One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother
A comedy podcast about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren’t all magical vessels! Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging, and more laughing.

338: Enjoying Parenthood In Waves
Jan 23 • 58 min
Biz and Theresa hang ten as we ride the waves of parenthood enjoyment. Is it something that is out of our control or do we have the power to control the tides? More importantly, can we use MORE wave metaphors? Yes. Plus Biz wonders if a witness…
337: It’s Your Fault I’m Upset! Plus, Love Poems with John Kenney
Jan 16 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa talk about a thing that keeps happening where our six-year-olds are going along, having The Best Day Ever, and then suddenly something switches and they decide their day is ruined and it is all Mama’s fault. Sure, our…
336: Stuck on Bandages
Jan 9 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa take turns RIPPING the bandage of trust off our children. Plus, Biz believes there are two types of people in the world and Theresa has frozee toezees! Check out Theresa’s new book! is available now wherever books are sold. Our…
335: The 4th Holiday Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants
Jan 2 • 74 min
Let’s celebrate the decade with our 4th Ever HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants show …take that 20-teens! No matter how much you loved or hated the last 10 years, let’s bask in the glory of how we are all killing it, in good and bad…
334: It’s Cute…Till It Isn’t. Plus, Parenting Research with Jen Lumanlan
Dec 19, 2019 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the age old concept: “It’s cute, till it isn’t.” Be it singing or asking questions or adorable bedtime routines, it’s all cute…till it isn’t. Does it stop being cute with time? When we’re out of patience?…
333: Stuffed Animals
Dec 12, 2019 • 47 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the existential questions surrounding stuffed animals. How many are too many? Do they have souls? If we throw them away will they curse us? Plus Biz has an update and Theresa stops. Check out Theresa’s new book! is…
332: Apologies. Plus, Alli Harper of OurShelves
Dec 5, 2019 • 80 min
Biz and Theresa explore apologies. Is saying “I’m sorry” enough or is it more important for kids to learn from their mistakes and accept responsibility for hurting someone else? Can apologizing also be used as an excuse for not wanting to try…
331: Weird Sh*t Adults Do At Family Gatherings
Nov 27, 2019 • 56 min
In preparation for the holidays Biz and Theresa think about all the weird shit adults do to kids at family gatherings. From pulling coins out from behind your ear to the old “pull my finger” bit, it’s all reflective of the fact that adults…
330: Sunday Sunday, Oh Sh*t Tomorrow’s Monday! Plus, Carvell Wallace on Parenting and Fred Rogers
Nov 21, 2019 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa continue our “days of the week” series in which we complain about each day of the week. This time our target is Sunday. What was once a day of rest and recovery is now a day of chaos and exhaustion. Is Sunday the new Friday? Plus for…
329: That Was Rude! Plus, Sarah Bowen on the Problems with Home Cooking
Nov 14, 2019 • 70 min
Theresa is out sick with the pukes, so the lovely Renee Colvert, of Can I Pet Your Dog podcast, returns as our guest co-host. We explore the art of rudeness in children and dogs. Both can leave a mess on the floor at a guest’s house and both generate…
328: Let’s Go Out To Eat
Nov 7, 2019 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa have a little whine with our dinner and poke fun at some of the “child friendly” offerings at restaurants. Of course we should have realistic expectations when eating out with our kids, but really, that grilled cheese is too fancy…
327: Correct Me If I’m Wrong. Plus, Hacking the Breast Pump Again with Catherine D’Ignazio and Jenn Roberts
Oct 31, 2019 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the purpose of correcting our kids when they’re wrong…about cute things like saying “Starblocks” instead of “Starbucks.” Will it sort itself out? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the harder thing to correct the…
326: Truth Or Dare? Plus, Our New Best Friend Alison Rosen
Oct 24, 2019 • 78 min
In this Halloween episode, Biz and Theresa revisit the classic slumber party game, truth or dare? Are we “truth” people or “dare” people? Why did we love playing this game so much and would we still enjoy it now? Plus, Biz talks and talks, Theresa has…
325: Is The Internet My Village? Plus, Working Mothers with Katherine Goldstein
Oct 17, 2019 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if and how our use of the internet in relation to parenting has changed. Looking up “rash” is never a good idea, but is looking up “dangers of social media” any better? However, we also find communities and support on…
324: There Is A Limit To My Power. Plus, The Myth of Equal Partnership with Dr. Darcy Lockman
Oct 10, 2019 • 83 min
Biz and Theresa explore the limits of our power as parents. Kids have pretty big ideas about what we can do and it’s a life lesson learned that we can’t take them to Ancient Egypt to dine with cats. But what about the more realistic needs and wishes…
323: Hiding! Plus, Comedian Jessica Delfino
Oct 3, 2019 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa discover that there is more to hide than just our feelings. The “good candy” also needs to be hidden! What did you hide as a kid and what did your parents hide from you? Plus Biz is living the impossible dream, Theresa is tired and…
Ep 322: Is It Instinct Or An Excuse? Plus, How To Stop Losing Our Sh*t With Dr. Carla Naumburg
Sep 26, 2019 • 85 min
Biz and Theresa talk about when to trust our instincts. Is there really a danger that we need to heed or are we just not up for a parenting challenge at the moment? Plus Biz is trying to be “ok with it,” Theresa gets help and we welcome back Dr. Carla…
321: LIVE from Boston: He Who Smelt It Is Probably Mom!
Sep 19, 2019 • 78 min
We are LIVE from WBUR’s CitySpace in Boston this week as Biz and Theresa explore the range of smells that come with being a parent. From the delightful smell of a newborn’s head to the less pleasant diaper genie, we talk about the good, the bad and…
320: If Only I Could Be In A Minor Accident. Plus Graphic Novelist Nidhi Chanani
Sep 12, 2019 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa confess to fantasizing about receiving a minor injury in order to get a break, but that quickly dissolves into a conversation about how fucked up that is. Is it actually worse to ask, or gasp…tell the people in our lives we need a…
319: The 12th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants
Sep 5, 2019 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa celebrate the end of summer with the traditional playing of the calls! Let’s all take a minute to remember that we are all doing a great and horrible job and that we are getting really good at this. We are coming to Boston for a live…
318: Would You Rather? Plus, Maternal Health and Fact-Checking with Nnekay
Aug 29, 2019 • 78 min
Biz and Theresa challenge each other to a game of “Would You Rather.” Would you rather get more sleep or time with your friends? Ok, we didn’t ask that one, but it is a good one! Plus Biz is escaping, Theresa has a case of the nerves and we talk…
317: You Weren’t Listening! Plus, Adoption Representation with Nefertiti Austin
Aug 22, 2019 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa wonder, if a parent talks in the kitchen, does anybody hear them? We realize that no matter how much we burn energy telling our kids important information about the day’s schedule or expectations, our kids aren’t listening. “You…
One Bad Mother, Episode 316: Parenting with Chronic Pain, Plus NYTimes Parenting Editor Jessica Grose
Aug 15, 2019 • 72 min
Biz is missing this week, so Theresa is joined by her partner Jesse Thorn to talk about parenting with migraine headaches. What does parenting look like while also dealing with a serious medical condition and how does that affect our parenting…
315: When I Grow Up, I’m Going To Be A Self!
Aug 8, 2019 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa pick up where we left off on last week’s show and explore the sensation of “playing self” instead of being a self. Is the book on my nightstand going to be read or is it a prop to create the illusion of self care? What about that…
314: I Feel Like I Work Here, But I Don’t Feel Like I Live Here. Plus, Elizabeth Gilbert!
Aug 1, 2019 • 80 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the growing sensation that it feels like we work here but it doesn’t feel like we live here. “Here” meaning any state of existence where we can stop thinking about everything and everyone’s needs but our own. Oh yeah,…
313: Revisiting Sleep. Do You Have Enough Now?
Jul 25, 2019 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa revisit sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…huh?…..We’re awake! But are we rested? HA HA HA! How has sleep changed now that our kids are older and we have more kids? Even though it is no longer like the early days of “having an infant” lack…
312: Still Traveling With Kids! Plus, Princess Hair with Heather Burris
Jul 18, 2019 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa are still traveling with kids. We explore how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. Maybe what’s different is that we have more kids and maybe what is the same is that we are still traveling WITH KIDS. Plus Biz has a…
311: Am I a Vending Machine? Plus Gender-Inclusive Sex Ed with Lisa Kenney
Jul 11, 2019 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa are back together again and wonder why we feel like vending machines. Maybe it’s because we spend all day being the giver and taker-away of all good things. A child will relentlessly ask for stuff and we have to say “no” so many times…
310: So You Are Stranded On A Desert Island, Plus Author Meenal Patel
Jun 27, 2019 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the hardest question we have faced yet, “So, you are stranded on a desert island and you can only bring things your kids like. What do you bring?” Who will prove the greater survivor!? Plus Biz is probably having a…
309: Camp Mom!
Jun 20, 2019 • 57 min
Biz and Theresa are packing our bags for Camp Mom! Camp Mom…an exciting opportunity to save money and spend quality time with your children! It’s as easy as staying up after the kids go to bed and outlining a syllabus of science, art, and movement…
308: No News Is Good News! Plus Trans and Queer Artist Noah Grigni
Jun 6, 2019 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa explore the pros and cons of our kids sharing good news with each other. “I know you got a goody bag at the party but how about you don’t tell your brother?” “I am so proud of you for your hard work on your project. You…
307: The 11th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!
