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, for our main topic we take on the topic of kids and cursing. What the F*$k is with that?

Here we learn allllll sorts of surprising things about each other, our kids, and our own rules at home. While most parents aren’t exactly encouraging the kids to let F-bombs fly at school or church (or even at home), we found out that not all cursing is the same, and hey, it’s not even all bad. In fact there are some really surprising studies about the benefits of cursing.

(Not that we expect you to share them with your kids.)

So, where do you draw the line? Do you punish your kids for cursing? Are some words allowed but not others? Can your kids say Oh my God? And are they learning all kinds of stuff when you’re not around that you don’t even know this week? (Speaking of which, how did Liz’s brother learn the F-word when he was three?)

We think you’ll enjoy this very fun, and definitely R-rated, episode of Spawned.

We’ve even got a surprise bonus if you stick around to the end. You know, like the cool Pixar after-the-credits scenes? Only funnier.

(Top image: Three Wise Sock Monkeys via PeeWee’s Clay House on Etsy)

So what are you waiting for? You can listen to Spawned with Kristen + Liz right now by searching for Spawned on iTunes and opening it in your free iOS Podcast app. OR…hey! Let’s make it easier! You can listen via SoundCloud right now this very second from the handy little audio embed above.


Links from SPAWNED Episode 18

Moms get 17 minutes of free time daily

Danish mothers get 90 minutes of free time daily.

– Meagan Francis of The Happiest Home and Life, Listened podcast network has a great anecdote about rules about cursing in her home as a kid

– The FCC can no longer fine TV networks for cursing & nudity.

-The FCC’s Obscenity, Indecency, & Profanity F.A.Q

George Carlin’s original “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” (But you can say them now!)

Maroon 5’s Hit song: This Summer’s Gonna Hurt. (It’s the clean version.)

The Eagles song that freaked Liz out as a kid.

5 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Swearing

– BYU study: children who hear swear words are more aggressive

-Psychology Today study: Swear words have a cathartic effect

– The Association for Psychological Science: The use of swear words is not problematic and generally produces positive outcomes.

Kristen’s Cool Pick of the Week: Emily McDowell’s funny coffee mugs (with mild swearing).


T-We Tea with hilarious blends like Sexpot, Boobage (to support nursing), and Scandalous Manfriend

Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week: T-We Tea, single origin artisan teas with irreverent names, perfect for the holidays. (Photo via Cool Mom Picks Instagram)


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