portland with special guest and all around rad dad, Chris Routly! Fol...Show More

Ep. 294: Protecting Our Kids' Confidence With Lies. Plus, 'To Black Parents' Author Janet Stickmon

1:02:33 | Feb 28th

Biz and Theresa wonder if answering honestly is the right thing to do when our kids ask questions like, “Do I overreact?” Or should we lie, lie, lie so as not to shatter their confidence? Plus Biz and Theresa are excited about our trip, and we welcom...Show More

Ep. 293: I’m An Emotional Sponge

1:00:52 | Feb 21st

Biz and Theresa discuss being emotional sponges. Even if totally stationary, we are somehow able to reach maximum absorption. So how does one go about getting a good squeezing? How can a parent tell when to step back and when to step in when our kids...Show More

Ep. 292: Maturity…Whatever That Means! Plus, Parental Inequality with Amy Westervelt

1:14:41 | Feb 14th

Biz and Theresa try to answer the question posed by many kids looking to have more freedom, “What’s a kid gotta do to get mature around here?” We often tell our kids that when they are “more mature” they will get more responsibility, but what does th...Show More

Ep. 291: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same! Plus, Author Jodie Patterson

1:09:32 | Feb 7th

Biz and Theresa explore the idea that the more things change the more they stay the same. What we discover is, that just means that parenting is still happening…always. Plus Biz got a little something, time keeps marching on for Theresa and we talk t...Show More

Ep. 290: It's Weird When Someone Else Is There! Plus, Environmental Activist Mary DeMocker

1:08:25 | Jan 31st

Biz and Theresa discuss how confident we feel in our parenting choices…that is until someone else is suddenly there, watching! Maybe it's at the dinner table or in the car, we have worked hard to make these places the perfect balance of controlled ch...Show More

Ep 289: Mom Hair Detangled

57:58 | Jan 24th

Biz and Theresa try to define “mom hair.” Simple? Practical? Low maintenance? Inevitable disappointment when it doesn’t make us look like we don’t have kids? We can agree that calling it “mom hair” is just another way to insult moms. Plus Biz makes a...Show More

288: I Want It! Plus, Feminist Author Kate Schatz

1:07:49 | Jan 17th

Biz and Theresa are hearing a lot of the phrase: I want it! What do we say to our kids when they have a "case of the gimmes" or are constantly telling us about all the stuff they want? In theory, a simple, “No, you can’t have that,” should be enough…...Show More

287: Togetherness! Is There Anything We Like Doing As A Family? Plus Podcasters Manoush Zomorodi & Jen Poyant

1:11:52 | Jan 10th

Biz and Theresa ask the big question…is there anything we like doing together as a family? Togetherness, a word that goes hand in hand with family and yet, in practice, seems hard to achieve (unless you count everyone sleeping in the same house as to...Show More

286: The 3rd Ever Holiday Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants

1:00:28 | Jan 3rd

Biz and Theresa kiss 2018 goodbye with our 3rd ever HOLIDAY genius fail spectacular plus rants show….take that 2018! It’s time to sit back and be reminded that none of us are alone and that somebody is always forgetting their wallet in their other pu...Show More

285: I Can’t Find It! I’ve Looked Everywhere!

49:34 | Dec 20th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore our feelings about being the designated Finder of Things at home. How can we help our kids learn to keep track of their own sh*t? Especially when we’ve probably secretly thrown at least 25% of it in the trash when they weren’t...Show More

284: Where Are We On The Mom-o-meter?

50:14 | Dec 13th, 2018

Biz and Theresa check in on how “mom-like” we are feeling lately. What makes us really feel like a mom? Let’s go ahead and say it isn’t clothing or van based. Plus Biz is reminded that Christmas specials are messed up too, and Theresa’s kids get a le...Show More

283: Would You Want Another Parent to Tell You if Your Kid Did Something Not Great? Plus, Happiness with KJ Dell'Antonia

1:04:24 | Dec 6th, 2018

Biz and Theresa ponder the question, “Would we want another parent to tell us if our kid was being not-so-great?” On the flip side, when should we speak up as a truly concerned member of “the village” and when should we trust that the parents already...Show More

282: Different Skills Sets. Plus, Diverse Books Advocate Alli Harper

1:04:30 | Nov 29th, 2018

Biz and Theresa make a shocking discovery…there is living with kids and then there is parenting and they require totally different skill sets! Once this has been realized, the struggles we face make a lot more sense. It is WAY easier to parent when y...Show More

281: Am I Supposed To Want A Vacuum For Christmas?

54:30 | Nov 21st, 2018

Biz and Theresa face the hard question many women may find themselves needing to answer around the holidays: “Am I supposed to want a vacuum for Christmas?” Gift circulars that advertise gifts for the whole family suggest that kids want toys, dad nee...Show More

280: Tip Toeing Around Kids' Emotional Land Mines, Again! Plus, Libby Babbott-Klein on Baby Feminists

1:00:07 | Nov 15th, 2018

Biz and Theresa take another look at the emotional land mines that lurk around every corner with kids. Everything going well? Wonderful! Wait! Is that a tomato on their dinner plate? RUN!!! It's hard to be on the receiving end of a meltdown by a chil...Show More

Ep. 279: We Love Our Kids When They’re Not Around! Plus Racism in Preschools with Dr. Kimberly N. Parker

1:10:15 | Nov 8th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore the experience of feeling glad we had kids….mostly when we are away from our kids. Are we just jerks? Or do we need the silence and space in order to appreciate the chaos? Plus Biz learns the whereabouts of the Illuminati, The...Show More

Ep. 278: Last Minute Miracles, Plus Reductress Co-founder Beth Newell

58:22 | Nov 1st, 2018

Biz and Theresa are looking for a last minute miracle! “Parent! It's crazy dress like a historical figure pajama day today. What can I wear?” “Parent! I’m going on a field trip today! Here is my permission slip…oh and I need a lunch in a paper sack.”...Show More

Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sisters On Omens and Superstitions

23:34 | Oct 30th, 2018

Turn on your nightlight, listeners! Biz is joined again by her sister, Helen Michelle, to talk about family superstations and prophetic dreams. You can follow Helen Michelle on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay. Her book American Housewife is out now.

Ep. 277: Drag Me To Personal Hell, Plus R.L. Stine!

52:15 | Oct 25th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore the horrors of being dragged to our personal hells! Like many good terrifying classics, sometimes the only way to get out of the things we dread is to go through them….which may be the best description of parenting ever. Plus ...Show More

Ep. 276: I Still Got It! Plus Nightmares with Psychologist Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore

54:54 | Oct 18th, 2018

Biz and Theresa discuss the line between performer and parent. When our kids respond to one of our jokes like it's Shakespeare, it feels really good! Is this rewarding feeling just the performer coming out in us or is it something else? It's probably...Show More

Ep. 275: I’m Not A Mind Reader! Plus, Gwen Glazer's Spooky Book Recommendations

1:10:42 | Oct 11th, 2018

Biz and Theresa clarify for the record that no, we can’t read minds! Sadly, our kids refuse to believe it. Being blamed for not being able to predict what kids want is frustrating and helping kids navigate their disappointment is unrewarding. If only...Show More

Ep. 274: Oopsie Daisy! Kid Injuries Suck! Plus, Ghosts with Author Michael Leviton

1:08:18 | Oct 4th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore how we feel when our kids get hurt. From the guilt we feel to the temptation to judge others, there is nothing like a boo boo to make you feel bad bad. Plus Biz is getting Katy Belle’s message loud and clear, Theresa is maxed ...Show More

Ep. 273: Foster Parenting with Special Guests Including Adrienne Jubilee from C.A.S.E. and More

1:15:54 | Sep 27th, 2018

Just like parenting is different for everyone, this show is going to be different! Biz and Theresa dis the usual format to talk fostering for the entire episode. First we talk with Kevin and Kelly, a couple who are just beginning the fostering proces...Show More

Ep. 272: Do I Make Better Choices For Myself Now That I’m A Parent? Plus Dr. Krista Lauer talks Lice

1:08:09 | Sep 20th, 2018

Biz and Theresa wonder if we make better decisions for ourselves now that we are parents. Do our choices get more thoughtful? Or are we more likely to make rushed in-the-moment decisions? Biz’s haircut says “in the moment” and suggests that might not...Show More

Ep. 271: It Sucks Right Now And Yes, I Know I’ll Miss It!! Plus TTC with Janet Manley from Romper

1:03:25 | Sep 13th, 2018

Biz and Theresa ponder the often tossed around phrase “You’ll miss these years when they are gone!” We wonder, how helpful is that really? Signs point to “less helpful” as we discuss how dismissive it is of our present difficulties. Is anyone suggest...Show More

Ep. 270: The 10th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants

59:21 | Sep 6th, 2018

Biz and Theresa stand aside to bask in the glory of your genius moments and failures…and rants. The spectaculars stand as a reminder to how important it is to know that we are all doing great and we are all doing terrible! Check out our book! You're ...Show More

Ep. 269: I’m Going To Need You To Calm Down, Plus Sex Ed. With Debra Hauser and AMAZE.org

1:03:03 | Aug 30th, 2018

Biz and Theresa discuss the power of the phrase “calm down.” Yes, we want our kids to calm down, but why does it trigger gross feelings from our own childhoods? Is it just the easiest thing to say when kids are too loud or too hyped or too upset? Yes...Show More

Ep. 268: The Things We’ll Do To Get Them To Do What We Want Them To Do...Wait, What?

1:05:28 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Biz and Theresa realize maybe we have never left “the forest” and that the forest has been tricking us this whole time into believing it's a nice place! We look at the sometimes insane and always exhausting techniques that we implement in order to ge...Show More

Ep. 267: Lemonade Stands! Plus, Actor Josh Hamilton

1:05:22 | Aug 16th, 2018

Biz and Theresa take a look at the highs and lows of lemonade stands and other childhood financial endeavors. The first clue that a child might not understand monetary value is when they want to charge $100 for a rock. On the one hand, we want to enc...Show More

Ep. 266: Packing! Plus Author Jessica Love

1:09:57 | Aug 9th, 2018

Biz and Theresa unpack their emotional baggage around actual packing. When did going on a three day trip turn into packing for an expedition to the Amazon? The amount of stuff we absolutely need to bring with us weighs heavy on the soul, not to menti...Show More

Ep. 265: What’s the Deal With Pirates? Plus Author Angela Garbes on the Science of Pregnancy

1:07:38 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Biz and Theresa wonder what is up with pirates? Real pirates are known for theft and murder, but every other kid has a pirate costume. (And, let's face it, they're adorable.) From swordplay to walking the plank...I guess we're all culturally cool wit...Show More

Ep. 264: Aw, Did You Make That For Me? Plus Alissa Quart on Why Families Can't Afford America

1:12:12 | Jul 26th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore the complicated nature of receiving gifts from our children, from edible treats to physical affection to artistic renderings. How do we celebrate these occasionally misguided and even off-putting but nonetheless heartfelt gift...Show More

Ep. 263: Whoa, Kids! Rewind! Be Kind! Plus Author Tim J. Meyers

56:32 | Jul 19th, 2018

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 emot...Show More

Ep. 262: Maybe They Won’t Grow Out Of It, Plus Feeding Expert Jill Castle

1:09:29 | Jul 12th, 2018

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 may...Show More

Ep 261: Stop Interrupting! Live From Chicago with Heidi Stevens

59:58 | Jun 28th, 2018

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 in...Show More

Ep. 260: Farts! Farts! Farts! Plus Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer from the Forever 35 Podcast

58:50 | Jun 21st, 2018

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 ch...Show More

Ep. 259: Swimming!

