Category: Podcast

Moms and me-time (or lack thereof), and kids and cursing: A juicy Episode 18 of Spawned

We think you parents are really going to like this episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz, in which we talk about moms and me-time and why we can’t ever seem to get enough of it, especially in the US. Also, what is wrong with us when we think taking a shower qualifies as me-time? Or when Liz gets a day off and thinks, “hey! I can organize the bookshelves!” Nope. No way. We’re moving to Denmark where they get a ton more free time on average each day and we can watch more Netflix and read more books. Then,...

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What manners do kids need to know?

Here’s hoping Emily Post doesn’t roll over in her grave after our discussion about kids and manners on today’s episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. We share which manners are important to us: Please and Thank You, yes. Using Mrs. Last Name for every single adult they meet...well, not so much. Sort of. Turns out this topic is pretty complex and nuanced and we’d love you to weigh in with your own do’s and don’ts for kids. And, if you want to laugh, we get into what seems to be our annual rant about Halloween costumes for kids. Why so pink? Why...

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Letting kids fight their own battles: Should parents intervene?

Do you let your kids handle their own battles, or do you step in to help? Or, gulp, do you fight the battles for them? On this week’s episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz tackle this pretty sticky parenting question and offer some solid approaches for how to determine when to step in and when to stay out. On a lighter note, Liz shares a story about her dad bringing his own maple syrup to a restaurant that sounds like it’s right out of a Seinfeld episode! We’re sure you’ve got a little something to say about people bringing their own...

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Letting your kids play outside alone or walk to school: Is it bad for kids, or just bad for parents?

Do you let your kid walk to school alone? Or to the park? Or to the neighbor’s house to play? But more importantly, have you ever let your kid go out alone…and lied about it for fear of repercussion?  Today on the latest Episode of Spawned, Kristen and Liz have a lively discussion about just what the heck is going on in today’s world.  Has “it takes a village” given way to “it takes a village of paranoid strangers with CPS on speed dial?” And who the heck is writing all these playground safety rules these days? Clearly this one gets us...

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Should you pay your kids for chores? Ohhhh the various opinions.

Sometimes we agree on topics, sometimes we disagree, and sometimes we just figure it out as we talk it out. Sometimes, it’s all three! Which is in part why we think you’ll really enjoy this week’s discussion on the Spawned podcast about kids’ and chores. How do we get our children to do more around the house? Should we pay them or offer other incentives? What do the experts say? And do Kristen’s kids really clean the toilets? Because, whoa. Liz is impressed. Plus, we have a fun discussion about the insane names we mayyyy (ahem) use for other parents in our phone’s address...

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Kids and activities: When to start, when to stop, and everything in between

With school starting, that means activities are starting up too, and both of us are a little overwhelmed about what to do with our own kids. (Also, Minecraft isn’t necessarily considered a viable skill that will get them a college scholarship. Or is it?) If you’ve ever had questions about activities for kids — when to start, when to stop, why do they cost so much, what do the experts say about overscheduling, we’re talking about it today on SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. Plus, Liz finds data about the weirdest Google searches by state (Alaska, why so obsessed with Nicholas Cage?), and...

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Should every kid get a trophy?

This week’s outrage du jour is brought to you by football star James Harrison and his now controversial Instagram photo in which he threatened to take away his kids’ participation trophies. So of course we tackle (puns! puns!) this controversial stance on today’s SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. Also, you’ve got to hear which trophy Liz really wants on her mantle. You can also subscribe to Spawned on iTunes and listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. Have you left us a review or rating yet? Please do! It helps other people find our podcast, and well, it just makes us...

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Target removes boy and girl toy signs, Internet implodes.

Geez, Target! Change a few signs in your store and you blow up the whole entire Internet! In the past, we’ve discussed our issues with labeling girls toys vs. boys toys,  as opposed to just calling them, oh…you know. BLOCKS. And DOLLS. Well, apparently Target has been listening to our podcast (ha) because when they revealed their plans to remove gender-based signs from Target stores, the bigger surprise was some of the negative response. Aw, Internet Outrage. You’re so entertaining. Catch our thoughts on the oddly controversial news, plus more fun chat on this week’s SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. You’ll feel like you’re hanging out right here around...

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Spawned Episode 10: Escape from Caillou

If you need a break from all child-media, ooh, you’re in for a treat today! Check out our newest extra-special, slightly (okay, very) R-rated episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz this week on Soundcloud right now. Or, subscribe to Spawned on iTunes and listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. You just might make sure kids are out of the room for this one, or you’ve got your headphones on. We were a little punchy for this one.   Links from SPAWNED Episode 10 Lenny Kravitz’s big accident on stage. Oops. This is awesome: Steven Tyler’s...

