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One Bad Mother


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.
Ep. 317: You Weren’t Listening! Plus, Adoption Representation with Nefertiti Austin

1:12:11 | Aug 22nd

Biz and Theresa wonder, if a parent talks in the kitchen, does anybody hear them? We realize that no matter how much we burn energy telling our kids important information about the day’s schedule or expectations, our kids aren’t listening. “You didn’...Show More
One Bad Mother, Episode 316: Parenting with Chronic Pain, Plus NYTimes Parenting Editor Jessica Grose

1:12:10 | Aug 15th

Biz is missing this week, so Theresa is joined by her partner Jesse Thorn to talk about parenting with migraine headaches. What does parenting look like while also dealing with a serious medical condition and how does that affect our parenting partne...Show More
Ep. 315: When I Grow Up, I’m Going To Be A Self!

1:00:09 | Aug 8th

Biz and Theresa pick up where we left off on last week’s show and explore the sensation of “playing self” instead of being a self. Is the book on my nightstand going to be read or is it a prop to create the illusion of self care? What about that gym ...Show More
Ep. 314: I Feel Like I Work Here, But I Don’t Feel Like I Live Here. Plus, Elizabeth Gilbert!

1:20:42 | Aug 1st

Biz and Theresa ponder the growing sensation that it feels like we work here but it doesn’t feel like we live here. “Here” meaning any state of existence where we can stop thinking about everything and everyone’s needs but our own. Oh yeah, it's one ...Show More
Ep. 313: Revisiting Sleep. Do You Have Enough Now?

1:09:36 | Jul 25th

Biz and Theresa revisit sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…huh?…..We’re awake! But are we rested? HA HA HA! How has sleep changed now that our kids are older and we have more kids? Even though it is no longer like the early days of "having an infant" lack of sle...Show More
Ep. 312: Still Traveling With Kids! Plus, Princess Hair with Heather Burris

1:13:58 | Jul 18th

Biz and Theresa are still traveling with kids. We explore how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. Maybe what’s different is that we have more kids and maybe what is the same is that we are still traveling WITH KIDS. Plus Biz has a spec...Show More
Ep. 311: Am I a Vending Machine? Plus Gender-Inclusive Sex Ed with Lisa Kenney

1:15:00 | Jul 11th

Biz and Theresa are back together again and wonder why we feel like vending machines. Maybe it's because we spend all day being the giver and taker-away of all good things. A child will relentlessly ask for stuff and we have to say "no" so many times...Show More
Ep. 310: So You Are Stranded On A Desert Island, Plus Author Meenal Patel

1:08:25 | Jun 27th

Biz and Theresa ponder the hardest question we have faced yet, “So, you are stranded on a desert island and you can only bring things your kids like. What do you bring?” Who will prove the greater survivor!? Plus Biz is probably having a wonderful ti...Show More
Ep. 309: Camp Mom!

57:25 | Jun 20th

Biz and Theresa are packing our bags for Camp Mom! Camp Mom…an exciting opportunity to save money and spend quality time with your children! It's as easy as staying up after the kids go to bed and outlining a syllabus of science, art, and movement ac...Show More
Ep. 308: No News Is Good News! Plus Trans and Queer Artist Noah Grigni

1:08:49 | Jun 6th

Biz and Theresa explore the pros and cons of our kids sharing good news with each other. “I know you got a goody bag at the party but how about you don’t tell your brother?” “I am so proud of you for your hard work on your project. You deserved the p...Show More
Ep. 307: The 11th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!

1:14:00 | May 30th

Summer. It's here! This week let's stop worrying about how to “do” summer with kids of all ages and instead kick back in the warming glow of listener Geniuses, Failures and Rants! You are all doing a great job! Check out our book! You're Doing A Grea...Show More
Ep. 306: We Are Gonna Play Till I Win! Plus, Intimacy Expert Dana B. Myers

1:13:06 | May 23rd

Biz and Theresa revisit board games and card games and delve into the ethical questions and lessons that arise. Do I let my kid win? If they realize they made a mistake, do I let them have a “do over” during the game? Do I teach one child to let anot...Show More
Ep. 305: Can We Still Claim Superbrain?

51:59 | May 16th

Biz and Theresa wonder if we can still claim Superbrain or if our brains are just broken now from all the continuous input. Is it a “natural” result to feel like we are failing at many things because our brains are learning so many new things? Plus, ...Show More
Ep. 304: Do You Let Your Kids Draw On You? Plus Emily Oster’s Data-Driven Guide

57:06 | May 9th

Biz and Theresa wonder if it’s “cool” to be drawn on by our kids. Do we set limits or are we totally broken and therefore willing to have a portrait of the cat drawn in sharpie on our faces if it means 10 minutes of silence? Plus Biz feels like an id...Show More
Ep. 303: Don’t Be A Jerk To Your Father! Plus Graphic Novelist Lucy Knisley

1:10:08 | May 2nd

Biz and Theresa wonder if we should stand up for our partners when our kids show a preference for us. “I don’t want Papa to take me!” “I love Mama more, it's just a fact.” We get that this is developmental in many ways but maybe, on those dark days, ...Show More
Ep. 302: Maybe I’m Actually Not Cool With That. Plus, Podcaster Zibby Owens

1:08:09 | Apr 25th

Biz and Theresa pat ourselves on the back for past parenting decisions only to realize that now, we’re not sure those choices were right. “They are just clothes. I won’t be mad if you play in them and they get dirty.” Fast forward a month….(internal ...Show More
Ep. 301: How Far Do I Let This Go? Plus Resilient Strength with Courtney Wyckoff

1:08:27 | Apr 18th

Biz and Theresa wonder how long we should let something go on that our kids are doing. It's easy enough to say “okay” to our child’s collection of rocks, but when are there too many rocks? At what point do we draw the line? Do we worry that peers wil...Show More
Ep. 300: We Turn 300! Let’s Reflect! Plus, "Cathy" Comic Strip Author Cathy Guisewite

1:12:20 | Apr 11th

Biz and Theresa celebrate our 300th episode! Wooooooooo! Who knew we’d have so much to talk about? Plus Biz smells a mystery, Theresa was sick and we talk to Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip about her new book Fifty Things That...Show More
Ep. 299: Magical Vessels. Plus, Southern Lady Code with Helen Ellis!

1:09:56 | Apr 4th

Biz and Theresa awaken to our true purpose as mothers and feel fulfilled and at peace…as nature intended. APRIL FOOLS! Plus Helen Ellis returns to talk about her new book, Southern Lady Code, a collection of personal essays. Follow Helen Ellis on Twi...Show More
Ep. 298: Sickness Scrambling! Plus, Sex Therapy with Moushumi Ghose

1:12:33 | Mar 27th

Biz and Theresa accept the horrible truth that with time and experience, having sick kids hasn’t gotten easier. Plus, we talk about sex with sex-positive therapist Moushumi Ghose. This is Week Two of the #MaxFunDrive and you can join or upgrade your ...Show More
Ep. 297: Can You Hold This For Me? Plus, Judy Greer!

1:12:42 | Mar 20th

Biz and Theresa get stuck holding the bag…and the water bottles, and the half eaten sandwich, and the “art” and the toddler. Where in all those parenting books did it warn us that there would be so much carrying? Perhaps it's less about the stuff and...Show More
Ep. 296: Scheduling Nightmares! Plus, Parenting Norms Throughout History with Jennifer Traig

1:10:39 | Mar 14th

Biz and Theresa discuss family scheduling. Once all of the basics are set, like school/daycare drop offs and pick ups, work, doctor appointments and groceries, adding extra activities like classes and play dates is enough to make us want to go out fo...Show More
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