56:05 | Jun 14th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Ep. 258: Are You Trying Hard Enough Yet? Plus Novelist Rumaan Alam

1:06:07 | Jun 7th, 2018

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 e...Show More

Ep. 257: The 9th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!

1:12:42 | May 31st, 2018

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 a...Show More

Ep. 256: Mom Nagging! Plus Maternal Mental Health with Author Kate Rope

1:13:19 | May 24th, 2018

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 han...Show More

Ep. 255: Bad Influences, With Lucy Knisley Live From Chicago!

59:29 | May 17th, 2018

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 a...Show More

Ep. 254: I’m Not Yelling!

58:09 | May 10th, 2018

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...Show More

Ep. 253: When Self-Care Feels Like Self-Sabotage, Plus Author and Renegade Mother Janelle Hanchett

1:12:48 | May 3rd, 2018

Biz and Theresa wonder why our attempts at self-care feel more like self-sabotage sometimes. Is it that it can mess up our momentum, or are we just really bad at it? Maybe both! Plus, Biz wonders, "WHAT IF?,” Theresa does feed her children, and we we...Show More

Ep. 252: Dogs Will Totally Prepare Me For Kids! With Guest Co-Host Renée Colvert

58:28 | Apr 26th, 2018

Renée Colvert from the hit MaxFun podcast Can I Pet Your Dog? joins Biz to discuss the question, "Will having dogs prepare me for being a parent?" Is this question insulting, laughable, or does it actually hold some elements of truth? Maybe a little ...Show More

Ep. 251: The Kids Are Bored plus Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee!

1:14:22 | Apr 19th, 2018

Thanks to everyone who supported us in this years Max Fun Drive! Biz and Theresa fill our own boredom by talking about what to do when our kids are bored. Should we bust that boredom with 10 exciting ways to fill up summer break or just threaten to t...Show More

Ep. 250: I’m Bored! Plus Kendal Esquerre on Representation

1:10:48 | Apr 11th, 2018

This is the last week of the Max Fun Drive and we would love it if you could show us your support! In order to make a contribution go to maximumfun.org/donate and use the #MaxFunDrive on social medial to show us some love! Who cares if the kids are b...Show More

Ep. 249: Tattling! With Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman

1:14:05 | Apr 4th, 2018

Max Fun Drive is upon us and we would love it if you could show us your support! In order to make a contribution go to maximumfun.org/donate and use the #MaxFunDrive on social medial to show us some love! Biz and Theresa explore the art of tattling. ...Show More

Ep. 248: Bragging! Plus Stuttering Educator Jane Fraser

1:00:49 | Mar 29th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore the art of bragging and decide this is a tough one. How can we teach our kids to have pride in their accomplishments while being mindful of the feelings of others? Instead of slapping the label “bragging” on it and walking awa...Show More

Ep. 247: Witnessing Crushing Disappointment

1:00:15 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Biz and Theresa talk about how hard it is to watch our children deal with big disappointments, like missing their first sleepover because they’re sick! Not only do we want to comfort them, it also brings up our own crushing memories… “Mama! Why did y...Show More

Ep. 246: On Hold, Plus Children's Book Author Airlie Anderson

59:17 | Mar 15th, 2018

Don’t hang up yet, you’re just on hold! Biz and Theresa wonder if putting things on hold until [fill in the blank] is a good thing, and if perhaps it's better to just let some things go so that we can return to them when we're ready. Let's hold off o...Show More

Ep. 245: Boundaries plus TiLT Parenting's Debbie Reber

1:13:10 | Mar 8th, 2018

Biz and Theresa talk about setting boundaries and how it can be the start, if not the actual act of self-care. Shutting yourself in the bathroom is a boundary, right? Plus, Biz really had a nice moment, Theresa also had a moment, and we talk to Debbi...Show More

Ep. 244: Days Of The Week

1:08:36 | Mar 1st, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore the significance of the days of the week post-kids. Mondays feel like the new Fridays and it's always Friday somewhere! Plus Biz passes on some serious knowledge to Katy Belle and Theresa receives some knowledge of her own. An...Show More

Ep. 243: How Did We Get Here?

51:43 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Biz and Theresa are in situations we'd only witnessed and judged in our pre-kid lives and are wondering, "How did we get here?" It's like the fog is clearing and once we can see everything we discover that we have no idea where we are. Are we “here” ...Show More

Ep. 242: Older Kid Sleep and The Return Of Sleep Expert Dr. Jodi Mindell

1:14:20 | Feb 15th, 2018

Biz and Theresa check in on sleep. Why do we think “Problem solved!" when it is really always changing? Why is sleep the one issue that when our kids are having trouble, it feels like we are the ones with the problem? And how do we help older kids wh...Show More

Ep. 241: The Rewards of Parenting: Do You Feel Rewarded Yet?

49:52 | Feb 8th, 2018

Biz and Theresa explore the saying, "Parenting is the toughest job, but also the most rewarding." What are those rewards and why don't they feel like finding a $20 bill in the couch? Is it that the language of “rewards” is misleading? Is it a long ga...Show More

Ep 240: Party Favors: The Garbage You Take Home! Plus Ophira Eisenberg on Change

1:23:17 | Feb 1st, 2018

Biz and Theresa wonder, “Where do party favors go to die?” The answer? Your house. Kids love them, we hate them, and we admit to fully participating in the madness by buying them and giving them out at our own kids' parties. Maybe giving kids $1 when...Show More

Ep. 239: Swears! Live from SF Sketchfest with Eliza Skinner

1:20:18 | Jan 25th, 2018

Biz and Theresa are live from San Francisco Sketchfest with guest Eliza Skinner and we're talking about swear words! Our bread and butter! I guess maybe it's weird to hear a four-year-old sound like a sailor at the preschool interview? OOPS. Are some...Show More

Ep. 238: Birth Order: Is That A Thing?

1:02:00 | Jan 18th, 2018

Biz and Theresa wonder if there is anything to birth order as a determining factor in our personalities or if it's basically as reliable as astrological horoscopes? Does being the second child mean we shouldn’t leave the house today or make new inves...Show More

Ep. 237: Can’t Do It Without Getting Interrupted...So Nevermind!

59:09 | Jan 11th, 2018

Biz and Theresa wonder why it feels like it’s all or nothing when it comes to getting things — even fun things — done as a parent. Biz thinks we’re trapped between having to commit to being interrupted on the one hand, and being unable to carry out a...Show More

Ep. 236: The 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show

1:15:21 | Jan 4th, 2018

It's the 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show! Take that, 2017! This week we need to destress from the holidays and kick off the new year right with you, our special guests, as you share your genius and fails of the holidays! ...Show More

Ep. 235: Oh, Look! We Found More Guilt! With Author James Breakwell

1:01:29 | Dec 21st, 2017

Biz and Theresa admit that when we have those “what if I hadn’t done this or that” moments it may be tied to unrecognized guilt. Like most parenting guilt, while it isn’t true, it still feels bad, so is there any benefit to it? Plus Biz is not in a h...Show More

Ep. 234: Budding Independence

1:01:44 | Dec 14th, 2017

Biz and Theresa discuss our kids’ budding independence…or lack thereof and wonder how much we, as parents, are to blame for it. What do you mean ignoring our children's desire to do it themselves because we have no patience could be part of it? Weird...Show More

Ep. 233: Holiday Nostalgia! Stressing About Memories of The Future!

59:18 | Dec 7th, 2017

Biz and Theresa realize that our childhood memories of the holidays combined with our visions of what we want our kid’s memories to be makes for one bad tasting fruit cake of guilt. The sensation that time is fleeting is really ramped up over the hol...Show More

Ep. 232: The House Made Me Do It plus Poison Control Expert Dr. Cyrus Rangan

1:14:56 | Nov 30th, 2017

Biz and Theresa explore why it feels like being inside our homes sometimes makes us worse at parenting. Do we have shorter fuses and less patience because of the clutter and the never-ending list of chores that weigh us down when we're at home? Or......Show More

Ep. 231: The Confusing Moment When Things Go Well plus Screenwriter Kay Cannon

1:17:42 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Biz and Theresa explore the confusing moment when things go well. How is it possible when we know it will all melt down? Well, doesn’t it always melt down and don’t we want to be be proven right that we can’t do anything nice? UHG! Be it play dates, ...Show More

Ep. 230: Playing Favorites plus Early Childhood Development Expert Dr. Gloria Walther

1:19:34 | Nov 16th, 2017

Don’t tell your sister but you are my favorite! Biz and Theresa talk about favoritism in our homes growing up and how we are trying to steer clear of it now that we're parents. We can at least agree that screaming “why can’t you be more like your bro...Show More

Ep. 229: LIVE in Brooklyn! Kid Bedroom Decor w/ Ophira Eisenberg! Plus Adira Amram & The Experience!

1:10:56 | Nov 9th, 2017

One Bad Mother is live from The Bell House in Brooklyn this week! Biz and Theresa wonder how cool will we be when our children begin to decorate their rooms in ways that are visually unappealing at best and personally offensive at worse? Plus Ophira ...Show More

Ep. 228: I Am A Parenting Fraud plus Author James Patterson

1:08:07 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Biz admits to Theresa that we feel like frauds when it comes to knowing how to parent. Does standing there feeling totally blank count as “knowing what to do?” Luckily, Theresa lets us know we are not the only ones. Plus Biz commits to spontaneity , ...Show More

Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings

26:46 | Oct 31st, 2017

One Bad Mother Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings Hide under the covers listeners, Biz is joined by her sister, Helen Michelle, to share some of their family’s ghost stories. Follow Helen Michelle on twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and don't...Show More

Ep. 227: They Can All Hear You When You Scream plus Liz Sower of "Ghosts in the Burbs"

1:11:26 | Oct 26th, 2017

This week on a spooky Halloween One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa discover that when our kids are out in public…being kids….everyone is watching! AHHHHH! Are our fears of being judged or that everyone is “over us already” real, or is the Jekyll to our ...Show More

Ep. 226: You Sound Just Like Your Mother!

