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 books — please tell us it’s not just us. And as always, we’ve got each of our cool picks of the week.

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Links from SPAWNED Episode 14

The funny names in parents’ address books

“Swiping right”

New York Family’s interview with Ron Lieber, finance columnist for The New York Times and author of The Opposite of Spoiled.

Dave Ramsey suggests paying a commision for chores but no allowance.

-From the WSJ: Should allowance be tied to chores?

– Lots of cool chore charts, some of them completely free.

– The Marble Jar technique for managing screen time


Bounty Minion Paper Towels: Subversive way to get kids to use cloth towels instead!

Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week: Smorgasburg Brooklyn Flea Food Market

Kristen’s Cool Pick of the Week: Minion paper towels, and not for the reason you think


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