Fair warning: This episode may really make you miss your IRL get togethers with your favorite mom friends, because that is exactly what this conversation with Dr. Janice Johnson Dias feels like. We knew that talking to Janice would be helpful, but to be honest, we had no idea it be so funny, so honest, so inspiring, and just so nourishing!

(Also a little NSFW if you have little ones around — as you might have guessed from the headline here. Hey, it’s her favorite word and we don’t blame her.)

While you may know her best as mom of Marley Dias, the teen founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, Janice is pretty incredible in her own right, and is the author of the brand new Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls,which is just out today. Find it from our affiliates Amazon, Indiebound, or your local bookseller.

Janice Johnson Dias on parenting with joy and intention, raising change-makers, and avoiding the f*ckery of life! Spawned Parenting Podcast

You’re going to want to grab a copy for sure. But for a teaser, take a listen right now to her thoughts she shares with us on raising great kids, helping them pursue their passions, not trying to live through your children (ahem), the difference between joy and happiness, making your own space for your own passions, and setting your intentions.

This show is just packed with tons of fantastic, funny, real-world parenting tips (and fail confessions! ) that will really make you feel good about where you are as a parent. Enjoy!

You can listen to this chat right here, or through your favorite podcast app, and be sure to subscribe to Spawned on Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode. And thanks so much for taking the time to leave nice reviews! We really appreciate this support.

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