1:00:03 | Oct 19th, 2017

Biz and Theresa hear our parents everywhere….and it's coming from ourselves! What is it about becoming a parent that brings out the best and worst of those who raised us in ourselves? Is it nature or nurture or just inevitable? Plus Biz has a sniffle...Show More

Ep. 225: Things My Kids Take Forever To Do plus Poet Chris Harris!

1:06:59 | Oct 12th, 2017

Biz and Theresa share all the things that our kids take forever to do…put on shoes, eat, get out of the car, get into the car, really anything. Should we acknowledge the irony of all the times we say we wish we could slow down or that we wish the wor...Show More

Ep. 224: Picture Day! Plus Author Morra Aarons-Mele

1:17:41 | Oct 5th, 2017

Biz and Theresa explore the importance of picture day. Are we team “clean faced/hair brushed” or team “It was picture day?” Who cares the most about it, us or our children? What do we do with those pictures…mail them to relatives, frame them, or dump...Show More

Ep. 223: Batteries Plus Fertility Doula Sarah Kowalski Esq.!

1:14:38 | Sep 28th, 2017

Biz and Theresa are too tired to talk about anything deep so we pull out our tiny screw drivers and talk about batteries! Plus Biz has cake guilt, Theresa has a super brain, and we talk to Sarah Kowalski, Esq. about her new book Motherhood Reimagined...Show More

Ep. 222: Flexibility Hurts plus LGBTQ Literary Archivist Lee Wind!

1:26:06 | Sep 21st, 2017

Biz and Theresa wonder which is harder, having to be the more flexible person in the family with our work and personal needs, or adjusting our attitudes to be happy about it? How do we find the energy to adjust how we feel about it if we are always s...Show More

Ep. 221: Curiosity: Well, That’s Exhausting! LIVE with Kay Cannon!

1:20:08 | Sep 14th, 2017

One Bad Mother is live from the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles this week and Biz and Theresa try to answer the hardest question of all: "Why do we have to answer all these questions?” Special guest, screen writer Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, Girlboss) ...Show More

Ep. 220: The 8th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants!

1:16:38 | Sep 7th, 2017

It's time for the 8th ever Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants where we feel less alone and possibly a bit better about the job we are doing by basking in the good and not so good moments of parenting shared by our listeners. Plus Biz makes a wish and...Show More

Ep. 219: Getting Out Of The House Is Hard Plus Bilingual Educator Keli Garcia Allen

1:14:05 | Aug 31st, 2017

Biz and Theresa wonder why it is so hard to get out of the house with kids. Oh, thats right…because everything. You’d think that after at least a few years, all the people in your house who need to get out of the house would accept that this is an ev...Show More

Ep. 218: Am I Failing At Letting My Kids Fail? Plus Educator Dr. Ama Mazama

1:11:59 | Aug 24th, 2017

Biz wonders if we are incapable of letting our children solve their own problems and if this is why our children can’t actually problem solve! Theresa suggests maybe its less about ability and more about personality. What’s worse, stunting our childr...Show More

Ep. 217: Back To School Anxiety, Plus Actor and Children's Book Author Michael Ian Black

1:09:47 | Aug 17th, 2017

Biz and Theresa load up our backpacks with unnecessary anxiety! School is great and the teachers are better, so what could be keeping us up at night? Will the teacher be a good fit for our kid? Is this the REAL school supply list? We gotta get kids w...Show More

Ep. 216: No Whine Before It's Time with Dr. Jennifer Verdolin

1:20:42 | Aug 10th, 2017

Biz and Theresa spend the show convincing ourselves that when our children whine it is a good thing. If we ignore the feeling of wanting to slam our heads into a wall and scream “my ears are bleeding! BLEEDING” and focus instead on the biological and...Show More

Ep. 215: Why Am I Supposed To Like That?

56:30 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Biz and Theresa talk about all the little things we hate that we hadn't thought about in years....till our kids did them to us! Pool splashing, sparklers, being surprised...these aren't phobias or life-threatening but they still bug the crap out of u...Show More

Ep. 214: Bad Habits Live From San Francisco!

1:07:32 | Jul 27th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, we are excited to share our live show from San Francisco (May 2017) where we talk about bad habits. What makes a bad habit and do we have any control over what habits our kids have? Probably not but that won’t stop Biz fr...Show More

Ep. 213: GLITTER!

56:27 | Jul 20th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa realize that all that glitters is not gold…it is just glitter and like that shitty tattoo you got from that wild night out that was fun but full of regrets the next morning, it will be with you forever. Wh...Show More

Ep. 212: Family Game Night, plus Anthonia Akitunde of MaterMea.com

1:15:09 | Jul 13th, 2017

Biz and Theresa talk about playing games as children and now, with our own kids. We each have one capable, game-playing-age child as well as another child who seems to turn all game-playing experiences into hurricanes of frustration. Yet, we keep try...Show More

Ep. 211: Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

1:18:00 | Jul 6th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, maybe you can’t understand what Biz and Theresa are saying because they bit off more than they can chew. While choking on it, they wonder why this keeps happening. Is it that we don’t see parenting as work so we take on m...Show More

Ep. 210: What Will It Take To Get You Into Some Self-Care Today?, Plus Kazoo Magazine

1:13:58 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Biz and Theresa wonder what needs to happen, how much money it would take, how many magic wishes we’d need or who’s permission needs to be given for us to actually commit to self-care. Is 100 magic wishes enough? Maybe the actual self-care we are loo...Show More

Ep. 209: The World Revolves Around Me…Maybe

1:10:48 | Jun 15th, 2017

Biz and Theresa wonder if there is a person in the family who everything revolves around and if it is us, why do we keep getting hit by all those things in orbit? Does the family seem to revolve around one kid or does the focus tend to shift? Is this...Show More

Ep. 208: Putting the "Self" in Selfishness

1:05:37 | Jun 10th, 2017

Biz and Theresa are beginning to think we aren’t using the word "selfish" right. Wanting time for yourself so you can rest isn’t the same thing as shoving someone out of the lifeboat. As we find ourselves digging into the idea of self-care more and m...Show More

Ep. 207: The 7th Ever Genius-Fail Spectacular! Plus Rants!

1:23:18 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Buckle up for our seventh genius-fail spectacular (plus rants!) where we bask in the great equalizer of great and awful moments. Trust us, none of us are alone and everyone is doing an amazing job! Plus, Biz is getting ready to head to Alabama, There...Show More

Ep. 206: Sibling Fighting Plus Keeping Our Cool Up Through The Teen Years

1:13:27 | May 25th, 2017

Biz and Theresa wonder if there's any benefit to all the fighting going on between our kids besides thinning out the herd. One part of our brain knows to let them learn to work it out, unless it gets violent, but the other part of our brain finds it ...Show More

Ep. 205: Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number, Plus Professional Wrestling...As Moms!

58:07 | May 18th, 2017

Biz and Theresa wonder if we're putting too much or too little weight on our kids' actual ages. Every time our older kids reach a new age, it seems younger than we imagined it would be, and our younger kids -- no matter how old they get -- always see...Show More

Ep. 204: Don’t Talk To Your Mother That Way!

59:46 | May 11th, 2017

In honor of Mother’s Day, Biz and Theresa wonder whether we have inadvertently allowed ourselves to become doormats! When we hear our partners tell our kids, "Don't talk to your mother that way," why are we surprised? It's nice to know someone has ou...Show More

Ep. 203: Shut Up Mama! Plus Having A Child With Tourette's with Author Heather MacLean

1:17:50 | May 4th, 2017

Biz and Theresa are beginning to think our kids are trying to tell use something…like, to shut up. Perhaps the face grabbing, mouth covering and screaming, “No talking, Mama!” is a clue. Is expecting our children to not interrupt reasonable right now...Show More

Ep. 202: My Kid Gets In Trouble At School, plus comedian Joe Sib

1:12:41 | Apr 27th, 2017

Biz and Theresa talk about how it feels when our kids get in trouble at school. Everyone is definitely thinking we're doing a bad job as parents, right? Plus, life finds a way for Biz, Theresa tells us how it's going with three, and we talk with come...Show More

Ep. 201: What Makes Me A Monster? plus Single Parent Adoption with Nefertiti Austin

1:08:30 | Apr 20th, 2017

Every family has its own way of doing things and, now that our kids are old enough to compare our homes to their friends', suddenly there's a whole list of ways in which we, our kids' parents, ARE MONSTERS. Plus, Biz paves the way for weekend fun and...Show More

Ep. 200: I’m Afraid I’m Becoming Haggard and Broken!, plus Bryn Huntpalmer of The Birth Hour

1:06:53 | Apr 13th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa ponder the stereotype of mothers….not the ethereal, magical vessel image…its the hunched, broken, shell of a person image. Is it avoidable? Is it too late? Or is there some place in between the deep end an...Show More

Ep. 199: Do You Like Me?, plus Kiera Butler, Senior Editor at Mother Jones

1:17:01 | Apr 6th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa wonder why stepping foot into elementary school can churn up our own personal anxiety about making friends as adults with other parents. Is it all in our minds or should we just hang out behind the cafeter...Show More

Ep. 198: Another Birth Story! Thank You For Asking!, plus author Jancee Dunn

1:20:42 | Mar 30th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, in honor of the #MaxFunDrive, Theresa is BACK, with Baby Curtis, and we talk about the miracle of childbirth. The third times the charm! Plus we are joined by Jancee Dunn, to talk about her new book which works through th...Show More

Ep. 197: Kids Express With Their Dress, plus Corin Tucker

1:19:22 | Mar 21st, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, in honor MaxFunDrive, Biz travels to the past to talk to to still pregnant Theresa about how much they should care about how their kid’s express themselves through their clothes. The answer turns out to be “not a lot” but...Show More

Ep. 196: My Child Says She Doesn’t Have Friends! with guest host Tempest DuJour

1:12:26 | Mar 16th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Tempest DuJour joins Biz as co-host to answer the question "What do you mean they don’t want to be your friend baby girl?” What are we supposed to do as parents if our kids feel like they don’t have friends? I mean beside...Show More

Ep. 195: Books Can Help! with guest host Gwen Glazer

1:15:09 | Mar 9th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Books! They can be really helpful! Gwen Glazer, the recommendations librarian from the NYC public Library and co-host of the podcast The Librarian Is In, joins as our cohost and we explore how books can help us prepare ou...Show More

Ep. 194: Do I Have To Like My Kid's Friends? with guest host Nicole Blades

1:08:58 | Mar 2nd, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz is joined by guest host Nicole Blades to wonder if we HAVE to like our kid's friends. Plus Nicole admits to the goldfish swap, Biz feels beat up and we talk to Theresa who questions the sustainability of parenting. Th...Show More

Ep. 193: Alternative Family Set Ups with Guest Host John Roderick

1:19:03 | Feb 23rd, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Living arrangements! Guest host John Roderick joins to talk about the rather non-traditional family set up he shares with the mother of his child, plus we check in with Theresa who is still on maternity leave and Biz isn’...Show More