May 30, 2019 • 74 min
Summer. It’s here! This week let’s stop worrying about how to “do” summer with kids of all ages and instead kick back in the warming glow of listener Geniuses, Failures and Rants! You are all doing a great job! Check out our book! Thank you…
306: We Are Gonna Play Till I Win! Plus, Intimacy Expert Dana B. Myers
May 23, 2019 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa revisit board games and card games and delve into the ethical questions and lessons that arise. Do I let my kid win? If they realize they made a mistake, do I let them have a “do over” during the game? Do I teach one child to let…
305: Can We Still Claim Superbrain?
May 16, 2019 • 51 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if we can still claim Superbrain or if our brains are just broken now from all the continuous input. Is it a “natural” result to feel like we are failing at many things because our brains are learning so many new things?…
304: Do You Let Your Kids Draw On You? Plus Emily Oster’s Data-Driven Guide
May 9, 2019 • 57 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if it’s “cool” to be drawn on by our kids. Do we set limits or are we totally broken and therefore willing to have a portrait of the cat drawn in sharpie on our faces if it means 10 minutes of silence? Plus Biz feels like…
303: Don’t Be A Jerk To Your Father! Plus Graphic Novelist Lucy Knisley
May 2, 2019 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if we should stand up for our partners when our kids show a preference for us. “I don’t want Papa to take me!” “I love Mama more, it’s just a fact.” We get that this is developmental in many ways but maybe, on those…
302: Maybe I’m Actually Not Cool With That. Plus, Podcaster Zibby Owens
Apr 25, 2019 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa pat ourselves on the back for past parenting decisions only to realize that now, we’re not sure those choices were right. “They are just clothes. I won’t be mad if you play in them and they get dirty.” Fast forward a…
301: How Far Do I Let This Go? Plus Resilient Strength with Courtney Wyckoff
Apr 18, 2019 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa wonder how long we should let something go on that our kids are doing. It’s easy enough to say “okay” to our child’s collection of rocks, but when are there too many rocks? At what point do we draw the line? Do we worry that…
300: We Turn 300! Let’s Reflect! Plus, “Cathy” Comic Strip Author Cathy Guisewite
Apr 11, 2019 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa celebrate our 300th episode! Wooooooooo! Who knew we’d have so much to talk about? Plus Biz smells a mystery, Theresa was sick and we talk to Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the “Cathy” comic strip about her new book Fifty…
299: Magical Vessels. Plus, Southern Lady Code with Helen Ellis!
Apr 4, 2019 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa awaken to our true purpose as mothers and feel fulfilled and at peace…as nature intended. APRIL FOOLS! Plus Helen Ellis returns to talk about her new book, Southern Lady Code, a collection of personal essays. Follow Helen Ellis…
298: Sickness Scrambling! Plus, Sex Therapy with Moushumi Ghose
Mar 27, 2019 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa accept the horrible truth that with time and experience, having sick kids hasn’t gotten easier. Plus, we talk about sex with sex-positive therapist Moushumi Ghose. This is Week Two of the #MaxFunDrive and you can join or upgrade your…
297: Can You Hold This For Me? Plus, Judy Greer!
Mar 20, 2019 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa get stuck holding the bag…and the water bottles, and the half eaten sandwich, and the “art” and the toddler. Where in all those parenting books did it warn us that there would be so much…
296: Scheduling Nightmares! Plus, Parenting Norms Throughout History with Jennifer Traig
Mar 14, 2019 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa discuss family scheduling. Once all of the basics are set, like school/daycare drop offs and pick ups, work, doctor appointments and groceries, adding extra activities like classes and play dates is enough to make us want to go…
295: Food And The Lies We Tell…Live from Portland!
Mar 7, 2019 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa wonder how spiritually corrupt we are what with all the lying to our kids in order to get them to eat. Probably not very corrupt. Plus Biz and Theresa are live from Portland with special guest and all around rad dad, Chris Routly!…
294: Protecting Our Kids’ Confidence With Lies. Plus, ‘To Black Parents’ Author Janet Stickmon
Feb 28, 2019 • 62 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if answering honestly is the right thing to do when our kids ask questions like, “Do I overreact?” Or should we lie, lie, lie so as not to shatter their confidence? Plus Biz and Theresa are excited about our trip, and we…
293: I’m An Emotional Sponge
Feb 21, 2019 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa discuss being emotional sponges. Even if totally stationary, we are somehow able to reach maximum absorption. So how does one go about getting a good squeezing? How can a parent tell when to step back and when to step in when our kids…
292: Maturity…Whatever That Means! Plus, Parental Inequality with Amy Westervelt
Feb 14, 2019 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa try to answer the question posed by many kids looking to have more freedom, “What’s a kid gotta do to get mature around here?” We often tell our kids that when they are “more mature” they will get more responsibility, but…
291: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same! Plus, Author Jodie Patterson
Feb 7, 2019 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa explore the idea that the more things change the more they stay the same. What we discover is, that just means that parenting is still happening…always. Plus Biz got a little something, time keeps marching on for Theresa and we talk…
290: It’s Weird When Someone Else Is There! Plus, Environmental Activist Mary DeMocker
Jan 31, 2019 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa discuss how confident we feel in our parenting choices…that is until someone else is suddenly there, watching! Maybe it’s at the dinner table or in the car, we have worked hard to make these places the perfect balance of controlled…
Ep 289: Mom Hair Detangled
Jan 24, 2019 • 57 min
Biz and Theresa try to define “mom hair.” Simple? Practical? Low maintenance? Inevitable disappointment when it doesn’t make us look like we don’t have kids? We can agree that calling it “mom hair” is just another way to insult moms. Plus…
288: I Want It! Plus, Feminist Author Kate Schatz
Jan 17, 2019 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa are hearing a lot of the phrase: I want it! What do we say to our kids when they have a “case of the gimmes” or are constantly telling us about all the stuff they want? In theory, a simple, “No, you can’t have that,” should be…
287: Togetherness! Is There Anything We Like Doing As A Family? Plus Podcasters Manoush Zomorodi & Jen Poyant
Jan 10, 2019 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa ask the big question…is there anything we like doing together as a family? Togetherness, a word that goes hand in hand with family and yet, in practice, seems hard to achieve (unless you count everyone sleeping in the same house as…
286: The 3rd Ever Holiday Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants
Jan 3, 2019 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa kiss 2018 goodbye with our 3rd ever HOLIDAY genius fail spectacular plus rants show….take that 2018! It’s time to sit back and be reminded that none of us are alone and that somebody is always forgetting their wallet in their other…
285: I Can’t Find It! I’ve Looked Everywhere!
Dec 20, 2018 • 49 min
Biz and Theresa explore our feelings about being the designated Finder of Things at home. How can we help our kids learn to keep track of their own sh*t? Especially when we’ve probably secretly thrown at least 25% of it in the trash when they…
284: Where Are We On The Mom-o-meter?
Dec 13, 2018 • 50 min
Biz and Theresa check in on how “mom-like” we are feeling lately. What makes us really feel like a mom? Let’s go ahead and say it isn’t clothing or van based. Plus Biz is reminded that Christmas specials are messed up too, and…
283: Would You Want Another Parent to Tell You if Your Kid Did Something Not Great? Plus, Happiness with KJ Dell’Antonia
Dec 6, 2018 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the question, “Would we want another parent to tell us if our kid was being not-so-great?” On the flip side, when should we speak up as a truly concerned member of “the village” and when should we trust that the parents…
282: Different Skills Sets. Plus, Diverse Books Advocate Alli Harper
Nov 29, 2018 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa make a shocking discovery…there is living with kids and then there is parenting and they require totally different skill sets! Once this has been realized, the struggles we face make a lot more sense. It is WAY easier to parent when…
281: Am I Supposed To Want A Vacuum For Christmas?
Nov 21, 2018 • 54 min
Biz and Theresa face the hard question many women may find themselves needing to answer around the holidays: “Am I supposed to want a vacuum for Christmas?” Gift circulars that advertise gifts for the whole family suggest that kids want toys, dad…
280: Tip Toeing Around Kids’ Emotional Land Mines, Again! Plus, Libby Babbott-Klein on Baby Feminists
Nov 15, 2018 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa take another look at the emotional land mines that lurk around every corner with kids. Everything going well? Wonderful! Wait! Is that a tomato on their dinner plate? RUN!!! It’s hard to be on the receiving end of a meltdown by a child…
279: We Love Our Kids When They’re Not Around! Plus Racism in Preschools with Dr. Kimberly N. Parker
Nov 8, 2018 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa explore the experience of feeling glad we had kids….mostly when we are away from our kids. Are we just jerks? Or do we need the silence and space in order to appreciate the chaos? Plus Biz learns the whereabouts of the Illuminati,…
278: Last Minute Miracles, Plus Reductress Co-founder Beth Newell
Nov 1, 2018 • 58 min
Biz and Theresa are looking for a last minute miracle! “Parent! It’s crazy dress like a historical figure pajama day today. What can I wear?” “Parent! I’m going on a field trip today! Here is my permission slip…oh and I need a lunch in a…
Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sisters On Omens and Superstitions
Oct 30, 2018 • 23 min
Turn on your nightlight, listeners! Biz is joined again by her sister, Helen Michelle, to talk about family superstations and prophetic dreams. You can follow Helen Michelle on Twitter . Her book is out now.
277: Drag Me To Personal Hell, Plus R.L. Stine!
