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What do you do when your kids ask difficult questions about race, crayons, and culture? First, you make a playlist, then you call Angela Joy! Biz sits down with Angela to discuss her wonderful children's book Black is a Rainbow Color! Plus, Biz busts out some cake parenting. Get your copy of Black is a Rainbow Color here or anywhere books are sold.…
 
Is six months enough time to Sandra Dee yourself out of the pandemic blues? Renee Colvert of Can I Pet Your Dog? returns to talk reinvention, Delilah, and her new podcast My Pandemic Makeover Spectacular. Plus, Biz is riding the waves. Listen to Can I Pet Your Dog? and My Pandemic Makeover Spectacular wherever podcasts are found! Follow Renee on Tw…
 
If this ever-changing world that we live in makes you give in and cry, we got you! Biz and Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Parenting and Let Grow combine their might to free the world from the grip of judge-y magazine articles. Plus, Ellis stops by for a visit. Visit Let Grow's website! There you can learn more about the Let Grow Project, the Let Grow…
 
Why worry about 10,000 hours when 2 is fine? We talk old dogs and new tricks with Tom Vanderbilt, author of Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning. Plus, Biz asks, "Is fudge parenting a thing?" Get your copy of Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learningas well as Tom's other books here, or wherever bo…
 
Dust off your Bescherelle! Biz gets a taste of hot chocolate du Québec when Mary McCown returns to talk about her new children's book Wigglesworth in Lutinland. Plus, Biz is worried. Get your copy of Wigglesworth in Lutinland in hardcover or paperback. Visit Mary McCown's Facebook page for Wigglesworth in Lutinland here. Check out Theresa’s book! I…
 
Biz learns about the life-saving magic of... listening to your children? We talk with author Marlo Mack about her new Audible book based on her podcast How to Be A Girl. Plus, Biz is old. Get Marlo Mack's Audible Original, How to Be a Girl here. Listen to the How to Be a Girl podcast here. Visit Marlo's blog, gendermom, here. Check out Theresa’s bo…
 
We all have bodies!!! It’s true! We have a body, so let's get comfortable in it! Biz talks to author, illustrator Tyler Feder about her inclusive, body positive picture book for preschoolers, Bodies Are Cool! Plus, Biz enjoys her ramen and Theresa keeps her kid’s from learning what New Year’s Eve is all about…again. Get your copy of Dancing at the …
 
Biz and Theresa tell 2020 that we are all good on sacks of bananas, and are ready to ring in the Year Of Cake with the 5th Ever Holiday Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rant! Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold. Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting! is avail…
 
Biz talks with Kyle Lukoff about how to write the perfect picture book with a trans character. Hint: Make them a whole person who experiences the world. Plus, Biz touches her banjo in front of everyone. Get your copy of When Aidan Became a Brother and Kyle Lukoff's other wonderful books here. Visit Kyle's website and follow him on Twitter @Shekels_…
 
Biz ponders if she is more of the ham or the mustard of the sandwich generation. Adrienne Day joins to talk about her New York Times piece on the chaotic circle of caregiving. Plus, Biz is tired of all the help. Follow Adrienne Day on Twitter @adrienneday and on Instagram @adriennenyc. Find her on LinkedIn here. Read Adrienne's New York Times essay…
 
Biz is swimming in a sea of gender fluidity with rough waters ahead! Thanks to the gift of language, both of her kids are on a gender journey and Lisa Kenney, CEO of Reimagine Gender, returns to help Biz navigate a smooth ride. Plus OBMs are the best. Visit Reimagine Gender and Gender Spectrum for more information. Find Lisa Kenney at their LinkedI…
 
If you could go back in time to tell yourself something, what would it be and would you actually listen? I’d tell myself not to skip the dentist for those 5 years. Yikes. We talk to Chelsea Nina Ursin about her podcast Dear Young Rocker, plus Biz notices something different. Follow Chelsea Ursin and Dear Young Rocker on Twitter @RockerDear and on I…
 
Something is on fire! Check your pants! We talk to Deborah Goldstein of the podcast The Big Fib about lies, critical analysis, and dinosaurs. One of those things is a lie! Can you guess which? Plus, Biz is all alone! Follow Deborah Goldstein (@psandcs), The Big Fib Podcast (@BigFibPodcast), and Listen To Your Mother (@LTYMshow) on Twitter! Listen t…
 
You are never really alone because your college age kid is living in your basement thanks to Covid! It is probably going REALLY great. We talk to Annabelle Gurwitch about birds returning to the nest and finding some good out there with her podcast Tiny Victories. Plus Biz has something lurking in her pantry. Follow Annabelle Gurwitch on Twitter @LA…
 
We are 9 months into the pandemic! Are you feeling better about how to make a decision about anything? I’m definitely NOT feeling better. Who can help? An economist! We welcome back economist Emily Oster to talk about data based risk assessment during Covid. Plus Biz is disappointed. Follow Emily Oster on Twitter @ProfEmilyOster and on Instagram at…
 