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Spawned Episode 9: You Are Not a Crappy Parent

This week on SPAWNED, we talk about sending our oldest daughters off to sleepaway camp, the good, the bad, and the hilarious. And wow, we’ve gotten so many amazing emails from our listeners thanking us for giving you new-ish parents hope that it does get better — so we thought we’d share our own newborn stories and advice for surviving these years. Hope our walk down postpartum, leaky boobed, sleep-deprived memory lane can help you! And as always, we close the show with our cool picks of the week, which includes a funny discussion about adult popsicles. Hmmmmm. Take a listen right now to SPAWNED...

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Spawned Episode 8: “You let us watch death, mom!”

Don’t be afraid of the title of our most recent episode of SPAWNED. To be fair, Kristen did let her kids watch death, or as you might know it, The Princess Bride. It actually led to a very lively discussion about kids and media. How do you know what to let your kids watch and when? And why are we so much more freaked out about some things than our parents were? Plus, we share a few of our online dating stories and quiz each other on our Dating Instant No’s which we actually disagreed on! We’d love for you to take the quiz...

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Spawned Episode 7: Kale, no.

On our newest episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz, we’re chatting about Liz’s some-number high school reunion (her stories are hilarious) and we discuss a few surprising benefits of turning 40. Then, we tackle the tough topic of picky eaters, sharing ten of the extremely confusing and sometimes contradictory rules from experts about dealing with it — along with some of our own techniques which may or may not be working all that well. Ah, parenting!   Take a listen here: Or go right to Spawned on iTunes or listen via the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device.   Links from SPAWNED Episode 7...

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SPAWNED Episode 7 (because we skipped 6): PANTIES. AGAIN.

We know, we know, we’re talking about panties again on our latest SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz podcast episode. But this time, it’s literal grown-up panties at the request of a listener, not metaphorical ones like we did a couple of weeks ago. We chat about whether kids seem to be growing up too soon these days, plus as always, our cool picks of the week. Take a listen here: Or go right to Spawned on iTunes or listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. Links from SPAWNED Episode 7 (because we skipped 6) So, upon listener...

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SPAWNED Episode 5: Girls Toys vs. Boys Toys.

It’s that time of the week! Our newest episode of SPAWNED with Kristen + Liz is live, and it’s a fun one. Well, we think they all, are but we had a really good time with this one in particular. Join us as we talk (and yes, rant a little) about summer birthdays and why it’s okay to be a total Type B mom in the birthday planning department. Then we take on the whole girls toys vs. boys toys premise, which bugs the heck out of us, as our regular readers know by now. Fortunately we can laugh about it. A lot. We even came...

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SPAWNED Episode 4: Grownup Panties

We’ve got our newest episode of SPAWNED with Kristen + Liz up today! And first we want to thank you for all the support. It’s been so nice seeing your emails, your tweets, your comments, and your kind reviews. Some not even from our own parents. This week, we’re talking about email etiquette and some of our own pet peeves. Note: Please don’t send us angry emails, Comic Sans fans. Or can you at least send them in Helvetica? We’re also answering our first listener question from dad James, who’s having some serious playdate problems. We’ve been there, so we discuss...

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Spawned Episode 3: Boobage

It only took us three episodes to talk about boobs, which led to our first explicit rating for it. Aw, new milestone! In this episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz, we chat about bathing suit shopping (ugh) and the crazy things people say to Kristen when she’s out with her four kids (and well, to all parents, no matter how many kids they have). Liz is still kind of floored. Bonus: Liz schools Kristen on the correct use of the word schlep. You’ll hear why.   And we just wanted to add that we’ve been so thrilled and touched by your response to our SPAWNED...

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Spawned Episode 2: There Will Be Blood!

First, we need to thank you all so so much for being so supportive of our new podcast. To see it jump to #1 in the Kids + Family category on iTunes, well…we were floored. And we appreciate every one of the very nice reviews and ratings. Wow, we love our listeners. Next: Don’t worry, no one got hurt in the making of our 2nd episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. Our headline is referring to our Cool Mom Eats Twitter bio that launched us into a whole discussion about parenting and pop culture and then, well, you’ll just need...

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Welcome to SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz! Our new podcast on Panoply, and hopefully soon, on your tablet or phone.

You guys! We’re so excited to announce the launch of our new parenting podcast, SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. We’re honored to be the newest addition to Slate’s truly fantastic Panoply network,which you can find on iTunes, Stitcher, and playing on a loop in our homes. Just a couple of months ago we were talking about how much we love being guests on various talk shows, radio shows, and yes, podcasts, that maybe we should have our own. How fun would that be? We love listening to our favorite podcasts while we’re driving, while we’re working out, while we’re trying to avoid working out… you...

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