Ep. 192: Speaking Two Languages At Home with guest host Stefan Lawrence

1:07:46 | Feb 16th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, while Theresa is out on family leave, Biz is joined by her husband Stefan Lawrence to talk about the language of love. Or maybe its the language of Swedish and the love part comes from staying married while one parent spe...Show More

Ep. 191: Kids and Alternative Facts with guest host Britt Erickson, plus Meg Collins of Lucie's List

1:05:43 | Feb 10th, 2017

This week on One Bad Mother, Theresa has had a baby! Yay! Biz is joined by guest host Britt Erickson and they wonder why kid’s have such a problem with what we know to be true and instead cling to their alternative facts…and why are they so stubborn ...Show More

Ep. 190: Candy!, Plus Picky Eaters with Molly and Matthew from the Spilled Milk Podcast

1:11:40 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Biz and Theresa talk candy! Is there such a thing as too much candy and really, for whom are we asking? Between school celebrations, holidays, and parties, there seems to be a never-ending flow of candy into our lives. Do we try to control the candy ...Show More

Ep. 189: The Winter Blues, Plus Graphic Novelist Jenny Jaeckel On Spending Five Months In The NICU

1:10:36 | Jan 26th, 2017

Biz and Theresa take a walk in a winter wonderland of HORRORS! Is there something special about the winter weather that makes it seem harder to parent? Or is it being trapped inside more? Maybe its all the holidays, snow days, and sick days that make...Show More

Ep. 188: Gender Identity and Our Kids, with Lisa Kenney from Gender Spectrum

1:16:25 | Jan 19th, 2017

Biz and Theresa talk about gender identity and our kids this week as Theresa shares some news about her five-year-old. Our awesome guest is Gender Spectrum's Lisa Kenney, who co-authored the book The Transgender Teen. Lisa walks us through some commo...Show More

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

1:03:15 | Jan 12th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:15:29 | Jan 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:26:36 | Dec 22nd, 2016

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 th...Show More

Ep. 184: Am I Doing This Right?

1:03:47 | Dec 16th, 2016

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 wo...Show More

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

1:17:47 | Dec 8th, 2016

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 it...Show More

Ep. 182: Driving In Cars With Kids

55:07 | Dec 1st, 2016

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 d...Show More

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

1:22:26 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 #Hidi...Show More

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

1:26:14 | Nov 17th, 2016

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, ...Show More

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

1:14:47 | Nov 10th, 2016

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...Show More

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

1:10:36 | Nov 3rd, 2016

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 h...Show More

Ep. 177: When Toddlers Hit: The Horror!

1:09:16 | Oct 27th, 2016

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....Show More

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

1:23:23 | Oct 20th, 2016

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 difficu...Show More

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

1:12:20 | Oct 13th, 2016

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 aut...Show More

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

1:19:46 | Oct 6th, 2016

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 tha...Show More

Ep. 173: Stay In Bed!

1:14:28 | Sep 29th, 2016

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 t...Show More

Ep. 172: Milestones

1:08:50 | Sep 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More

Ep. 171: Who's Really Getting Punished?

53:54 | Sep 15th, 2016

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...Show More

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

1:21:28 | Sep 8th, 2016

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.   Share your genius and fail moments! Call 206-350-9485* *Be sure to tell us at the top...Show More

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

1:14:31 | Sep 1st, 2016

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 ...Show More

Ep. 168: How Was Your Summer?, plus guest Faith Salie

1:09:47 | Aug 26th, 2016

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 Sa...Show More

Ep. 167: Tired of Being President, plus Teens & Sex In The Digital Age with Angela Arsenault

1:17:11 | Aug 19th, 2016

Biz wants a new job, one where she isn’t President of All The Stuff. In any relationship, is it inevitable that one person becomes the boss of a majority of day-to-day stuff? Is it resentment that we can feel over this arrangement, or just fatigue? R...Show More

Ep. 166: When Kids Act Sneaky, plus Infertility with Tracey B. Wilson

1:16:19 | Aug 12th, 2016

Biz and Theresa deal with our kids breaking rules and just being generally "sneaky." We thought it would be cute, a rite of passage for all kids, but - surprise - it turns out it's not as fun when it's happening in your own house. Plus, there's somet...Show More

Ep. 165: Why Don't My Kids Like This?!, plus Postpartum Peeing with Courtney Wyckoff

1:18:51 | Aug 5th, 2016

Biz and Theresa demand to know why our kids don’t like some stuff that ALL OTHER kids seem to like. Not liking pizza or coloring books seems like breaking some sort of child law and it seems particularly criminal when the things they don’t like would...Show More

Ep. 164: Who Are We to Other People's Kids?, plus Talking With Our Kids About Racism with Aya de Leon

1:19:50 | Jul 28th, 2016

Biz and Theresa wonder if we're overstepping our boundaries when our kids' friends ask us questions about the way the world works or need our help solving a problem. Are we "parenting" other people's kids, or is this just what they mean when they say...Show More

Ep. 163: When Kids Share a Room, plus NYPL Recommendations Librarian Gwen Glazer

1:20:53 | Jul 20th, 2016

Biz and Theresa get down to the nitty-gritty of sibling bedroom-sharing: fighting, space-sharing, sleep schedules, and more! Biz is afraid to try it with her kids and Theresa knows no other way. Plus, Biz is cooking beautiful meals for her children t...Show More

Ep. 162: Kid Hangovers, plus children's book author Julie Falatko

1:09:22 | Jul 15th, 2016

Biz and Theresa are glad to be back from vacation and are ready to talk Kid Hangovers! Can they be cured by hair of the hotdog? Is there any way to help our kids recover from a night at Nana’s or the Chuck E Cheese birthday party or is this where the...Show More

Ep. 161: Two-Year-Olds Are Emotional, It Turns Out

1:04:18 | Jun 30th, 2016

Biz and Theresa discuss the emotional roller coaster that is parenting a two-year-old. Our kids are often intense, clingy, loving, and on the verge of a tantrum. It takes all our energy to stay calm in the face of the hurricane (and let's get real - ...Show More

Ep. 160: Live from MaxFunCon: Slumber Parties!

1:18:57 | Jun 23rd, 2016

This episode was recorded live at MaxFunCon on June 12th! We're talking slumber parties this week so it's time to freeze someone's bra and practice the occult while levitating a friend and not waking up anybody's parents! Plus, Biz is unsettled by th...Show More

Ep. 159: Kid Art

1:11:40 | Jun 16th, 2016

Biz and Theresa discuss our love for our kids' artistic creations and our simultaneous exasperation at the sheer volume of it. We explore ways to throw stuff out without traumatizing anyone! Plus, Biz has a Shopkins update and Theresa has a kindergar...Show More

Ep. 158: We're Getting Really Bad At This

1:16:15 | Jun 9th, 2016

Biz feels like she used to do many things well but now seems to do many things poorly. We explore this very real place and how much it sucks! Plus, Biz turns to boxes for comfort, Theresa has emotions about her kids’ hair, and we talk to the creators...Show More

Ep. 157: The 5th Genius/Fail Spectacular

1:22:11 | Jun 3rd, 2016

It's the week after Memorial Day and you know what that means! Time for another episode of One Bad Mother devoted entirely to your most epic listener calls. Join us as we celebrate everyone from the dad who cooked a needlessly elaborate meal because ...Show More

Ep. 156: Bribery

59:54 | May 27th, 2016

Biz and Theresa get honest about bribing our kids. It's the thing you're not really supposed to do but it seems like everyone kind of does and -- dare we say -- it maybe kind of sort of...WORKS! Eek! Call the parenting judgment police! But, how far c...Show More

Ep. 155: Parenting Karma

1:12:27 | May 19th, 2016

Biz and Theresa ask if "parenting karma" is real and if just by saying something good is happening with sleep, eating, potty training….anything…you will JINX it and whatever was good will be bad. Just to be safe….let's say it is true. Plus, Biz doesn...Show More

Ep. 154: Let's Be Adults!

1:16:44 | May 13th, 2016

Biz and Theresa try to remember what we thought being an adult was going to be like when we were kids and wonder if we lived up to those expectations. Well, Biz did eat three boxes of fruit roll ups because “she could” so that was something! We also ...Show More

Ep. 153: Parenting in the Age of Daniel Tiger

1:16:10 | May 6th, 2016

Biz and Theresa jump on Trolley and head into Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and wonder if all that singing is just a way to keep Mom Tiger from having a psychotic break? Plus, Biz needs a break herself and Theresa does The Hustle. We also talk with the...Show More

Ep. 152: Sand. That's Also A Thing.

1:12:42 | Apr 29th, 2016

SAND! Biz and Theresa dig deep to talk about how sand is everywhere and probably full of cat pee but we're going to keep going back for more regardless. Plus you're going to hear Biz roar, Theresa is a brand new person, and we talk with artist, write...Show More

Ep. 151: Mortifying Moments In Childhood

1:12:21 | Apr 21st, 2016

Biz and Theresa open old wounds and share some of our most mortifying moments from childhood! We wonder how these experiences will come into play when our own kids inevitably experience embarrassing moments of their own. Plus, Biz hangs ten, Theresa ...Show More

Ep. 150: My Life Is An Actual Sh*t-Show

1:00:53 | Apr 14th, 2016

Biz and Theresa explore what it's like when we have a lot of hard days in a row. You know, when you think you're almost over the hump of one problem and then three new ones crop up? It's enough to make a sleep-deprived mama cry...and we do! Plus, Biz...Show More

Ep. 149: Naptime Drama, Miscarriage, and Lessons of Parenthood

1:10:51 | Apr 7th, 2016

Heads up! There are some discussions about miscarriage in this episode, so please be forewarned if that's a trigger for you. Or, maybe NAPTIME is a worse trigger?! We wouldn't blame you if that's the case. Naps or the lack thereof can be a real son-o...Show More

Ep. 148: The Reflexive 'No!' PLUS Talking With Our Kids About Sex and Gender

1:19:52 | Mar 31st, 2016

Biz and Theresa hash out the possible reasons why Biz can’t stop saying “no” to EVERYTHING her kids want to do, even when there is no good reason for it. “No, you can’t play with that toy that is totally yours and is actually fine for you to play wit...Show More

Ep. 147: Date Nights and Sex Ed.

1:22:56 | Mar 22nd, 2016

It's the final week of #MaxFunDrive 2016! Support the show at MaximumFun.org/donate. Thank you! This week, Biz and Theresa talk about all the ways "date night" can go terribly wrong for parents and zero in on some tips for actually making date nights...Show More

Ep. 146: Dinner and Drinks

1:16:19 | Mar 16th, 2016

It's the #MaxFunDrive! Support the show by visiting MaximumFun.org/donate. Thank you! This week, Biz and Theresa are talking about the guilt and drama surrounding family dinnertime. So sit still, eat your dinner, and bond with your family for goodnes...Show More

Ep. 145: Clothes Make The Kids (If They Could Only Dress Themselves)

1:17:01 | Mar 10th, 2016

Biz and Theresa try to decide how important OUR style is when it comes to what our kids wear. And does what they wear reflect on the job we're doing as their parents? “I swear my two-year-old really does love vintage! HE picked this out!” When "shoul...Show More

Ep. 144: Stickers Are A Thing!