Biz speaks with Todd Rennebohm about his new children’s book about living with depression while parenting. Having depression is normal and having kids is normal, but having both at the same time can be hard to explain to kids. Plus we recorded this episode before the election! Let’s see if our prediction was correct? (Our prediction was that we’d b…
 
Biz is joined by her sister, Helen Michelle, to take a spooky stroll down Halloween Memory Lane. Costumes made from raiding the parent’s closet, trick or treating while sick, and Halloween birthdays with guns. It ain’t like it use to be, which is probably for the better. Plus Biz discovers a new body in the booth. Follow Helen Ellis on Twitter @Wha…
 
Biz talks about the importance of diversity in people who run for office and the double standards that women, specifically, face. Surprise! That woman knows she has kids, you don’t have to ask her how she plans to juggle it all. We talk to the directors of the new documentary Surge, about women running for office, plus Biz discovers a gaping hole. …
 
Biz ponders the effects of the pandemic on parent’s stress. Hmmm…how to tell? All that crying in the bathroom may be a sign. We talk to therapist Lucy Rimalower about the mental health crisis facing parents. Plus Biz goes outside and Theresa stops by for a genius and fail. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wher…
 
Biz talks with Lyz Lenz about her new book, Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women. We get all riled up this week and for good reason. It turns out that as women, we are still not being given agency over our own bodies. We talk about cultural myths and how those influence how women's bodies are viewed, specifically pregnant women …
 
Biz is joined by creative director Mary Fagot to talk about her fertility and creative work. As we have always said, there are a lot of ways to get a kid in your house. Mary tells us how her daughter got into her house and what she learned along the way. She also gives us the scoop on a new educational program that she created with the band OK Go, …
 
Biz is joined by Deputy Editor of Working Mother, Audrey Goodson Kingo. We review the statistics on what the pandemic has done to working parents, specifically working mothers. It's not looking great for women in the workforce, but there is some good news about equity in the home. We are reminded that making choices is really hard right now and tha…
 
Biz talks to Eliza Skinner and Jordan Morris about the new show Earth to Ned on Disney+. We talk about how to create a children's show that also delights adults, the things that aliens and kids might actually have in common, and Eliza shares what it's like to not work with jerks. Plus, Biz can't stop giving it away. Follow Eliza on Twitter @elizask…
 
We asked you to send in your woos and you delivered! So, this week on a special Labor Day One Bad Mother bonus episode we present the first ever woo-tacular! Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever…
 
Biz is joined by illustrator and writer Shane Pangburn to talk about art, work and a baby during the pandemic. When your work is to be an artist, is it fun and games all the time or is it actually just a job? Shane tells us what it's like to have a baby in his house right now when half the baby's life has been lived in quarantine. Plus, school is c…
 
When you say "non-traditional parenting," do you mean like not dressing alike as a family? Biz is joined by Jaimie Kelton and Robin Hopkins from the podcast If These Ovaries Could Talk. We talk about all the different ways that kids arrive in our houses. Jaimie and Robin tell us some things they have learned about LGBTQ family planning and we get e…
 
Biz is joined by none other than her partner Stefan! Biz and Stefan dive into the topic of communication. How is communication different when I am in the house with my kids and partner all the time? It would be a lot easier if my family could just read my mind, but it turns out, they can't! How strange. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be…
 
Biz is joined by guest co-host Jade, host of the Black Plant Chick podcast, to talk house plants! Jade tells us the benefits of caring for plants during stressful times and gives us some suggestions on how to start. Even if your thumb isn't so green, there are still options for you. Plants, they won’t add more noise to your house. Follow Jade on In…
 
Biz is joined by podcaster and writer Margaret Ables to talk about survival mode. Are we surviving? Yes. Maybe? But are we really still supposed to be in survival mode after all this time or have we moved on to some kind of weird acceptance phase? Either way, we don't love it. Let's just have a snack and watch some trash TV instead? Follow Margaret…
 
This is Week Three of the #MaxFunDrive and you can join or upgrade your membership and get awesome thank-you gifts at maximumfun.org/join — AND WE THANK YOU. We are still here. So let’s feel a little better by listening to the second ever Pandemic Genius Spectacular plus Fails and Rants! Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is ava…
 
This is Week Two of the #MaxFunDrive and you can join or upgrade your membership and get awesome thank-you gifts at maximumfun.org/join — AND WE THANK YOU. Biz is joined by librarian extraordinaire Gwen Glazer to talk about the joys and misconceptions of being and having an only child. According to strangers on the street, your choice to have an on…
 
This is Week One of the #MaxFunDrive and you can join or upgrade your membership and get awesome thank-you gifts at maximumfun.org/join -- AND WE THANK YOU. Biz is joined by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen to unpack parenting and work in the time of Covid-19. Parents are being asked to do impossible things right now as we all try to figure out how …
 
Biz is joined again by special guest co-host Rebecca Blum to talk about all things stepparenting. Rebecca tells us about her journey becoming a Stepmom. What happens when kids show up in your house and you are suddenly a parent without any time to practice? Rebecca reminds us what we have already learned time and time again: be kind to each other b…
 