Oct 25, 2018 • 52 min
Biz and Theresa explore the horrors of being dragged to our personal hells! Like many good terrifying classics, sometimes the only way to get out of the things we dread is to go through them….which may be the best description of parenting ever. Plus…
276: I Still Got It! Plus Nightmares with Psychologist Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore
Oct 18, 2018 • 54 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the line between performer and parent. When our kids respond to one of our jokes like it’s Shakespeare, it feels really good! Is this rewarding feeling just the performer coming out in us or is it something else? It’s probably…
275: I’m Not A Mind Reader! Plus, Gwen Glazer’s Spooky Book Recommendations
Oct 11, 2018 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa clarify for the record that no, we can’t read minds! Sadly, our kids refuse to believe it. Being blamed for not being able to predict what kids want is frustrating and helping kids navigate their disappointment is unrewarding. If…
274: Oopsie Daisy! Kid Injuries Suck! Plus, Ghosts with Author Michael Leviton
Oct 4, 2018 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa explore how we feel when our kids get hurt. From the guilt we feel to the temptation to judge others, there is nothing like a boo boo to make you feel bad bad. Plus Biz is getting Katy Belle’s message loud and clear, Theresa is maxed…
273: Foster Parenting with Special Guests Including Adrienne Jubilee from C.A.S.E. and More
Sep 27, 2018 • 75 min
Just like parenting is different for everyone, this show is going to be different! Biz and Theresa dis the usual format to talk fostering for the entire episode. First we talk with Kevin and Kelly, a couple who are just beginning the fostering…
272: Do I Make Better Choices For Myself Now That I’m A Parent? Plus Dr. Krista Lauer talks Lice
Sep 20, 2018 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if we make better decisions for ourselves now that we are parents. Do our choices get more thoughtful? Or are we more likely to make rushed in-the-moment decisions? Biz’s haircut says “in the moment” and suggests that…
271: It Sucks Right Now And Yes, I Know I’ll Miss It!! Plus TTC with Janet Manley from Romper
Sep 13, 2018 • 63 min
Biz and Theresa ponder the often tossed around phrase “You’ll miss these years when they are gone!” We wonder, how helpful is that really? Signs point to “less helpful” as we discuss how dismissive it is of our present difficulties. Is…
270: The 10th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants
Sep 6, 2018 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa stand aside to bask in the glory of your genius moments and failures…and rants. The spectaculars stand as a reminder to how important it is to know that we are all doing great and we are all doing terrible! Check out our book! …
269: I’m Going To Need You To Calm Down, Plus Sex Ed. With Debra Hauser and
Aug 30, 2018 • 63 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the power of the phrase “calm down.” Yes, we want our kids to calm down, but why does it trigger gross feelings from our own childhoods? Is it just the easiest thing to say when kids are too loud or too hyped or too upset?…
268: The Things We’ll Do To Get Them To Do What We Want Them To Do…Wait, What?
Aug 23, 2018 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa realize maybe we have never left “the forest” and that the forest has been tricking us this whole time into believing it’s a nice place! We look at the sometimes insane and always exhausting techniques that we implement in order to…
267: Lemonade Stands! Plus, Actor Josh Hamilton
Aug 16, 2018 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa take a look at the highs and lows of lemonade stands and other childhood financial endeavors. The first clue that a child might not understand monetary value is when they want to charge $100 for a rock. On the one hand, we want to…
266: Packing! Plus Author Jessica Love
Aug 9, 2018 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa unpack their emotional baggage around actual packing. When did going on a three day trip turn into packing for an expedition to the Amazon? The amount of stuff we absolutely need to bring with us weighs heavy on the soul, not to…
265: What’s the Deal With Pirates? Plus Author Angela Garbes on the Science of Pregnancy
Aug 2, 2018 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa wonder what is up with pirates? Real pirates are known for theft and murder, but every other kid has a pirate costume. (And, let’s face it, they’re adorable.) From swordplay to walking the plank…I guess we’re all culturally cool with…
264: Aw, Did You Make That For Me? Plus Alissa Quart on Why Families Can’t Afford America
Jul 26, 2018 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa explore the complicated nature of receiving gifts from our children, from edible treats to physical affection to artistic renderings. How do we celebrate these occasionally misguided and even off-putting but nonetheless heartfelt gifts…
263: Whoa, Kids! Rewind! Be Kind! Plus Author Tim J. Meyers
Jul 19, 2018 • 56 min
Biz and Theresa talk about how it feels when our kids express their feelings or needs in an unkind manner. “I hate forks!” “AHHHH! I put the shirt on before underpants!” “My day is ruined! You are ruining my day!” Helping our kids navigate…
262: Maybe They Won’t Grow Out Of It, Plus Feeding Expert Jill Castle
Jul 12, 2018 • 69 min
Biz’s four-year-old still eats only a handful of things and Theresa’s four-year-old still has sleep problems. We’ve treated these issues as though they’ll inevitably resolve on their own over time, but two years later we’re beginning to…
Ep 261: Stop Interrupting! Live From Chicago with Heidi Stevens
Jun 28, 2018 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa are live from Chicago! This is the second of two episodes recorded in May at GMan Tavern. Chicago Tribune lifestyle writer Heidi Stevens joins us to talk about interrupting and help us try to figure out how to teach our kids not to…
260: Farts! Farts! Farts! Plus Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer from the Forever 35 Podcast
Jun 21, 2018 • 58 min
Biz and Theresa explore the results of the most dangerous fruit. Are some words better to use when describing flatulence? How can we help our kids navigate what is acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to passing gas, especially when the biggest…
259: Swimming!
Jun 14, 2018 • 56 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa dive into the good and bad memories of swimming as kids and look at how those experiences play into what we want for our kids. Should we throw them in, or respect their complete fear of wet hair? What if…
258: Are You Trying Hard Enough Yet? Plus Novelist Rumaan Alam
Jun 7, 2018 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa explore our desire to prove to others that we’re doing enough as parents. Regardless of what we’re going through with our kids, when someone tries to be helpful by saying, “Have you tried…xyz?” it can leave us feeling like…
257: The 9th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!
May 31, 2018 • 72 min
It’s the 9th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants! Biz and Theresa sit back and bask in the glory of your genius moments and failures and remember that none of us are alone! Check out our book! Thank you to all our listeners who support the…
256: Mom Nagging! Plus Maternal Mental Health with Author Kate Rope
May 24, 2018 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa wonder what “nagging” really is. Do we just want to keep our kids happy and comfortable or is “nagging” just another word used to belittle women? We know that developmentally kids need help remembering what they need, from keeping…
255: Bad Influences, With Lucy Knisley Live From Chicago!
May 17, 2018 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa are live from the GMan Tavern in Chicago with special guest comic creator Lucy Knisley, and we want to know what makes a bad influence. Rock ‘n’ Roll? Video Games? That one kid with the sailor mouth? Captain Underpants? Do we ban it…
254: I’m Not Yelling!
May 10, 2018 • 58 min
Biz and Theresa explore why we yell and how effective it is. It may not do much for the kids but it “effectively” makes us feel bad. Plus, Biz reflects upon her mortality as she sends another fish to great beyond and Theresa was cute for five seconds!…
253: When Self-Care Feels Like Self-Sabotage, Plus Author and Renegade Mother Janelle Hanchett
May 3, 2018 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa wonder why our attempts at self-care feel more like self-sabotage sometimes. Is it that it can mess up our momentum, or are we just really bad at it? Maybe both! Plus, Biz wonders, “WHAT IF?,” Theresa does feed her children, and we…
252: Dogs Will Totally Prepare Me For Kids! With Guest Co-Host Renée Colvert
Apr 26, 2018 • 58 min
Renée Colvert from the hit MaxFun podcast Can I Pet Your Dog? joins Biz to discuss the question, “Will having dogs prepare me for being a parent?” Is this question insulting, laughable, or does it actually hold some elements of truth? Maybe a little…
251: The Kids Are Bored plus Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee!
Apr 19, 2018 • 74 min
Thanks to everyone who supported us in this years Max Fun Drive! Biz and Theresa fill our own boredom by talking about what to do when our kids are bored. Should we bust that boredom with 10 exciting ways to fill up summer break or just threaten to…
250: I’m Bored! Plus Kendal Esquerre on Representation
Apr 11, 2018 • 70 min
This is the last week of the Max Fun Drive and we would love it if you could show us your support! In order to make a contribution go to and use the #MaxFunDrive on social medial to show us some love! Who cares if the kids are bored? We…
249: Tattling! With Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman
Apr 4, 2018 • 74 min
Max Fun Drive is upon us and we would love it if you could show us your support! In order to make a contribution go to and use the #MaxFunDrive on social medial to show us some love! Biz and Theresa explore the art of tattling. How do we…
248: Bragging! Plus Stuttering Educator Jane Fraser
Mar 29, 2018 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa explore the art of bragging and decide this is a tough one. How can we teach our kids to have pride in their accomplishments while being mindful of the feelings of others? Instead of slapping the label “bragging” on it and walking…
247: Witnessing Crushing Disappointment
Mar 23, 2018 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa talk about how hard it is to watch our children deal with big disappointments, like missing their first sleepover because they’re sick! Not only do we want to comfort them, it also brings up our own crushing memories… “Mama! Why…
246: On Hold, Plus Children’s Book Author Airlie Anderson
Mar 15, 2018 • 59 min
Don’t hang up yet, you’re just on hold! Biz and Theresa wonder if putting things on hold until [fill in the blank] is a good thing, and if perhaps it’s better to just let some things go so that we can return to them when we’re ready. Let’s hold…
245: Boundaries plus TiLT Parenting’s Debbie Reber
Mar 8, 2018 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa talk about setting boundaries and how it can be the start, if not the actual act of self-care. Shutting yourself in the bathroom is a boundary, right? Plus, Biz really had a nice moment, Theresa also had a moment, and we talk to Debbie…
244: Days Of The Week
Mar 1, 2018 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa explore the significance of the days of the week post-kids. Mondays feel like the new Fridays and it’s always Friday somewhere! Plus Biz passes on some serious knowledge to Katy Belle and Theresa receives some knowledge of her…
243: How Did We Get Here?