1:10:09 | Mar 4th, 2016

Biz and Theresa get deep and talk about...stickers! Where do they get stuck in YOUR house or car? Is permanent sticker damage to furniture avoidable or inevitable? Has exhaustion led to a lack of caring about the answer to any of the above questions?...Show More

Ep. 143: Our Toddlers, Ourselves

1:19:46 | Feb 25th, 2016

Biz and Theresa admit there are some (ok, MANY) times when we behave almost exactly like our toddlers. Shouldn't we have more patience for their shenanigans when the reality is we totally "get" why they're acting out most of the time because we'd lik...Show More

Ep. 142: What Kids?

1:08:15 | Feb 19th, 2016

Biz and Theresa just want to have a good time this week while simultaneously not talking about being a parent! So, we talk about some remarkably not-kid-related stuff, from karaoke to what we'd do with a million dollars to favorite childhood memories...Show More

Ep. 141: Homework

1:24:19 | Feb 12th, 2016

Biz and Theresa discover the joys of homework. How does our history of loving or loathing homework play into what we want for our kids? Who is homework for kids under age six *really* for? If my kid pastes the square into the circle, are we out of Ha...Show More

Ep. 140: WTF? Our Kids Are Unique Individuals?

1:17:44 | Feb 5th, 2016

Biz and Theresa discuss the ways our children are different from their siblings and from us! How dare they each be unique individuals?! Plus, Biz finds her Fight Song, Theresa gets as serious as she can with a four-year-old, and we're still laughing ...Show More

Ep. 139: Are Our Kids A Reflection Of Us?

1:12:36 | Jan 29th, 2016

Biz and Theresa discuss the ways our kids' appearance and actions do or do not directly reflect on us as their parents. Why do we take credit for certain traits but shrug off other traits as being influenced by others or "just the way they were born"...Show More

Ep. 138: Parenting Message Boards

1:17:42 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Trigger warning: Biz and Theresa talk about online parenting discussion groups! How is it possible these places can range from amazing lifelines to awful wells of judging and hostility? Why do we go to parenting message boards and why do we stay? How...Show More

Ep. 137: Let's Catch Up!

1:19:37 | Jan 14th, 2016

Biz and Theresa realize we need more time to check in on what's been going on recently. From favorite shows to the noise of clutter to feminist fireside chats with children, we let the little things in life take over the show this week and it feels g...Show More

Ep. 136: These Toys Suck

1:13:28 | Jan 8th, 2016

Biz and Theresa return from the holidays to reflect on toys that suck and wonder: is this a good way to teach kids that life will never be what you expect and nothing's actually as cool as the advertisement suggests? Sure! Plus, Biz finds herself in ...Show More

Ep. 135: Looking Forward, Looking Back

1:16:30 | Dec 24th, 2015

Biz and Theresa reflect on 2015 and look back at the resolutions we made a year ago to see how we did! (Surprise: it's a real mixed bag.) Then we talk about all the awesomeness that 2016 has in store, from our kids gaining more independence to us rec...Show More

Ep. 134: The Santa Talk

1:14:56 | Dec 17th, 2015

Don’t listen with your kids because Biz and Theresa talk about Santa this week! Are we LYING to our kids? Or, creating a joyful and magical fantasy world for them? Regardless, this is a great chance to talk about all the different ways people celebra...Show More

Ep. 133: Reading Is FUNdamental

1:14:57 | Dec 11th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about kids' books and outside of a few, how totally horrible they can be. Is it ok to just skip pages or not even let our kids know some classic children’s literature exists? What about books about TV shows or merchandise -- “And...Show More

Ep. 132: On The Fence About Having Kids

1:06:47 | Dec 4th, 2015

Some people know they want kids and some people know they don’t, but what if you don’t care one way or the other, is that even an option? Biz and Theresa say it's actually a viable one! We hash out what goes into making those big decisions in our liv...Show More

Ep. 131: Perfect Holiday Pressure

1:06:10 | Nov 25th, 2015

Biz and Theresa wonder why we have this feeling that we're supposed to spend the holidays happily cooking traditional favorites in the kitchen with our children by our sides, when in reality that seems utterly impossible. Is it us? Is it our children...Show More

Ep. 130: Lunch Box Guilt

1:14:51 | Nov 20th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about school lunches and wonder: how did we go from, “Yay, my child ate something to keep him going!” to, “I AM A FAILURE AS A MOTHER! I LEFT THE CRUSTS ON THE SANDWICH!?” Regardless, it is probably time to throw lunch guilt away...Show More

Ep. 129: You Let Your Kid Watch THAT?!

1:03:01 | Nov 13th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about which TV and movies are and aren't O.K. to show our kids and it turns out to be kind of a personal choice. YOU MEAN THERE'S A PARENTING ISSUE WHEREIN THERE'S NO CLEAR RIGHT OR WRONG? Who knew?! Plus, Biz stops expressing he...Show More

Ep. 128: Playground Etiquette

1:13:46 | Nov 6th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about all the reasons we love playgrounds and all the reasons we fear them. Isn't it OK that some parents are following their kids around and others are letting their kids run free? Why do we feel so judgy and so judged?! Plus, B...Show More

Ep. 127: Halloween Costumes

1:16:22 | Oct 30th, 2015

Biz and Theresa get into the spirit of Halloween with a discussion about costume pressures for kids and a whole other set of costume pressures for us moms. Should we give up and resign ourselves to sad witch hats? Plus, Biz just finished running the ...Show More

Ep. 126: Why Aren't These Kids Having Fun?

1:11:56 | Oct 16th, 2015

Biz and Theresa explore how intoxicating it is when we see our kids having fun and, just like being intoxicated, how bad it feels when we try to capture that buzz again and just can’t. Plus, Dr. Jessica Zucker returns to talk about postpartum anxiety...Show More

Ep. 125: The Great Switcheroo with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark!

1:17:57 | Oct 7th, 2015

This week, we take part in The Great Switcheroo, a massive host-swapping extravaganza within the Maximum Fun podcast network! Guest hosts Dave Shumka and Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself take over for Biz and Theresa and add their own special...Show More

Ep. 124: I Am My Own Worst Enemy

1:09:01 | Oct 2nd, 2015

Biz and Theresa try to figure out why we can be so mean to ourselves. Maybe it's because we're jerks? HA HA HA. [Tears.] Plus, Biz can’t have chickens, Theresa is DONE with solo-parenting after ten days with Jesse out of the country, and we talk with...Show More

Ep. 123: My Kid Broke The Rules and Lied About It

1:10:49 | Sep 24th, 2015

Biz opens up about a recent parenting milestone: her kid broke a rule and then lied about it to her face! We hash it out and decide the best course of action going forward is psychological warfare on our children. Let the battles begin! Plus, we talk...Show More

Ep. 122: You Don't Craft?

1:16:25 | Sep 18th, 2015

Biz and Theresa get crafty and wind up knitting a sweater of self-despair! What was supposed to be a light topic actually leads us into a discussion of our feelings of guilt, jealousy, and inadequacy as moms. Yay! Plus, Jessica Shortall joins us to t...Show More

Ep. 121: The 4th Genius/Fail Spectacular

1:08:41 | Sep 10th, 2015

It's the week after Labor Day and you know what that means! Time for another episode of One Bad Mother devoted entirely to your most epic listener calls. Join us as we celebrate everyone from the mom who got her baby to eat pureed turkey by squirting...Show More

Ep. 120: Kids Are Loud

1:02:31 | Sep 4th, 2015

Biz and Theresa lay out some serious facts. Kids are loud. Plus, Biz makes lemonade out of concentrate, Theresa checks in after a hard week, and  Lisa Roth, the creative mind behind the Rockabye Baby Music series, joins us to talk about making music ...Show More

Ep. 119: What Happened To My Personal Space?

1:15:27 | Aug 28th, 2015

Warning! Our show goes a lot of places this week. Luckily they fall into neat categories! (see our trigger warnings note below) This week, Biz and Theresa talk about personal space, which is a thing our kids like to act like they've never heard of! ...Show More

Ep. 118: More! More! More!

1:11:38 | Aug 21st, 2015

Biz and Theresa want more! More! More! More! More stuff, more babies, more pets, more emotional gratification and in no way is it the same as our kids wanting more. Or, alright fine, maybe it's exactly the same. So we explore the why and the what can...Show More

Ep. 117: Are We Treating Our Partners Like Kids?

1:13:33 | Aug 14th, 2015

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa explore the question, “Are we treating our partners like children?” If you're not sure whether this is something you do, try sharing a kayak with your partner and seeing what comes out of your mouth. Plus,...Show More

Ep. 116: Pregnancy Loss

1:12:21 | Aug 6th, 2015

There is no clever way to say it. This week, Biz and Theresa talk about miscarriages. Theresa shares her experience and together we explore what it's like to go through a pregnancy loss, or have a friend experiencing pregnancy loss, in a culture that...Show More

Ep. 115: Where Can('t) We Take Our Kids?

1:14:59 | Jul 31st, 2015

Biz and Theresa try to come up with a list of places society allows us to take our kids...it ain't a long one! Are parents doing a bad job of taking kids in public? Or do other people in public just need an attitude adjustment? Plus, Biz has an encou...Show More

Ep. 114: Are We Squashing What Makes Our Kids Special?

1:13:58 | Jul 24th, 2015

Biz and Theresa love how special our children are but sometimes feel like the need for peace, quiet, and order calls for squashing their special little selves. IS THAT BAD?! Plus, our kids ask us the tough questions this week! And, we talk to women's...Show More

Ep. 113: Sleep Regression

1:12:10 | Jul 17th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about baby/toddler sleep regressions and how it makes us feel when months of blissfully decent sleep suddenly turn to dust in our hands for seemingly no good reason. Turns out  we're MUCH closer to the point of nervous breakdown ...Show More

Ep. 112: When Will We Be Normal Again?

1:11:23 | Jul 10th, 2015

Biz and Theresa wonder when, as new parents, do we get back to feeling normal again? And what is normal? Maybe it's the day we stop crying at Target or maybe it's accepting a “new” normal. Also this week, we have another case of baby fever! Plus, we ...Show More

Ep. 111: Who Wins At Suffering?

1:15:30 | Jul 3rd, 2015

Biz and Theresa explore the hardest parts of parenting and how "suffering" affects our relationships with our partners. Biz wants her husband to SUFFER LIKE SHE HAS! Theresa has Catholic guilt and wants to spare everyone at her own expense. Turns out...Show More

Ep. 110: Is My Child Leading a Double Life?

