As it turns out, Evangeline Lilly is not just an Orc-defeating Tolkien elf, badass desert island survivor, or quantum realm-traveling Marvel superhero. She is also a super cool mom, and author of the darkly comic, wonderfully inventive new young reader series, the Squickerwonkers.

So uh…she’s busy. But she still found time to sit down with us for a super fun interview on this week’s Spawned Parenting Podcast.

At Bookcon: photo via @thesquickerwonkers on Instagram

We’re talking parenting, social media, privacy, work-life balance (and what she gives up to try to get it), Scottish accents (hers is better than ours), our favorite children’s authors, and so much more.

PS Note the sound of kids running around in the background.  Celebrity moms: They’re just like us!

PPS We love how she says “Cool Mom Picks.” Can you tell she’s from Canada?

Tune in right here right now.

Listen for: 
-The one time she thinks she went too far with protecting her son’s privacy.
-The best ever rule for tweens + teens using instagram.
-What she’s given up to try and find more balance.
-What she’s learned from men, that women could try to do better.
-What inspired her to write her new book series.
-Why we need to let kids read dark cautionary tales right along with all the happy ending stories.

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Links from our show 

The Squickewonkers: the darkly humorous new young readers book series by Evangeline Lilly

On Amazon (affiliate) you can find The Squickerwonkers Act I: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled in preparation for the second book, The Squickerwonkers, Act 2: Lorna the Lazy. This series about a traveling troop of marionettes who teach naughty kids important lessons is a little Grimm-meets-Oz-meets-Seuss, with some Edward Gorey and Lemony Snickett thrown in.

Learn more on The Squickerwonkers website

You can also find the books on Audible and iTunes — she narrates the first three herself.

Ant Man and the Wasp — if you haven’t seen it, WHAT? SEE IT NOW.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Twitter thread about protecting his son from smartphone cameras.

The One Thing is the book that she read kind of accidentally that helped her figure out balance in new ways.


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Our Cool Picks of the Week

Cool pick: Sex Education on Netflix

Evangeline: She loves Sex Education on Netflix, a British comedic series about an awkward high school student grappling with his own sexual issues, while living with his mom (played by Gillian Anderson) who happens to be a sex therapist.


Pillow App for Apple Watch helps you compare mood and general well-being with quality of sleep

Liz:  Pillow Sleep Tracker app for Apple Watch (or iPhone) is helping her connect her moods and well-being to the quality of sleep she’s getting each night.


40 weeks for me: The Facebook community helping moms dedicate the time to themselves that it took to make a baby

Kristen:  #40WeeksForMe is the new Facebook community from Jill Krause that encourages parents to take the same length of time with ourselves and our own self-care, as we did to grow a baby.

Cool Podcast of the Week

Selfie Podcast covers self-help in one of the most fun ways you can imagine

The Selfie podcast, from our friends and bloggers Sarah James and Kristen Howerton is a great listen. Sarah’s a lifestyle blogger and self-help aficionado and she’s joined by her BFF Kristen Howerton, a writer and psychotherapist to tackle the tricky and often elusive aspects of caring for ourselves. Their weekly conversations explore questions like: Why don’t I eat the way I should? How do I get enough sleep? What aspects of my personality make self-care tricky? And what’s the best way to deal with pubic hair? Yes, they go there.

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