Feb 22, 2018 • 51 min
Biz and Theresa are in situations we’d only witnessed and judged in our pre-kid lives and are wondering, “How did we get here?” It’s like the fog is clearing and once we can see everything we discover that we have no idea where we are. Are we…
242: Older Kid Sleep and The Return Of Sleep Expert Dr. Jodi Mindell
Feb 15, 2018 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa check in on sleep. Why do we think “Problem solved!” when it is really always changing? Why is sleep the one issue that when our kids are having trouble, it feels like we are the ones with the problem? And how do we help older kids…
241: The Rewards of Parenting: Do You Feel Rewarded Yet?
Feb 8, 2018 • 49 min
Biz and Theresa explore the saying, “Parenting is the toughest job, but also the most rewarding.” What are those rewards and why don’t they feel like finding a $20 bill in the couch? Is it that the language of “rewards” is misleading? Is it a long…
Ep 240: Party Favors: The Garbage You Take Home! Plus Ophira Eisenberg on Change
Feb 1, 2018 • 83 min
Biz and Theresa wonder, “Where do party favors go to die?” The answer? Your house. Kids love them, we hate them, and we admit to fully participating in the madness by buying them and giving them out at our own kids’ parties. Maybe giving kids $1…
239: Swears! Live from SF Sketchfest with Eliza Skinner
Jan 25, 2018 • 80 min
Biz and Theresa are live from San Francisco Sketchfest with guest Eliza Skinner and we’re talking about swear words! Our bread and butter! I guess maybe it’s weird to hear a four-year-old sound like a sailor at the preschool interview? OOPS. Are some…
238: Birth Order: Is That A Thing?
Jan 18, 2018 • 62 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if there is anything to birth order as a determining factor in our personalities or if it’s basically as reliable as astrological horoscopes? Does being the second child mean we shouldn’t leave the house today or make new…
237: Can’t Do It Without Getting Interrupted…So Nevermind!
Jan 11, 2018 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa wonder why it feels like it’s all or nothing when it comes to getting things — even fun things — done as a parent. Biz thinks we’re trapped between having to commit to being interrupted on the one hand, and being unable to…
236: The 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show
Jan 4, 2018 • 75 min
It’s the 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show! Take that, 2017! This week we need to destress from the holidays and kick off the new year right with you, our special guests, as you share your genius and fails of the holidays! …
235: Oh, Look! We Found More Guilt! With Author James Breakwell
Dec 21, 2017 • 61 min
Biz and Theresa admit that when we have those “what if I hadn’t done this or that” moments it may be tied to unrecognized guilt. Like most parenting guilt, while it isn’t true, it still feels bad, so is there any benefit to it? Plus Biz is not…
234: Budding Independence
Dec 14, 2017 • 61 min
Biz and Theresa discuss our kids’ budding independence…or lack thereof and wonder how much we, as parents, are to blame for it. What do you mean ignoring our children’s desire to do it themselves because we have no patience could be part of it?…
233: Holiday Nostalgia! Stressing About Memories of The Future!
Dec 7, 2017 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa realize that our childhood memories of the holidays combined with our visions of what we want our kid’s memories to be makes for one bad tasting fruit cake of guilt. The sensation that time is fleeting is really ramped up over the…
232: The House Made Me Do It plus Poison Control Expert Dr. Cyrus Rangan
Nov 30, 2017 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa explore why it feels like being inside our homes sometimes makes us worse at parenting. Do we have shorter fuses and less patience because of the clutter and the never-ending list of chores that weigh us down when we’re at home?…
231: The Confusing Moment When Things Go Well plus Screenwriter Kay Cannon
Nov 22, 2017 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa explore the confusing moment when things go well. How is it possible when we know it will all melt down? Well, doesn’t it always melt down and don’t we want to be be proven right that we can’t do anything nice? UHG! Be it play…
230: Playing Favorites plus Early Childhood Development Expert Dr. Gloria Walther
Nov 16, 2017 • 79 min
Don’t tell your sister but you are my favorite! Biz and Theresa talk about favoritism in our homes growing up and how we are trying to steer clear of it now that we’re parents. We can at least agree that screaming “why can’t you be more like…
229: LIVE in Brooklyn! Kid Bedroom Decor w/ Ophira Eisenberg! Plus Adira Amram & The Experience!
Nov 9, 2017 • 70 min
One Bad Mother is live from The Bell House in Brooklyn this week! Biz and Theresa wonder how cool will we be when our children begin to decorate their rooms in ways that are visually unappealing at best and personally offensive at worse? Plus Ophira…
228: I Am A Parenting Fraud plus Author James Patterson
Nov 2, 2017 • 68 min
Biz admits to Theresa that we feel like frauds when it comes to knowing how to parent. Does standing there feeling totally blank count as “knowing what to do?” Luckily, Theresa lets us know we are not the only ones. Plus Biz commits to spontaneity…
Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings
Oct 31, 2017 • 26 min
One Bad Mother Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings Hide under the covers listeners, Biz is joined by her sister, Helen Michelle, to share some of their family’s ghost stories. Follow Helen Michelle on twitter and don’t…
227: They Can All Hear You When You Scream plus Liz Sower of “Ghosts in the Burbs”
Oct 26, 2017 • 71 min
This week on a spooky Halloween One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa discover that when our kids are out in public…being kids….everyone is watching! AHHHHH! Are our fears of being judged or that everyone is “over us already” real, or is the Jekyll…
226: You Sound Just Like Your Mother!
Oct 19, 2017 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa hear our parents everywhere….and it’s coming from ourselves! What is it about becoming a parent that brings out the best and worst of those who raised us in ourselves? Is it nature or nurture or just inevitable? Plus Biz has a…
225: Things My Kids Take Forever To Do plus Poet Chris Harris!
Oct 12, 2017 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa share all the things that our kids take forever to do…put on shoes, eat, get out of the car, get into the car, really anything. Should we acknowledge the irony of all the times we say we wish we could slow down or that we wish the…
224: Picture Day! Plus Author Morra Aarons-Mele
Oct 5, 2017 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa explore the importance of picture day. Are we team “clean faced/hair brushed” or team “It was picture day?” Who cares the most about it, us or our children? What do we do with those pictures…mail them to relatives, frame…
223: Batteries Plus Fertility Doula Sarah Kowalski Esq.!
Sep 28, 2017 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa are too tired to talk about anything deep so we pull out our tiny screw drivers and talk about batteries! Plus Biz has cake guilt, Theresa has a super brain, and we talk to Sarah Kowalski, Esq. about her new book Motherhood Reimagined:…
222: Flexibility Hurts plus LGBTQ Literary Archivist Lee Wind!
Sep 21, 2017 • 86 min
Biz and Theresa wonder which is harder, having to be the more flexible person in the family with our work and personal needs, or adjusting our attitudes to be happy about it? How do we find the energy to adjust how we feel about it if we are always…
221: Curiosity: Well, That’s Exhausting! LIVE with Kay Cannon!
Sep 14, 2017 • 80 min
One Bad Mother is live from the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles this week and Biz and Theresa try to answer the hardest question of all: “Why do we have to answer all these questions?” Special guest, screen writer Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, Girlboss)…
220: The 8th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants!
Sep 7, 2017 • 76 min
It’s time for the 8th ever Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants where we feel less alone and possibly a bit better about the job we are doing by basking in the good and not so good moments of parenting shared by our listeners. Plus Biz makes a wish and…
219: Getting Out Of The House Is Hard Plus Bilingual Educator Keli Garcia Allen
Aug 31, 2017 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa wonder why it is so hard to get out of the house with kids. Oh, thats right…because everything. You’d think that after at least a few years, all the people in your house who need to get out of the house would accept that this is an…
218: Am I Failing At Letting My Kids Fail? Plus Educator Dr. Ama Mazama
Aug 24, 2017 • 71 min
Biz wonders if we are incapable of letting our children solve their own problems and if this is why our children can’t actually problem solve! Theresa suggests maybe its less about ability and more about personality. What’s worse, stunting our…
217: Back To School Anxiety, Plus Actor and Children’s Book Author Michael Ian Black
Aug 17, 2017 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa load up our backpacks with unnecessary anxiety! School is great and the teachers are better, so what could be keeping us up at night? Will the teacher be a good fit for our kid? Is this the REAL school supply list? We gotta get kids…
216: No Whine Before It’s Time with Dr. Jennifer Verdolin
Aug 10, 2017 • 80 min
Biz and Theresa spend the show convincing ourselves that when our children whine it is a good thing. If we ignore the feeling of wanting to slam our heads into a wall and scream “my ears are bleeding! BLEEDING” and focus instead on the…
215: Why Am I Supposed To Like That?
Aug 3, 2017 • 56 min
Biz and Theresa talk about all the little things we hate that we hadn’t thought about in years….till our kids did them to us! Pool splashing, sparklers, being surprised…these aren’t phobias or life-threatening but they still bug the crap out of…
214: Bad Habits Live From San Francisco!