58:54 | Jun 26th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about how it makes us feel when our kids behave differently around other adults than they do around us. "What do you mean he's well-behaved and likes vegetables?!" What are we doing wrong?! Plus, Biz is enjoying crippling sleep d...Show More

Ep. 109: What Did That Baby Do To My Friend?

1:17:05 | Jun 12th, 2015

What happens to a friendship when one friend suddenly has a baby, and the other remains child-free? This week, Biz and Theresa tackle questions about friendships submitted by our child-free listeners. From dealing with the crappy things that come out...Show More

Ep. 108: Toy Guns

1:09:02 | Jun 5th, 2015

Who needs two tickets to the gun show? These guys! Biz and Theresa test the bonds of friendship by talking about our respective stances on toy gun play. Plus, Biz returns to her roots, Theresa gets a 24-hour vacation, and we talk to the very funny ac...Show More

Ep 107: The 3rd Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular...With Rants!

1:08:58 | May 29th, 2015

Biz and Theresa celebrate YOU, our listeners, and what an amazing job you're all doing…most of the time! From serving baby oatmeal out of a piping bag to poking your kid in the eye before a shot, you guys are nailing it!

Ep. 106: Crisis Mode

1:15:48 | May 22nd, 2015

Biz and Theresa wonder why sometimes a crisis is easier than regular life? Maybe we wouldn't feel this way if we got trophies and a standing ovation every time we did the dishes or handled bedtime solo! Plus, success leaves a bad taste in Biz's mouth...Show More

Ep. 105: Post-Mother's Day Mom Rant

1:11:55 | May 15th, 2015

Biz and Theresa need to vent about the holiday that is Mother’s Day and ask these three important questions: What’s wrong with Mother’s Day? Should we just cancel Mother’s Day? and Can’t we have anything nice? Plus, something horrible is following Bi...Show More

Ep. 104: Anxiety

1:17:35 | May 8th, 2015

Biz and Theresa admit to all the things that keep us up at night and share our tricks for coping when our minds want to go off the deep end. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day? If you don't already suffer from crippling anxiety, you might afte...Show More

Ep. 103: What Will Our Kids Be When They Grow Up?

1:12:59 | May 1st, 2015

Biz and Theresa predict what our kids will be when they grow up, based on what they're into now. (Hint: Someone LOVES throwing food, so he's probably going to be a food critic!) We also come to the shocking realization that we may be letting our own ...Show More

Ep. 102: I See London I See France, I See Mama Naked!

1:13:40 | Apr 24th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about whether and for how long it's ok to be naked in front of our kids and vice-versa. And, as if that's not awkward enough, we also discuss names for all those body parts that are out there in the open! Plus, Biz solves part of...Show More

Ep. 101: What Will Our Kids Remember?

1:13:54 | Apr 17th, 2015

Biz and Theresa wonder what our kids will remember of their childhoods and whether there's any way to get them to treasure our genius moments as much as we wish they would? Oh, and of course, forget our failures? That'd be nice! Plus, Biz turns a cor...Show More

Ep.100: It Was So Much Easier Back Then

1:14:02 | Apr 10th, 2015

Biz and Theresa celebrate our 100th episode! With our moms! We find out whether it really was easier being a mom back in the good old days before everything could kill us. Plus, no amount of glitter can decorate Biz’s fail, Theresa ruins Easter, and ...Show More

Ep. 99: If Only

1:08:04 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk wishful thinking, including the dillusion that "if only ____[insert complaint here]____ was different," we'd feel better and be better moms. HA! If only it was that simple. Plus, Biz has a super laid-back attitude about Katy Bell...Show More

Ep. 98: When Only Mama Will Do

1:24:56 | Mar 26th, 2015

Biz and Theresa talk about that special time in a child's life when only Mama will do. We aren’t sure it feels as good as it should. Plus, Theresa compliments her partner, coughing drives Biz to the edge of madness, and we welcome back one of our fav...Show More

Ep. 97: In-Laws

1:26:14 | Mar 19th, 2015

Biz and Theresa finally go there and talk about in-laws, oh my! Before we put our foot too far in our mouths we get insight into many of the issues created by joining families with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author of Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws into...Show More

Ep. 96: Time-Outs

1:09:10 | Mar 13th, 2015

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa wonder if time-outs actually work and wonder how bad WE have to get for someone to send US to our rooms. Plus, Biz sets her kitchen on fire, Theresa takes a dive, and the creator of the 'Dirt and Boogers' ...Show More

Ep. 95: Kid Hair

1:11:49 | Mar 6th, 2015

Biz and Theresa tackle the tangled topic of hair! To cut or not to cut, that is the question. The answer is “no one cares.” Plus, Biz Leaves It To Beaver, Theresa totally eats it in this week’s fails, and we get outdoorsy with Peter Brown Hoffmeister...Show More

Ep. 94: We Give Up!

1:15:09 | Feb 27th, 2015

Biz and Theresa wonder why "letting go" feels so great but "giving up" makes us feel like losers? Clearly we're having trouble deciding whether our glass of wine is half-full or half-empty. Plus, Biz offers a refuge for tired moms and Theresa comfort...Show More

Ep. 93: What DO You Do All Day?

1:09:38 | Feb 20th, 2015

We call bullshit on the "to do list" when none of the ten thousand things we do as a parent everyday counts as a thing we can cross off. Plus, Biz comes to the realization that any problems her kids have may not actually be her fault, Theresa plays m...Show More

Ep. 92: Spoiled Rotten

54:21 | Feb 13th, 2015

This week, Biz and Theresa forgot to put the kids back in the fridge and they’ve gone SPOILED ROTTEN! Can a young child really be spoiled? Or is it just one of those descriptions we found so easy to toss around before we had kids and discovered that ...Show More

Ep.91: TEENS!

1:12:23 | Feb 6th, 2015

Biz and Theresa make predictions about what life will be like when our kids become teens (...our conversation quickly turns to porn). Plus, Biz poses the question, "Which is worse: when your partner has a hard time with the kids, or when he says they...Show More

Ep. 90: Getting Deep About Strollers (aka Stop Hating Moms)

1:10:30 | Jan 30th, 2015

Biz and Theresa tackle the deepest of parenting topics…strollers. Have strollers become the symbol of all things evil about moms? Plus, the universe does not want Biz to enjoy a hamburger, Theresa is her own chiropractor, and we talk to super-edgy re...Show More

Ep. 89: Confidence

1:15:44 | Jan 23rd, 2015

Biz and Theresa accidentally gain new insight into ourselves this week! OOPS! We talk about our self-confidence and what happens to it after we become parents. (Hint: It may get shit on.) Plus, Biz discovers there's even MORE she didn't know about he...Show More

Ep. 88: A Visit From The Tooth Fairy

1:16:40 | Jan 16th, 2015

Biz and Theresa get a visit from the Tooth Fairy and discover we're totally unprepared for both the high emotional cost and high monetary cost of a baby tooth these days! Also, Theresa learns all you need is a box and an imagination to lose your mind...Show More

Ep. 87: Children Are The Worst Liars

1:09:33 | Jan 9th, 2015

Biz and Theresa discover that change is hard, especially when that change is your precious child starts lying to you...without the courtesy of being any good at it! Sadly, this isn’t one of those phases you can ignore in hopes they will grow out of i...Show More

Ep. 86: Toys Toys Toys

1:04:07 | Jan 2nd, 2015

Biz and Theresa tackle toys this week! What's better, eco wooden toys or plastic? Who cares! As long as they keep the kids amused so we have a minute to catch our breath. Plus, Theresa can't answer any more kid questions and Biz just wants to be left...Show More

Ep. 85: Resolving to Be Awesome

1:03:43 | Dec 19th, 2014

Biz and Theresa discuss New Year’s resolutions and try not to be super judgy about them! Plus, Batman helps a 3-year-old poop on the potty, Theresa finds out why blender lids exist, and we speak with comedian W. Kamau Bell about canceling tour dates ...Show More

Ep. 84: Holiday Survival Guide

1:08:46 | Dec 11th, 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate that brings feelings of cheer and MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF STRESS! Biz and Theresa discuss why the holidays can make even the most innocent of comments about your kids or your pa...Show More

Ep. 83: Baby Mama Drama

1:13:28 | Dec 5th, 2014

Biz and Theresa want to know why we feel like crazy people when we worry about everything? Just relax, already! Clearly the vacation is going to pack itself! Plus, Biz reveals that french-kissing robots keep her marriage strong, Theresa gets fooled b...Show More

Ep. 82: Gratitude

1:12:12 | Nov 26th, 2014

On A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa put the attitude in gratitude, only to discover that kids don’t get the concept of empathy and thankfulness on their own. CRAP! More work for us! I mean, thank you for the chan...Show More

Ep. 81: Weaning

1:07:42 | Nov 21st, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about weaning this week, which means there is bonus mom judging! Plus, Theresa really can’t cook and Biz isn’t trying hard enough to be a good mother. Our most uplifting show yet! To lighten the mood we have a special mom breakin...Show More

Ep. 80: Mom Ruts

1:11:25 | Nov 14th, 2014

Biz and Theresa admit we're sometimes in a rut. In fact, as moms we've been in almost every kind of rut there is (other than PODCASTING RUT, obvi). The question is how to get out of them? We propose inventing a new rut that's actually an enjoyable pl...Show More

Ep. 79: Turning One, It Ain't About the Baby

1:07:54 | Nov 7th, 2014

Biz and Theresa discover the answer to the question, “Who is the first birthday for anyway?” It's us! So, where's our bounce house? Biz’s younger self is disgusted with her older self’s view on Halloween candy, Theresa may have a screw loose when it ...Show More

Ep. 78: Zombie Apocalypse!

1:16:55 | Oct 31st, 2014

On a very special Halloween episode of One Bad Mother, we talk zombie-apocalypse-readiness! (...A.K.A. emergency preparedness!) Clearly, we are prepared to have a three-day-supply of water and eat people. Theresa solves bedwetting forever and Biz spi...Show More

Ep. 77: Forgiving Ourselves

1:23:23 | Oct 17th, 2014

On a Very Special MaxFunWeek episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa seek forgiveness. Why is it so easy to forgive the people we love, but not ourselves? Plus, Katy Belle is in love, Theresa is not a monster, and best of all we talk with Dave Shu...Show More

Ep. 76: Me, Myself & I...and My Baby

1:13:03 | Oct 10th, 2014

Biz and Theresa wonder what you're supposed to do when you can’t take the time for yourself that everyone wants you to take unless you have the baby with you. Is it possible to have restorative time for ourselves...while we're with our babies? Plus, ...Show More

Ep. 75: Finding The Time To Talk

1:12:57 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Biz and Theresa wonder how we find time to discuss family business with our partners, or -- shock of all shocks -- simply talk and connect with our partners?! How is it possible two people can live in the same house and not find time to talk? Oh, tha...Show More

Ep. 74: Let's Lie To Our Kids!