Biz is joined by guest co-host Rebecca Blum this week to talk about how our children see the future. What do our kids think adulthood will be like? We revisit the games we played as kids that fed our fantasies of life as grown ups. If life turned out like the game MASH, then we would all be married to our childhood crushes and live in mansions. Do …
 
Biz and Theresa would like for everyone to stop touching us. Everyone is regressing during the pandemic, which we understand, but also, we don't like it! Our kids have to be on our bodies at all times and sometimes we just want them to leave us alone. Plus, Biz is the jacks master, Theresa is back, and we talk with Lydia Elle about helping our kids…
 
Biz is joined by author and activist Anastasia Higginbotham to talk about how to discuss deeply uncomfortable topics with our kids. Would you rather try to get your toddler to wear mittens or would you rather talk with your kid about death? Let's be honest, both are difficult things to do, but one may be the real parenting job. Anastasia’s books co…
 
Biz is joined in the virtual studio by James Arthur M., host of Maximum Fun's Minority Korner podcast. We talk about ways in which parents can educate our kids to be anti-racists. We are on the front lines of human rights activism by teaching our children about equity and equality. Follow James on his website at mjamesarthur.com and on Twitter @Jam…
 
Biz is joined by Renee Colvert, from Can I Pet Your Dog? We start the show off and end with a reflection on the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in from the continued threat of the pandemic to the centuries long threat of injustice towards people of color. As parent, we are on the front lines to teach our children to understand the issues …
 
Summer is here. While there is a lot that we cannot do right now, we can sit back and bask in the warmth of the Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold. Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are…
 
Biz and Theresa talk about trying. Whether it's art projects, quality time, walks outside or just keeping everyone safe and fed, we try and try and try. We want to make things fun for our kids, and then it blows up in our faces. Trying is really hard!! Plus, Biz wears an Ellis suit, Theresa is back again, and we speak with Angela Siefer about digit…
 
Biz is joined by guest co-host Drea Clark, producer, film festival programmer, and podcaster. We discuss how motherhood is portrayed in the movies, from the effortless high-heel wearing mothers of the 50's and 60's, to the outright terrible mothers in horror films, and the surprising representation in action movies. Drea gives us a movie mom watch …
 
Biz and Theresa want to know when all this will be over. Are we there yet?? In this stay-at-home "journey," all we want to know is, how close are we to being done with this? Just like a road trip to Grandma's house, we want to know how many more songs we need to play until this trip is complete. Plus, Biz is wallowing, Theresa is back, and we talk …
 
Biz is joined by guest co-host Renee Culvert from the podcast, Can I Pet Your Dog? How does COVID-19 affect how we interact with other people's animals? What does it look like to have a dog during this time? Plus, Biz feels normal, we miss Theresa, and we talk with Bess Kalb about her new book, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. Follow Bess on Twitt…
 
Biz and Theresa revisit an old college drinking game with a new parenting-during-a-pandemic spin. Never have I ever allowed my children to climb all over me while I eat dinner. "Drink!" We find ourselves doing things differently during this not-normal time, for the better and the worse. Plus, Biz marks the passage of time and Theresa loves Jesse. C…
 
Biz and Theresa are reminded that this isn't actually normal, even if sometimes our brains try to trick us into thinking that it is. Why is this so hard? Oh yeah...this is absolutely not normal! Also, we are not really doing "fine." It is helpful to acknowledge that and to remember that we are all doing a good job during this very not-normal time. …
 
Biz and Theresa ask a very important question: How are you? No, really...how are you? We dedicate the entire topic to exploring this question that, although never has a simple answer, has become even more complicated. Have we figured out how to homeschool? Is there crying in homeschool? Have we figured out our routines? Is crying part of the routin…
 
Biz and Theresa ponder how the “stay at home” order really amps up the idea that when things go wrong for our kids, it is “ALL YOUR FAULT!!!” “Why didn’t you tell me there was an art assignment? Even though I saw everything you did, you should have told me!” Can we just reply, “We didn’t tell you because we want to ruin your life?” The extra patien…
 
Biz and Theresa find ourselves in a familiar place: we need help but feel overwhelmed by ALL the “help.” Social distancing and stay at home orders, closed schools and working from home….yep…everything we ever discussed on the show just got dialed up to eleven. Plus, Biz has a list and Theresa is at home in the world. Suicide Prevention Hotline: Cal…
 
With most of us confined to our homes and the MaxFunDrive placed on hold, Biz and Theresa drop everything this week to recognize as many of your awesome pandemic-related genius moments as possible. Together we recognize the struggle, accept that it won’t be pretty but it will be something, remember to take the good ideas when they come, and remembe…
 
Biz and Theresa talk about what it is REALLY like when we are home all day with the kids…or better yet…the whole family. Be it a weekend, a sick day, school breaks…summer…it seems like a fun idea in theory but there are a LOT of hours in a day. A lot. Sleep isn’t even safe. Plus, Biz is scared of an uncertain future, Theresa is on edge, and we talk…
 
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