Jul 27, 2017 • 67 min
This week on One Bad Mother, we are excited to share our live show from San Francisco (May 2017) where we talk about bad habits. What makes a bad habit and do we have any control over what habits our kids have? Probably not but that won’t stop Biz…
Jul 20, 2017 • 56 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa realize that all that glitters is not gold…it is just glitter and like that shitty tattoo you got from that wild night out that was fun but full of regrets the next morning, it will be with you forever….
212: Family Game Night, plus Anthonia Akitunde of
Jul 13, 2017 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa talk about playing games as children and now, with our own kids. We each have one capable, game-playing-age child as well as another child who seems to turn all game-playing experiences into hurricanes of frustration. Yet, we keep…
211: Biting Off More Than I Can Chew
Jul 6, 2017 • 78 min
This week on One Bad Mother, maybe you can’t understand what Biz and Theresa are saying because they bit off more than they can chew. While choking on it, they wonder why this keeps happening. Is it that we don’t see parenting as work so we take…
210: What Will It Take To Get You Into Some Self-Care Today?, Plus Kazoo Magazine
Jun 22, 2017 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa wonder what needs to happen, how much money it would take, how many magic wishes we’d need or who’s permission needs to be given for us to actually commit to self-care. Is 100 magic wishes enough? Maybe the actual self-care we are…
209: The World Revolves Around Me…Maybe
Jun 15, 2017 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if there is a person in the family who everything revolves around and if it is us, why do we keep getting hit by all those things in orbit? Does the family seem to revolve around one kid or does the focus tend to shift? Is this…
208: Putting the “Self” in Selfishness
Jun 10, 2017 • 65 min
Plus the Art of Manliness with Brett McKay
207: The 7th Ever Genius-Fail Spectacular! Plus Rants!
Jun 2, 2017 • 83 min
Buckle up for our seventh genius-fail spectacular (plus rants!) where we bask in the great equalizer of great and awful moments. Trust us, none of us are alone and everyone is doing an amazing job! Plus, Biz is getting ready to head to Alabama,…
206: Sibling Fighting Plus Keeping Our Cool Up Through The Teen Years
May 25, 2017 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if there’s any benefit to all the fighting going on between our kids besides thinning out the herd. One part of our brain knows to let them learn to work it out, unless it gets violent, but the other part of our brain finds it…
205: Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number, Plus Professional Wrestling…As Moms!
May 18, 2017 • 58 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if we’re putting too much or too little weight on our kids’ actual ages. Every time our older kids reach a new age, it seems younger than we imagined it would be, and our younger kids — no matter how old they get — always seem…
204: Don’t Talk To Your Mother That Way!
May 11, 2017 • 59 min
In honor of Mother’s Day, Biz and Theresa wonder whether we have inadvertently allowed ourselves to become doormats! When we hear our partners tell our kids, “Don’t talk to your mother that way,” why are we surprised? It’s nice to know someone has…
203: Shut Up Mama! Plus Having A Child With Tourette’s with Author Heather MacLean
May 4, 2017 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa are beginning to think our kids are trying to tell use something…like, to shut up. Perhaps the face grabbing, mouth covering and screaming, “No talking, Mama!” is a clue. Is expecting our children to not interrupt reasonable…
202: My Kid Gets In Trouble At School, plus comedian Joe Sib
Apr 27, 2017 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa talk about how it feels when our kids get in trouble at school. Everyone is definitely thinking we’re doing a bad job as parents, right? Plus, life finds a way for Biz, Theresa tells us how it’s going with three, and we talk with…
201: What Makes Me A Monster? plus Single Parent Adoption with Nefertiti Austin
Apr 20, 2017 • 68 min
Every family has its own way of doing things and, now that our kids are old enough to compare our homes to their friends’, suddenly there’s a whole list of ways in which we, our kids’ parents, ARE MONSTERS. Plus, Biz paves the way for weekend fun and…
200: I’m Afraid I’m Becoming Haggard and Broken!, plus Bryn Huntpalmer of The Birth Hour
Apr 13, 2017 • 66 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa ponder the stereotype of mothers….not the ethereal, magical vessel image…its the hunched, broken, shell of a person image. Is it avoidable? Is it too late? Or is there some place in between the deep end…
199: Do You Like Me?, plus Kiera Butler, Senior Editor at Mother Jones
Apr 6, 2017 • 77 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa wonder why stepping foot into elementary school can churn up our own personal anxiety about making friends as adults with other parents. Is it all in our minds or should we just hang out behind the…
198: Another Birth Story! Thank You For Asking!, plus author Jancee Dunn
Mar 29, 2017 • 80 min
This week on One Bad Mother, in honor of the #MaxFunDrive, Theresa is BACK, with Baby Curtis, and we talk about the miracle of childbirth. The third times the charm! Plus we are joined by Jancee Dunn, to talk about her new book which works through the…
197: Kids Express With Their Dress, plus Corin Tucker
Mar 21, 2017 • 79 min
This week on One Bad Mother, in honor MaxFunDrive, Biz travels to the past to talk to to still pregnant Theresa about how much they should care about how their kid’s express themselves through their clothes. The answer turns out to be “not a…
196: My Child Says She Doesn’t Have Friends! with guest host Tempest DuJour
Mar 16, 2017 • 72 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Tempest DuJour joins Biz as co-host to answer the question “What do you mean they don’t want to be your friend baby girl?” What are we supposed to do as parents if our kids feel like they don’t have friends? I mean…
195: Books Can Help! with guest host Gwen Glazer
Mar 9, 2017 • 75 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Books! They can be really helpful! Gwen Glazer, the recommendations librarian from the NYC public Library and co-host of the podcast The Librarian Is In, joins as our cohost and we explore how books can help us prepare our…
194: Do I Have To Like My Kid’s Friends? with guest host Nicole Blades
Mar 2, 2017 • 68 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz is joined by guest host Nicole Blades to wonder if we HAVE to like our kid’s friends. Plus Nicole admits to the goldfish swap, Biz feels beat up and we talk to Theresa who questions the sustainability of parenting….
193: Alternative Family Set Ups with Guest Host John Roderick
Feb 23, 2017 • 79 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Living arrangements! Guest host John Roderick joins to talk about the rather non-traditional family set up he shares with the mother of his child, plus we check in with Theresa who is still on maternity leave and Biz…
192: Speaking Two Languages At Home with guest host Stefan Lawrence
Feb 16, 2017 • 67 min
This week on One Bad Mother, while Theresa is out on family leave, Biz is joined by her husband Stefan Lawrence to talk about the language of love. Or maybe its the language of Swedish and the love part comes from staying married while one parent…
191: Kids and Alternative Facts with guest host Britt Erickson, plus Meg Collins of Lucie’s List
Feb 9, 2017 • 65 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Theresa has had a baby! Yay! Biz is joined by guest host Britt Erickson and they wonder why kid’s have such a problem with what we know to be true and instead cling to their alternative facts…and why are they so…
190: Candy!, Plus Picky Eaters with Molly and Matthew from the Spilled Milk Podcast
Feb 2, 2017 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa talk candy! Is there such a thing as too much candy and really, for whom are we asking? Between school celebrations, holidays, and parties, there seems to be a never-ending flow of candy into our lives. Do we try to control the candy…
189: The Winter Blues, Plus Graphic Novelist Jenny Jaeckel On Spending Five Months In The NICU
Jan 26, 2017 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa take a walk in a winter wonderland of HORRORS! Is there something special about the winter weather that makes it seem harder to parent? Or is it being trapped inside more? Maybe its all the holidays, snow days, and sick days that make…
188: Gender Identity and Our Kids, with Lisa Kenney from Gender Spectrum
Jan 19, 2017 • 76 min
Biz and Theresa talk about gender identity and our kids this week as Theresa shares some news about her five-year-old. Our awesome guest is ‘s Lisa Kenney, who co-authored the book . Lisa walks us through some common misconceptions about gender…
187: What’s In Your Bag? Plus Kristen Howerton of Rage Against The Minivan
Jan 12, 2017 • 63 min
Biz and Theresa explore what’s in the bags we carry around all day…you know, besides the emotional weight of self-identity and parenting. That aside, it’s probably wipes and Band-Aids….and tiny koalas. Plus, Biz gets a wake-up call, Theresa is…
186: Screw You, Resolutions! Plus Cognitive Sciences Expert Barbara Sarnecka
Jan 5, 2017 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa revisit their resolutions from last year and are reminded that resolutions are bullshit! Seriously. Let’s resolve to talk about cake or anything else next year. Plus, Biz recovers from the holidays, Theresa reminds us of her…
185: The First Ever HOLIDAY Genius-Fail Spectacular, With Rants
Dec 21, 2016 • 86 min
It’s our holiday gift to ourselves and to you: The First Ever HOLIDAY Genius-Fail Spectacular, With Rants! This week we celebrate the holidays with you and all of your amazing calls. It seems like just the thing to get us through this last push of the…
184: Am I Doing This Right?