1:14:16 | Sep 26th, 2014

Biz and Theresa wonder if lying to our kids is even a lie at all? Probably? It probably is still lying. Plus, Theresa is decidedly NOT gushing about preschool this week, Biz tries to figure out why Princess Leia needs a hairbrush, and we talk about a...Show More

Ep. 73: It's Like We Don't Have Kids!

1:10:28 | Sep 19th, 2014

Biz and Theresa try to have a conversation without mentioning our kids and get to know each other better as friends, not just mom-friends! Plus, Biz learns that “childproof” may not be applicable to her child, Theresa turns her car into a mobile play...Show More

Ep. 72: Preserving the Memories AKA Memory Hoarding

1:09:56 | Sep 12th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about preserving the precious memories we have about our children, only to discover that, as usual, we are each failing at it in our own special way! Plus, Biz finds herself trying to explain the Afghanistan War to a five-year-ol...Show More

Ep. 71: The Second Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular - With Rants!

1:08:55 | Sep 5th, 2014

Woooooo! Kick back and bask in the glory of you, our listeners, as we celebrate your genius moments and failures in The Second Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular -- this time with rants! From washing the diaper pail while washing yourself, to going too far...Show More

Ep. 70: Mom in the Mirror

1:08:52 | Aug 29th, 2014

Biz and Theresa try to figure out how our childhood memories and images of moms fit -- or don't -- with how we see ourselves now that we're moms. There's a good chance we're over-thinking it. Plus, Biz discovers that the kindergarten playground may b...Show More

Ep. 69: Is Any News Good News?

53:57 | Aug 21st, 2014

Biz and Theresa explore the ways our consumption of news stories has changed since we've had kids. Hint: it's gotten kinda hard. Also, riding high from the first day of kindergarten and too much coffee, Biz experiences some beautiful moments of paren...Show More

Ep. 68: Getting Poked! Shots, Doctor Visits & Vaccines

1:16:46 | Aug 15th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about taking our kids to the doctor and giving them shots! Guess who has no emotional issues seeing her kids get shots? Hint: Her name rhymes with Beresa. Plus, Theresa has a problem with sharing and Biz is shocked to discover he...Show More

Ep. 67: Even Children Get Older

1:10:52 | Aug 8th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about our eldest kids' birthday parties, what constitutes a momentous age, and how, when kids age, it means parents age! NOOOOOO!!!! Plus, the Universe reminds Theresa she can’t go anywhere…ever, and must be tethered to her baby ...Show More

Ep. 66: Guest Host Sarah Morgan Talks Motherhood & Baby-Led Weaning

1:01:57 | Aug 1st, 2014

This week Biz is on vacation and Theresa is joined by a guest host! Sarah Morgan is a UK-based comedy writer who also happens to write for MaxFun's own International Waters. Don’t worry, Sarah swears enough to make up for Biz’s absence, but sounds wa...Show More

Ep. 65: Time To Go!: Departure Tantrums

1:12:23 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about leaving...forever. Just kidding. We talk about the joys of dragging a screaming, unhappy child away from...anywhere! You name it: parks, play dates, Chuck E Cheese. How do we deal with it? Hint: cash bribes do not sway two-...Show More

Ep. 64: Kids Say The Darndest Things

1:14:14 | Jul 18th, 2014

Biz and Theresa try to anticipate the ramifications of teaching our kids fart jokes and songs about poop. Are we taking all the fun out of it? Are we creating "that kid" who brings dirty words into their friends homes? Probably yes, and yes. Oh, well...Show More

Ep. 63: Postpartum Depression

1:15:05 | Jul 11th, 2014

Biz and Theresa fall back on “making jokes” as our defense mechanism while we tackle the topic of Postpartum Depression, the way the media portrays it, and our own experiences with the ups, downs and way-downs of post-baby life. We then speak with Ka...Show More

Ep. 62: Summer!

58:59 | Jul 4th, 2014

Swimming! Camp! Pool food! Sunburn! Magazines! This week, Biz and Theresa reminisce about our own childhood summers and make excuses for not giving our kids perfect summertime experiences. Plus, Biz fesses up to co-sleeping with her baby and Theresa ...Show More

Ep. 61: Let's Get Pregnant Again!

1:12:42 | Jun 27th, 2014

Biz and Theresa want to know why, after all the misery of pregnancy and all the lack of sleep of life with a newborn, we would even think of having another baby. Where does that urge come from? Let’s kill it when we find out. Plus, Theresa compliment...Show More

Ep. 60: Teething

1:06:44 | Jun 20th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about teething and back up the discussion with so many scientific facts that we consider having the show recategorized from comedy to science. (Note: "facts" stated by Biz and Theresa may not be true / may make you less smart.) P...Show More

Ep. 59: Mom Guilt Part 2: We Should Be Enjoying This!

1:08:36 | Jun 13th, 2014

This week, on a Very Special Father’s Day episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa revisit the always-festive topic of Mom Guilt, and try to create a safe space to admit we don’t always like being a mom (eek). Plus, baby vomit! Instead of calling a...Show More

Ep. 58: Body Image

1:08:03 | May 30th, 2014

Like our postpartum bodies, nothing is where it should be! First, our kids are growing up too fast, and our friends are looking too depressingly perfect on FaceBook. Next, we jump into our topic: we call Jen McLellan of PlusSizeBirth.com, who shares ...Show More

Ep. 57: Scarring Our Children Spiritually

57:16 | May 23rd, 2014

Biz and Theresa try to answer the big questions, like: what happens when you die? “Go ask you father” apparently does not cut it. Theresa has a breakthrough and Biz’s daughter is finally excited to do things without Biz…weep, sob, I mean, yay! Plus, ...Show More

Ep. 56: My Kids Hurt My Feelings!

1:05:54 | May 16th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about what it's like when our kids hurt our feelings and how we try to deal with it. Hint: Slamming the door and telling them we can’t be friends anymore sadly is not the answer. Biz contemplates the other side of crazy and There...Show More

Ep. 55: Happy Mother's Day, Now Eat!

59:30 | May 9th, 2014

Biz and Theresa remember back to what it was like celebrating Mother’s Day as kids. In retrospect, Mom may have gotten a raw deal, including having to share her dime store, rock hard, but picked with love, chocolates. Plus, we talk about introducing ...Show More

Ep. 54: Babies. Still Not Relaxing.

1:02:54 | May 1st, 2014

Biz and Theresa discover we've learned nothing from the first go-round and once again are unable to find time for ourselves amidst the chaos of life with babies. What's worse? Parenting is still hard! Plus, Biz’s baby sees ghosts and Theresa’s two-ye...Show More

Ep. 53: Traveling With Kids / Making Dinnertime Easier

1:08:03 | Apr 18th, 2014

This week, Biz and Theresa try to be helpful. Wait! Where are you going? We talk about the joys and fears of traveling with kids, explore expectations, and give a few tips. Warning: Tip results may vary by family and child. Plus, we're joined by Jani...Show More

Ep. 52: Baby Daddy Resentment

55:06 | Apr 11th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about partner resentment and try to figure out WHOSE FAULT THIS IS. It must be somebody's, right? (oh, hahaha...It's obv our partners' fault.) Plus, Biz needs someone to put a triscuit in her mouth and Theresa deals out some hard...Show More

Ep. 51: You're Not Sick!

59:11 | Apr 4th, 2014

Biz and Theresa discover we are not alone when it comes to how our kids behave when sick. Why don’t they want to rest? Why did TV lie to us?! Theresa describes how hard it was to clean Jesse, Biz discovers she is about to embark on vacation hell, and...Show More

Ep. 50: Sex

1:28:15 | Mar 26th, 2014

This week, we take our time and do the deed: we talk about sex. You know, the sex we're all having ALL THE TIME after having a baby? OK, admittedly, we discuss the reasons why it might not be so easy to get back into the swing of things. (Hint: We ju...Show More

Ep. 49: Kids' Music

1:07:51 | Mar 21st, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about the big lie all soon-to-be parents tell themselves: ”I will never play kids' music to my kids, only real music.” It's funny how fast we broke down. Plus, excellent parenting advice on how to handle “hitting” games. And, Lis...Show More

Ep. 48: Mom Rage

1:07:06 | Mar 14th, 2014

This week, Biz and Theresa go there...to talk about the scariest place a parent can find themselves, the place where frustration can take us when dealing with our children (and it ain’t Chuck E Cheese).  Plus, 4-year-olds and pinatas and "Momming-Up...Show More

Ep. 47: Getting Emotionally Schooled

1:06:06 | Mar 7th, 2014

Biz and Theresa talk about the emotional roller coaster of letting your child go to school for the first time. Plus, Biz tries to convince you she has ghosts! We are joined by Asha Dornfest, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Life More b...Show More

Ep. 46: Genius/Fail Spectacular!

54:37 | Feb 28th, 2014

Our listeners star this week as Biz and Theresa play back-to-back Genius and Fail messages from the One Bad Mother hotline. Also, Theresa makes a horrible realization and Biz needs her kids to “level up.” Plus, a heart-wrenching rant reminds us to be...Show More

Ep. 45: Moms Are Really Cool

1:06:43 | Feb 21st, 2014

Biz and Theresa prove we are still really cool after having kids, Biz realizes she no longer feels judged for parenting decisions, and Theresa talks about how nice she was over the weekend. This is basically a show of lies. Plus, we're joined by one ...Show More

Ep. 44: The Kids Are Alright

1:02:14 | Feb 14th, 2014

Brace yourselves! Biz and Theresa say nice things about our kids, our partners, and -GASP- even ourselves as moms! THE WORLD IS ENDING! Happy Valentines Day, indeed. Plus, Biz collects urine and Theresa rocks the workout wardrobe. We speak with UK si...Show More

Ep. 43: Sleep Training

1:07:33 | Feb 7th, 2014

Biz and Theresa navigate the judgey minefield of sleep training and barely escape with our lives, plus Theresa goes to a Mommy-and-Me movie and Biz lets Katherine Belle watch a movie NOT made for 4-year-olds. And, we get professional help from pediat...Show More

Ep. 42: Take My Baby, Please!

1:09:01 | Jan 31st, 2014

Biz and Theresa try to figure out why it can be so hard to let other people hold your new baby. We also discuss bottle issues and we discover something that Biz can’t do with one hand. Plus, we talk about race and motherhood with Nicole Blades of MsM...Show More

Ep. 41: Managing the Madness

1:07:57 | Jan 24th, 2014

Theresa admits there are worse things than the first month with a newborn...such as, all the subsequent months. Biz gets creative with her feet. And, we come to terms with ever thinking just one baby was hard. Plus, we talk peeing your pants with Bri...Show More

Ep. 40: Keepin' it Clean

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2014

Theresa “moms up” getting the newborn out of her bed, Biz gets older, and we talk about cleaning house. Our guest this week is economist Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need ...Show More

Ep. 39: Birth Stories and Newborn Life, Take 2

1:08:09 | Jan 10th, 2014

Biz and Theresa are back! This time with more children! After being away for so long without a great deal of social interaction with anyone other than our own children, we have really saved up “the good stuff,” from our latest birth stories to what i...Show More

Ep. 38: The Holidays

1:02:02 | Dec 19th, 2013

This week, Biz is joined by her husband, Stefan, while Theresa enjoys her new baby. We talk about merging holiday traditions once you have kids. Turns out we may not have ever addressed it...on a podcast seems like a good time to do it. Cough. Plus, ...Show More

Ep. 37: Parenting Online

1:10:56 | Dec 5th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss social media and parenting, from over-sharing to privacy settings to ignoring the fear that the internet is going to ruin your child's life. (I know my child is a genius but I did post that picture of her shitting in the tub, ...Show More

Ep. 36: Potty Time

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about the pressure to potty train and offer very little insight into anything that might actually work. Does "she no longer pees on me or the good rug" count as training? We also talk to comedienne and singer-songwriter Adira Amr...Show More

Ep. 35: Birth Control

1:04:00 | Nov 13th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about birth control and prove, once again, we are IN NO WAY the authorities on anything. But at least we don't tell you breastfeeding is a form of birth control! Theresa has last-minute regrets about not spending more money to ma...Show More

Ep. 34: Halloween

1:07:24 | Oct 31st, 2013

This week we talk about crapping your pants because you're scared rather than just because you're 3 years old. Theresa asks the Great Pumpkin for a pregnancy hiatus, Biz loves Halloween, and we talk with Amy Storch, aka Amalah, the hilarious and insi...Show More

Ep. 33: Baby Movies

1:04:22 | Oct 24th, 2013

Biz and Theresa review and discuss two very different movies about childbirth. We aren't sure which was more painful to watch...the fiction or the nonfiction movie. We also remember that we forgot to say something nice about siblings on our sibling s...Show More

Ep. 32: Birth Plans and the Joys of the Third Trimester

1:05:09 | Oct 17th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about how GREAT Biz looks (really great) and we share our birth plans as if we will actually have any real control over anything ever again. We are joined by returning guest Alice Bradley, co-author of Let's Panic About Babies, t...Show More

Ep. 31: Siblings Gonna Hit

1:06:18 | Oct 9th, 2013

Biz and Theresa announce we are pre-recording some shows in anticipation of our new babies (you're welcome), Theresa has a close call, and we talk about siblings. Are they worth the beatings? Then our fears of the emotional tolls of a second child on...Show More

Ep. 30: Babies May Not Be a Relationship Fixer

59:55 | Oct 2nd, 2013

Biz and Theresa try to figure out why babies may add strain to a relationship and how to help prevent it. Hint: Don't have a baby. Biz discovers that four-year-olds may not "get it" when you try to prepare them for major life changes and we enjoy the...Show More

Ep. 29: What Patience?

1:05:39 | Sep 26th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about preschool biting and Biz's growing lack of patience. Why don't kids understand they are driving you crazy? You tell them enough. Plus, we talk with Deesha Philyaw, co-author of Co-Parenting 101. The Brady Bunch it ain't.

Ep. 28: Judging and Jealousy

1:12:38 | Sep 18th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about judging and how hard it is to avoid being on the recieving and as well as the serving end. Then we talk about jealousy and how that plays into it. We are joined by returning guest Tresa Edmunds, aka Reese Dixon, for a discu...Show More

Ep. 27: Eat Your Vegetables!

1:05:03 | Sep 12th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about trying to feed our families good things and if that doesn't work, bribing them to eat it. Plus we talk with kitchen living expert Coryanne Ettiene who gives us AMAZING ideas for meal planning and back to school lunches. She...Show More

Ep. 26: Mom Friends

57:56 | Sep 5th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk Mom Friends: who needs them? ...OK, we kinda do. So...how do we make any?

Ep. 25: Gender, Part Two

1:11:10 | Aug 29th, 2013

Biz and Theresa continue their conversation about gender and talk about all the crap you get confronted with after the child is born. Dear Girls: I hope you like pink and cats! Dear Boys: I hope you like guns and NOTHING REMOTELY FEMININE! Plus, we s...Show More

Ep. 24: Gender, Part One

1:09:54 | Aug 22nd, 2013

Biz and Theresa try to figure out what color to paint the womb! (cough) We tackle part one of our look at gender division and how it starts before the baby is even born. We also talk to blogger and full-time dad Chris Routly of DaddyDoctrines.com.

Ep. 23: Mom Guilt

1:13:06 | Aug 15th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss guilt issues. Surprise: Everything makes us feel guilty, including each other! We speak with Tresa Edmunds, aka Reese Dixon, lifestyle blogger, mom, mormon, activist... and that's the stuff we DON'T get to in the interview! Th...Show More

Ep. 22: Baby Showers

1:04:06 | Aug 7th, 2013

Biz and Theresa try to decide whether baby showers are fun or stressful and attempt to come up with ways to feel better about the weirdness of opening presents for two hours in front of people. Bonus: Biz yells at you to ENJOY IT! Relaxing. Plus, we ...Show More

Ep. 21: Adoption

1:07:55 | Aug 1st, 2013

Biz and Theresa confirm we know nothing about the process of adoption and speak with comedian Morgan Brayton about her experience adopting two children.

Ep. 20: I Can't Hear You Over My Biological Clock

1:02:30 | Jul 18th, 2013

Tick, Tick, BOOM! Biz and Theresa try to give advice to a friend about bringing up the big talk to a partner...wanting kids. If only "RUN!" was suitable advice. We also talk with the very funny woman behind "The Honest Toddler," Bunmi Laditan.

Ep. 19: Pregnancy: The Sexy Second Trimester

1:08:25 | Jul 11th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss the second trimester and tackle such issues as "feeling great: myth or fact," genetic testing, and all the things we are about to kiss good-bye when the new baby comes. We are joined by Eden Kennedy and Alice Bradley, authors ...Show More

Ep. 18: Don't Say Anything to Pregnant Women!

1:13:34 | Jul 4th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss what makes people feel they can talk to pregnant women about their changing bodies, in particular when they use the word "fat" as something sinister even when making a baby, and how that makes us feel. Hint: Not good. We also ...Show More

Ep. 17: Birthday Parties and Romantic Reading Time

1:14:49 | Jun 27th, 2013

Biz gets insulted by her nurse, Theresa has a well deserved Mom Meltdown, we talk about kids' parties and wrap it all up with contemporary romance novelist, Rebecca Rogers Maher. It is just that kind of show this week.

Ep. 16: Support Systems

1:10:54 | Jun 20th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss the need for support beyond our own partners and get some wisdom on the topic from singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell who is a single mom to twin toddlers conceived with the use of a sperm donor.

Ep. 15: Father's Day

1:06:02 | Jun 13th, 2013

Biz and Theresa celebrate Father's Day by attempting to disprove the advertising world's assertion that dads are idiots. We talk about our own dads and are joined by our husbands as they share their genius and fails! We call Al Madrigal, comedian, Da...Show More

Ep. 14: Don't Say Mommy Brain

1:05:09 | Jun 6th, 2013

Biz and Theresa speak with author Anne Kreamer about the science of emotions in the workplace and what happens to our brains after having a baby. And we decide that moms have SUPERBRAINS.

Ep. 13: Pets and Kids

1:12:04 | May 30th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about our four-legged babies and all the ways they add joy and unwanted extra noise to our lives with our children. We also speak with actress, blogger, and mom, Cynthia Silver, about losing a pet and fighting reality television.

Ep. 12: Do You Even Like Playing With Your Kids?

1:13:52 | May 23rd, 2013

Biz and Theresa admit playing with our kids isn't always magical. We also talk with blogger Janelle Hanchett of RenegadeMothering.com.

Ep. 11: Birth Stories

1:03:34 | May 15th, 2013

WARNING! This week, Biz and Theresa share their birth stories. If you are even slightly hesitant to hear such personal details, we suggest you go with your instincts and listen to our Mother's Day episode...again. Otherwise, settle in to hear about t...Show More

Ep. 10: Mother's Day

1:16:08 | May 9th, 2013

Biz and Theresa get so sentimental talking about moms and motherhood that we decide to go straight to the source and call our own moms. (Oh, yeah -- and we spend some time blaming/threatening our husbands for not doing enough for us on Mother's Day! ...Show More

Ep. 9: Pregnancy: The First F%&#ing Trimester

1:08:01 | May 2nd, 2013

Biz and Theresa reveal some big news and (hint) talk about the first trimester of pregnancy! We also talk with Alice Bradley, one of the authors of Let's Panic About Babies!, who helps us understand what the heck is going on inside of our bodies righ...Show More

Ep. 8: Making Time for Yourself

1:11:44 | Apr 25th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss the ever-elusive notion of  "time for yourself" and why it is so important. Hint, it will keep you from killing everyone. We speak with super-crafty mom blogger Natasha of LittlePinkMonster.com who helps us learn that it isn't...Show More

Ep. 7: Fear

1:08:13 | Apr 18th, 2013

Biz and Theresa share their fears as moms and talk to "The World's Worst Mom" Lenore Skenazy, host of FreeRangeKids.com and author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts with Worry. Lenore helps us realize wha...Show More

Ep. 6: Mommy Wars

1:12:43 | Apr 11th, 2013

Biz and Theresa peacefully protest the "Mommy Wars" and speak with Janet Casey, founder of TellAnotherMom.com, a movement to support moms.

Ep. 5: Smart Phone Addiction

1:12:01 | Apr 4th, 2013

Biz and Theresa discuss cell phones and parenting and how, like everything else, it is ruining our children. Why not listen while ignoring your own children? We speak with blogger Jill Cordes, who tries to help us with our personal device addiction, ...Show More

Ep. 4: Labor Pains

1:02:02 | Mar 27th, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about labor pains and we aren't talking about the ones you have in the delivery room. Division of labor! We are joined by stand up comic Carolyn Castiglia (Babble.com and NickMom) who, in her single mom glory, reminds us we have ...Show More

Ep. 3: Breastfeeding

1:00:49 | Mar 21st, 2013

Biz and Theresa talk about breastfeeding and manage to stay friends despite all the judging. Then we talk to comedian Marion Oberle who reminds us we aren't the only two moms in the world by sharing how her breastfeeding experiences were not only dif...Show More

Ep. 2: Mommy's Little Helper

51:28 | Mar 14th, 2013

Biz and Theresa try to figure out if having a drink at the end of the day is a good idea (guess what we decide) and talk with Laurie Kilmartin, author of Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us.