Dec 16, 2016 • 63 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if we’re doing it wrong when it comes to responding to poor behavior. Should we be accommodating of difficult behavior when it’s obviously just some kind of developmental stage? Or, by letting things slide, are we creating a…
183: Who Needs Facts When You Have Your Gut?, plus Minna Dubin of #MomLists
Dec 8, 2016 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa say, “facts schmacts!” Of course sugar makes kids hyper! Who cares if science says otherwise? Of course drool plus fever means teething! No matter that your kid has all her teeth- IT’S TEETHING! Astrology? Ha! Your attempts to deny…
182: Driving In Cars With Kids
Dec 1, 2016 • 55 min
Biz and Theresa think back to what life was like when we were just passengers in the cars of life and are fairly certain there was no way we were distracting to our parents. We then impress each other with our feats of managing small children while…
181: Let’s Get Ready To Holidaaaaaay! Plus Mindfulness Expert Carla Naumburg, PhD
Nov 22, 2016 • 82 min
The holidays are here! Biz and Theresa head into the festive season wondering: if we say what concerns us and ask for help and the opportunity to actually enjoy at least some of it… maybe we actually will? If that doesn’t work, there’s always…
180: You Win Some, You Lose Some, Plus Marriage Family Therapist Beth Hossfeld
Nov 17, 2016 • 86 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if everyone deserves a trophy or if the cut-and-dry world of “1st, 2nd and 3rd Place” make us stronger. Maybe just the act of having to explain winning and losing to our kids makes us strong enough. Plus, Biz takes it offline,…
179: The Little In-Betweens, plus Ijeoma Oluo on How To Be Wrong
Nov 10, 2016 • 74 min
You’ve heard of the “‘tween” years, but Biz and Theresa think there’s another awkward in-between time that comes earlier and doesn’t get as much attention. Those years after infancy but before total kid autonomy…Why didn’t anyone tell us they…
178: Deciding to Stop Having Kids, plus Musician Laurie Berkner
Nov 3, 2016 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa talk about our decisions to stop having kids and how even these supposedly settled matters can leave us feeling uncertain. Oh and don’t forget, life can always laugh in our faces and find a way to remind us that we don’t necessarily…
177: When Toddlers Hit: The Horror!
Oct 27, 2016 • 69 min
This week on a special Halloween episode of One Bad Mother: aaaaaahhhh!!!! Something is hitting you…and it’s coming from within the house! Biz and Theresa talk about our toddlers hitting, how much it sucks and what, if anything, we can do about it….
176: How To Change Gears Out Of A Parenting Funk, plus Guest Tempest DuJour
Oct 20, 2016 • 83 min
Biz and Theresa explore how we try to change gears when we’re stuck in a funk. “I know I am supposed to be enjoying this moment… why can’t I get out of my funk and enjoy it?” Is it the guilt, is it the need to carry every emotional triumph or…
175: Back On The Potty Again, plus Potty Training Expert Jamie Glowacki
Oct 13, 2016 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa revisit potty training and delve into what really makes this a difficult milestone… us! Plus, Biz paints herself in a new light, Theresa has a kindergarten update, and we call the very funny and very real Jamie Glowacki. She’s the…
174: Schedule Changes Are Hard, Schedule Changes Are Hard, plus guest Janet Stickmon On Her Letters To Black Parents Visiting Earth
Oct 6, 2016 • 79 min
Biz and Theresa discuss how major schedule changes, like dropping naps, later bedtimes, and new morning routines, are natural and unavoidable…not to mention mildly traumatic for us. Is it strange that our kids can roll with these changes better than…
173: Stay In Bed!
Sep 29, 2016 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa explore all the ways in which transitions from crib to big-kid bed can make us crazy. From spending all evening by your child’s bed making sure they don’t get up to super-nanny-style walking your kid back to bed 10,000 times a night to…
172: Milestones
Sep 22, 2016 • 68 min
Watch your step! Biz and Theresa are talking about milestones this week. From those developmental ones like walking and talking to the more emotional ones like getting a big-kid bed or the first day of school, we explore the ways in which milestones…
171: Who’s Really Getting Punished?
Sep 15, 2016 • 53 min
Biz and Theresa wonder who really gets punished when we take away fun things like TV, iPads, toys and special outings? (Short answer: US!) What’s so hard about this? Is it just the realization that we now have to fill that time in a different way, or…
170: The 6th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!
Sep 8, 2016 • 81 min
This week on One Bad Mother it is the 6th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants where we celebrate you guys and how you are doing a great job most of the time. Share your genius and fail moments! Call 206-350-9485* *Be sure to tell us…
169: What We Do ‘For The Kids,’ plus Cool Dad Chris Kornelis
Sep 1, 2016 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa talk about the things we do for our kids that we’d otherwise never do. Whether you’re an introvert spending Saturday socializing at a playdate, you’re someone with a balloon phobia blowing up balloons for your kid’s party because she…
168: How Was Your Summer?, plus guest Faith Salie
Aug 26, 2016 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa reflect on summer and wonder why, looking back, it didn’t seem like we had any…fun? Plus, Biz wonders how you assess perfection, Theresa salutes parents going back to work, and we talk with comedian, journalist, and mother, Faith…
167: Tired of Being President, plus Teens & Sex In The Digital Age with Angela Arsenault
Aug 18, 2016 • 77 min
Biz wants a new job, one where she isn’t President of All The Stuff. In any relationship, is it inevitable that one person becomes the boss of a majority of day-to-day stuff? Is it resentment that we can feel over this arrangement, or just…
166: When Kids Act Sneaky, plus Infertility with Tracey B. Wilson
Aug 12, 2016 • 76 min
Biz and Theresa deal with our kids breaking rules and just being generally “sneaky.” We thought it would be cute, a rite of passage for all kids, but - surprise - it turns out it’s not as fun when it’s happening in your own house. Plus, there’s…
165: Why Don’t My Kids Like This?!, plus Postpartum Peeing with Courtney Wyckoff
Aug 5, 2016 • 78 min
Biz and Theresa demand to know why our kids don’t like some stuff that ALL OTHER kids seem to like. Not liking pizza or coloring books seems like breaking some sort of child law and it seems particularly criminal when the things they…
164: Who Are We to Other People’s Kids?, plus Talking With Our Kids About Racism with Aya de Leon
Jul 28, 2016 • 79 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if we’re overstepping our boundaries when our kids’ friends ask us questions about the way the world works or need our help solving a problem. Are we “parenting” other people’s kids, or is this just what they mean when they say,…
163: When Kids Share a Room, plus NYPL Recommendations Librarian Gwen Glazer
Jul 20, 2016 • 80 min
Biz and Theresa get down to the nitty-gritty of sibling bedroom-sharing: fighting, space-sharing, sleep schedules, and more! Biz is afraid to try it with her kids and Theresa knows no other way. Plus, Biz is cooking beautiful meals for her children to…
162: Kid Hangovers, plus children’s book author Julie Falatko
Jul 14, 2016 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa are glad to be back from vacation and are ready to talk Kid Hangovers! Can they be cured by hair of the hotdog? Is there any way to help our kids recover from a night at Nana’s or the Chuck E Cheese birthday party or is this where…
161: Two-Year-Olds Are Emotional, It Turns Out
Jun 30, 2016 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the emotional roller coaster that is parenting a two-year-old. Our kids are often intense, clingy, loving, and on the verge of a tantrum. It takes all our energy to stay calm in the face of the hurricane (and let’s get…
160: Live from MaxFunCon: Slumber Parties!
Jun 23, 2016 • 78 min
With Guest John Roderick
159: Kid Art
Jun 16, 2016 • 71 min
Plus guest Mark Alan Stamaty
158: We’re Getting Really Bad At This
Jun 9, 2016 • 76 min
Biz feels like she used to do many things well but now seems to do many things poorly. We explore this very real place and how much it sucks! Plus, Biz turns to boxes for comfort, Theresa has emotions about her kids’ hair, and we talk to…
157: The 5th Genius/Fail Spectacular
Jun 3, 2016 • 82 min
It’s the week after Memorial Day and you know what that means! Time for another episode of One Bad Mother devoted entirely to your most epic listener calls. Join us as we celebrate everyone from the dad who cooked a needlessly elaborate meal…
156: Bribery
May 27, 2016 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa get honest about bribing our kids. It’s the thing you’re not really supposed to do but it seems like everyone kind of does and — dare we say — it maybe kind of sort of…WORKS! Eek! Call the parenting judgment police! But, how far…
155: Parenting Karma
May 19, 2016 • 72 min
Plus guest Margot Black
154: Let’s Be Adults!
May 13, 2016 • 76 min
Plus guest Dr. Dan Siegel
153: Parenting in the Age of Daniel Tiger
May 6, 2016 • 76 min
Plus guest Maureen Campion
152: Sand. That’s Also A Thing.
Apr 28, 2016 • 72 min
Plus guest Ben Hatke
151: Mortifying Moments In Childhood
Apr 21, 2016 • 72 min
Plus Guest Catherine Newman
150: My Life Is An Actual Sh*t-Show
Apr 14, 2016 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa explore what it’s like when we have a lot of hard days in a row. You know, when you think you’re almost over the hump of one problem and then three new ones crop up? It’s enough to make a sleep-deprived mama cry…and we do! Plus,…
149: Naptime Drama, Miscarriage, and Lessons of Parenthood
Apr 7, 2016 • 70 min
With guest Julia Aziz
148: The Reflexive ‘No!’ PLUS Talking With Our Kids About Sex and Gender
Mar 31, 2016 • 79 min
With Guest Cory Silverberg
147: Date Nights and Sex Ed.
Mar 22, 2016 • 82 min
Plus guest Caitlin Krapf
146: Dinner and Drinks
Mar 16, 2016 • 76 min
Plus guest Emily Oster
145: Clothes Make The Kids (If They Could Only Dress Themselves)
Mar 10, 2016 • 77 min
Plus veterinarian Dr. Katie Gies
144: Stickers Are A Thing!
Mar 3, 2016 • 70 min
Plus Amanda Edwards and Jen McLellan
143: Our Toddlers, Ourselves
Feb 25, 2016 • 79 min
Plus guest Courtney Wyckoff
142: What Kids?
Feb 18, 2016 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa just want to have a good time this week while simultaneously not talking about being a parent! So, we talk about some remarkably not-kid-related stuff, from karaoke to what we’d do with a million dollars to favorite childhood…
141: Homework
Feb 12, 2016 • 84 min
plus former NCIS agent Heather Ryan
140: WTF? Our Kids Are Unique Individuals?
Feb 4, 2016 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the ways our children are different from their siblings and from us! How dare they each be unique individuals?! Plus, Biz finds her Fight Song, Theresa gets as serious as she can with a four-year-old, and we’re still laughing…
139: Are Our Kids A Reflection Of Us?
Jan 28, 2016 • 72 min
Plus guest Helen Ellis
138: Parenting Message Boards
Jan 22, 2016 • 77 min
Plus guest Brian Gordon
137: Let’s Catch Up!
Jan 14, 2016 • 79 min
plus guest Bianca Jamotte
136: These Toys Suck
Jan 7, 2016 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa return from the holidays to reflect on toys that suck and wonder: is this a good way to teach kids that life will never be what you expect and nothing’s actually as cool as the advertisement suggests? Sure! Plus, Biz…
135: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Dec 24, 2015 • 76 min
Plus guest Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
134: The Santa Talk
Dec 17, 2015 • 74 min
Plus guest Candace Wahl
133: Reading Is FUNdamental
Dec 10, 2015 • 74 min
with guests Andrew & Polly
132: On The Fence About Having Kids
Dec 4, 2015 • 66 min
Some people know they want kids and some people know they don’t, but what if you don’t care one way or the other, is that even an option? Biz and Theresa say it’s actually a viable one! We hash out what goes into making those big…
131: Perfect Holiday Pressure
Nov 25, 2015 • 66 min
Plus guest Amy Helm
130: Lunch Box Guilt
Nov 19, 2015 • 74 min
Plus guest Pauline Campos
129: You Let Your Kid Watch THAT?!
Nov 13, 2015 • 63 min
Biz and Theresa talk about which TV and movies are and aren’t O.K. to show our kids and it turns out to be kind of a personal choice. YOU MEAN THERE’S A PARENTING ISSUE WHEREIN THERE’S NO CLEAR RIGHT OR WRONG? Who knew?! Plus, Biz…
128: Playground Etiquette
Nov 5, 2015 • 73 min
Plus guest Anna Lefler
127: Halloween Costumes
Oct 29, 2015 • 76 min
Plus guest Jena Pincott
126: Why Aren’t These Kids Having Fun?
Oct 16, 2015 • 71 min
Plus Postpartum Anxiety with guest Dr. Jessica Zucker
125: The Great Switcheroo with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark!
Oct 7, 2015 • 77 min
Plus special guest Abby Shumka
124: I Am My Own Worst Enemy
Oct 1, 2015 • 69 min
Plus guest Chuck Bryant
123: My Kid Broke The Rules and Lied About It
Sep 24, 2015 • 70 min
Plus guests Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert
122: You Don’t Craft?
Sep 17, 2015 • 76 min
Plus author Jessica Shortall on her new book, Work. Pump. Repeat.
121: The 4th Genius/Fail Spectacular
Sep 10, 2015 • 68 min
It’s the week after Labor Day and you know what that means! Time for another episode of One Bad Mother devoted entirely to your most epic listener calls. Join us as we celebrate everyone from the mom who got her baby to eat pureed turkey by squirting…
120: Kids Are Loud
Sep 4, 2015 • 62 min
Biz and Theresa lay out some serious facts. Kids are loud. Plus, Biz makes lemonade out of concentrate, Theresa checks in after a hard week, and Lisa Roth, the creative mind behind the Rockabye Baby Music series, joins us to talk about making…
119: What Happened To My Personal Space?
Aug 27, 2015 • 75 min
Warning! Our show goes a lot of places this week. Luckily they fall into neat categories! (see our trigger warnings note below) This week, Biz and Theresa talk about personal space, which is a thing our kids like to act like they’ve never heard of!…
118: More! More! More!
Aug 20, 2015 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa want more! More! More! More! More stuff, more babies, more pets, more emotional gratification and in no way is it the same as our kids wanting more. Or, alright fine, maybe it’s exactly the same. So we explore the why and the…
117: Are We Treating Our Partners Like Kids?
Aug 13, 2015 • 73 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa explore the question, “Are we treating our partners like children?” If you’re not sure whether this is something you do, try sharing a kayak with your partner and seeing what comes out of your…
116: Pregnancy Loss
Aug 6, 2015 • 72 min
There is no clever way to say it. This week, Biz and Theresa talk about miscarriages. Theresa shares her experience and together we explore what it’s like to go through a pregnancy loss, or have a friend experiencing pregnancy loss, in a…
115: Where Can(‘t) We Take Our Kids?
Jul 30, 2015 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa try to come up with a list of places society allows us to take our kids…it ain’t a long one! Are parents doing a bad job of taking kids in public? Or do other people in public just need an attitude adjustment? Plus, Biz has an…
114: Are We Squashing What Makes Our Kids Special?
Jul 24, 2015 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa love how special our children are but sometimes feel like the need for peace, quiet, and order calls for squashing their special little selves. IS THAT BAD?! Plus, our kids ask us the tough questions this week! And, we…
113: Sleep Regression
Jul 16, 2015 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa talk about baby/toddler sleep regressions and how it makes us feel when months of blissfully decent sleep suddenly turn to dust in our hands for seemingly no good reason. Turns out we’re MUCH closer to the point of nervous…
112: When Will We Be Normal Again?
Jul 9, 2015 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa wonder when, as new parents, do we get back to feeling normal again? And what is normal? Maybe it’s the day we stop crying at Target or maybe it’s accepting a “new” normal. Also this week, we have another case of…
111: Who Wins At Suffering?
Jul 3, 2015 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa explore the hardest parts of parenting and how “suffering” affects our relationships with our partners. Biz wants her husband to SUFFER LIKE SHE HAS! Theresa has Catholic guilt and wants to spare everyone at her own expense. Turns out…
110: Is My Child Leading a Double Life?
Jun 25, 2015 • 58 min
Biz and Theresa talk about how it makes us feel when our kids behave differently around other adults than they do around us. “What do you mean he’s well-behaved and likes vegetables?!” What are we doing wrong?! Plus, Biz is enjoying…
109: What Did That Baby Do To My Friend?
Jun 12, 2015 • 77 min
What happens to a friendship when one friend suddenly has a baby, and the other remains child-free? This week, Biz and Theresa tackle questions about friendships submitted by our child-free listeners. From dealing with the crappy things that come out…
108: Toy Guns
Jun 5, 2015 • 69 min
Who needs two tickets to the gun show? These guys! Biz and Theresa test the bonds of friendship by talking about our respective stances on toy gun play. Plus, Biz returns to her roots, Theresa gets a 24-hour vacation, and we talk to the very…
Ep 107: The 3rd Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular…With Rants!
May 28, 2015 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa celebrate YOU, our listeners, and what an amazing job you’re all doing…most of the time! From serving baby oatmeal out of a piping bag to poking your kid in the eye before a shot, you guys are nailing it!
106: Crisis Mode
May 21, 2015 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa wonder why sometimes a crisis is easier than regular life? Maybe we wouldn’t feel this way if we got trophies and a standing ovation every time we did the dishes or handled bedtime solo! Plus, success leaves a bad taste…
105: Post-Mother’s Day Mom Rant
May 14, 2015 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa need to vent about the holiday that is Mother’s Day and ask these three important questions: What’s wrong with Mother’s Day? Should we just cancel Mother’s Day? and Can’t we have anything nice? Plus, something horrible is…
104: Anxiety
May 8, 2015 • 77 min
Biz and Theresa admit to all the things that keep us up at night and share our tricks for coping when our minds want to go off the deep end. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day? If you don’t already suffer from crippling anxiety, you…
103: What Will Our Kids Be When They Grow Up?
May 1, 2015 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa predict what our kids will be when they grow up, based on what they’re into now. (Hint: Someone LOVES throwing food, so he’s probably going to be a food critic!) We also come to the shocking realization that we may be letting our own…
102: I See London I See France, I See Mama Naked!
Apr 23, 2015 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa talk about whether and for how long it’s ok to be naked in front of our kids and vice-versa. And, as if that’s not awkward enough, we also discuss names for all those body parts that are out there in the open! Plus, Biz solves…
101: What Will Our Kids Remember?
Apr 16, 2015 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa wonder what our kids will remember of their childhoods and whether there’s any way to get them to treasure our genius moments as much as we wish they would? Oh, and of course, forget our failures? That’d…
Ep.100: It Was So Much Easier Back Then
Apr 10, 2015 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa celebrate our 100th episode! With our moms! We find out whether it really was easier being a mom back in the good old days before everything could kill us. Plus, no amount of glitter can decorate Biz’s fail, Theresa ruins Easter,…
99: If Only
Apr 3, 2015 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa talk wishful thinking, including the dillusion that “if only ____[insert complaint here]____ was different,” we’d feel better and be better moms. HA! If only it was that simple. Plus, Biz has a super laid-back attitude…
98: When Only Mama Will Do
Mar 25, 2015 • 84 min
Biz and Theresa talk about that special time in a child’s life when only Mama will do. We aren’t sure it feels as good as it should. Plus, Theresa compliments her partner, coughing drives Biz to the edge of madness, and we welcome back…
97: In-Laws
Mar 19, 2015 • 86 min
Biz and Theresa finally go there and talk about in-laws, oh my! Before we put our foot too far in our mouths we get insight into many of the issues created by joining families with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author of Don’t Roll Your Eyes:…
96: Time-Outs
Mar 12, 2015 • 69 min
This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa wonder if time-outs actually work and wonder how bad WE have to get for someone to send US to our rooms. Plus, Biz sets her kitchen on fire, Theresa takes a dive, and the creator of the ‘Dirt and Boogers’…
95: Kid Hair
Mar 5, 2015 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa tackle the tangled topic of hair! To cut or not to cut, that is the question. The answer is “no one cares.” Plus, Biz Leaves It To Beaver, Theresa totally eats it in this week’s fails, and we get outdoorsy with Peter…
94: We Give Up!
Feb 27, 2015 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa wonder why “letting go” feels so great but “giving up” makes us feel like losers? Clearly we’re having trouble deciding whether our glass of wine is half-full or half-empty. Plus, Biz offers a refuge for tired moms…
93: What DO You Do All Day?
Feb 20, 2015 • 69 min
We call bullshit on the “to do list” when none of the ten thousand things we do as a parent everyday counts as a thing we can cross off. Plus, Biz comes to the realization that any problems her kids have may not actually be her fault, Theresa plays…
92: Spoiled Rotten
Feb 13, 2015 • 54 min
This week, Biz and Theresa forgot to put the kids back in the fridge and they’ve gone SPOILED ROTTEN! Can a young child really be spoiled? Or is it just one of those descriptions we found so easy to toss around before we had kids and discovered…
Ep.91: TEENS!
Feb 5, 2015 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa make predictions about what life will be like when our kids become teens (…our conversation quickly turns to porn). Plus, Biz poses the question, “Which is worse: when your partner has a hard time with the kids, or when he…
90: Getting Deep About Strollers (aka Stop Hating Moms)
Jan 29, 2015 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa tackle the deepest of parenting topics…strollers. Have strollers become the symbol of all things evil about moms? Plus, the universe does not want Biz to enjoy a hamburger, Theresa is her own chiropractor, and we talk to…
89: Confidence
Jan 22, 2015 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa accidentally gain new insight into ourselves this week! OOPS! We talk about our self-confidence and what happens to it after we become parents. (Hint: It may get shit on.) Plus, Biz discovers there’s even MORE she didn’t…
88: A Visit From The Tooth Fairy
Jan 15, 2015 • 76 min
Biz and Theresa get a visit from the Tooth Fairy and discover we’re totally unprepared for both the high emotional cost and high monetary cost of a baby tooth these days! Also, Theresa learns all you need is a box and an imagination to…
87: Children Are The Worst Liars
Jan 8, 2015 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa discover that change is hard, especially when that change is your precious child starts lying to you…without the courtesy of being any good at it! Sadly, this isn’t one of those phases you can ignore in hopes they will grow out…
86: Toys Toys Toys
Jan 2, 2015 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa tackle toys this week! What’s better, eco wooden toys or plastic? Who cares! As long as they keep the kids amused so we have a minute to catch our breath. Plus, Theresa can’t answer any more kid questions…
85: Resolving to Be Awesome
Dec 19, 2014 • 63 min
Biz and Theresa discuss New Year’s resolutions and try not to be super judgy about them! Plus, Batman helps a 3-year-old poop on the potty, Theresa finds out why blender lids exist, and we speak with comedian W. Kamau Bell about…
84: Holiday Survival Guide
Dec 11, 2014 • 68 min
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate that brings feelings of cheer and MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF STRESS! Biz and Theresa discuss why the holidays can make even the most innocent of comments about your kids or…
83: Baby Mama Drama
Dec 4, 2014 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa want to know why we feel like crazy people when we worry about everything? Just relax, already! Clearly the vacation is going to pack itself! Plus, Biz reveals that french-kissing robots keep her marriage strong,…
82: Gratitude
Nov 25, 2014 • 72 min
On A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa put the attitude in gratitude, only to discover that kids don’t get the concept of empathy and thankfulness on their own. CRAP! More work for us! I mean, thank you for the…
81: Weaning
Nov 20, 2014 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa talk about weaning this week, which means there is bonus mom judging! Plus, Theresa really can’t cook and Biz isn’t trying hard enough to be a good mother. Our most uplifting show yet! To lighten the mood we have a special…
80: Mom Ruts
Nov 13, 2014 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa admit we’re sometimes in a rut. In fact, as moms we’ve been in almost every kind of rut there is (other than PODCASTING RUT, obvi). The question is how to get out of them? We propose inventing a new rut that’s actually an enjoyable…
79: Turning One, It Ain’t About the Baby
Nov 7, 2014 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa discover the answer to the question, “Who is the first birthday for anyway?” It’s us! So, where’s our bounce house? Biz’s younger self is disgusted with her older self’s view on Halloween candy, Theresa may…
78: Zombie Apocalypse!
Oct 31, 2014 • 76 min
On a very special Halloween episode of One Bad Mother, we talk zombie-apocalypse-readiness! (…A.K.A. emergency preparedness!) Clearly, we are prepared to have a three-day-supply of water and eat people. Theresa solves bedwetting forever and Biz…
77: Forgiving Ourselves
Oct 16, 2014 • 83 min
On a Very Special MaxFunWeek episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa seek forgiveness. Why is it so easy to forgive the people we love, but not ourselves? Plus, Katy Belle is in love, Theresa is not a monster, and best of all we talk with Dave…
76: Me, Myself & I…and My Baby
Oct 10, 2014 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa wonder what you’re supposed to do when you can’t take the time for yourself that everyone wants you to take unless you have the baby with you. Is it possible to have restorative time for ourselves…while…
75: Finding The Time To Talk
Oct 3, 2014 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa wonder how we find time to discuss family business with our partners, or — shock of all shocks — simply talk and connect with our partners?! How is it possible two people can live in the same house and not find time to talk? Oh,…
74: Let’s Lie To Our Kids!
Sep 26, 2014 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa wonder if lying to our kids is even a lie at all? Probably? It probably is still lying. Plus, Theresa is decidedly NOT gushing about preschool this week, Biz tries to figure out why Princess Leia needs a hairbrush, and we talk…
73: It’s Like We Don’t Have Kids!
Sep 19, 2014 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa try to have a conversation without mentioning our kids and get to know each other better as friends, not just mom-friends! Plus, Biz learns that “childproof” may not be applicable to her child, Theresa turns her car into a…
72: Preserving the Memories AKA Memory Hoarding
Sep 12, 2014 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa talk about preserving the precious memories we have about our children, only to discover that, as usual, we are each failing at it in our own special way! Plus, Biz finds herself trying to explain the…
71: The Second Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular - With Rants!
Sep 5, 2014 • 68 min
Woooooo! Kick back and bask in the glory of you, our listeners, as we celebrate your genius moments and failures in The Second Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular — this time with rants! From washing the diaper pail while washing yourself, to going too…
70: Mom in the Mirror
Aug 29, 2014 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa try to figure out how our childhood memories and images of moms fit — or don’t — with how we see ourselves now that we’re moms. There’s a good chance we’re over-thinking it. Plus, Biz discovers that the kindergarten playground…
69: Is Any News Good News?
Aug 21, 2014 • 53 min
Biz and Theresa explore the ways our consumption of news stories has changed since we’ve had kids. Hint: it’s gotten kinda hard. Also, riding high from the first day of kindergarten and too much coffee, Biz experiences some beautiful moments of…
68: Getting Poked! Shots, Doctor Visits & Vaccines
Aug 15, 2014 • 76 min
Biz and Theresa talk about taking our kids to the doctor and giving them shots! Guess who has no emotional issues seeing her kids get shots? Hint: Her name rhymes with Beresa. Plus, Theresa has a problem with sharing and Biz is shocked to…
67: Even Children Get Older
Aug 8, 2014 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa talk about our eldest kids’ birthday parties, what constitutes a momentous age, and how, when kids age, it means parents age! NOOOOOO!!!! Plus, the Universe reminds Theresa she can’t go anywhere…ever, and must be…
66: Guest Host Sarah Morgan Talks Motherhood & Baby-Led Weaning
Aug 1, 2014 • 61 min
This week Biz is on vacation and Theresa is joined by a guest host! Sarah Morgan is a UK-based comedy writer who also happens to write for MaxFun’s own International Waters. Don’t worry, Sarah swears enough to make up for Biz’s absence,…
65: Time To Go!: Departure Tantrums
Jul 23, 2014 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa talk about leaving…forever. Just kidding. We talk about the joys of dragging a screaming, unhappy child away from…anywhere! You name it: parks, play dates, Chuck E Cheese. How do we deal with it? Hint: cash bribes do not sway…
64: Kids Say The Darndest Things
Jul 18, 2014 • 74 min
Biz and Theresa try to anticipate the ramifications of teaching our kids fart jokes and songs about poop. Are we taking all the fun out of it? Are we creating “that kid” who brings dirty words into their friends homes? Probably yes, and yes. Oh, well!…
63: Postpartum Depression
Jul 10, 2014 • 75 min
Biz and Theresa fall back on “making jokes” as our defense mechanism while we tackle the topic of Postpartum Depression, the way the media portrays it, and our own experiences with the ups, downs and way-downs of post-baby life….
62: Summer!
Jul 4, 2014 • 58 min
Swimming! Camp! Pool food! Sunburn! Magazines! This week, Biz and Theresa reminisce about our own childhood summers and make excuses for not giving our kids perfect summertime experiences. Plus, Biz fesses up to co-sleeping with her baby and…
61: Let’s Get Pregnant Again!
Jun 27, 2014 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa want to know why, after all the misery of pregnancy and all the lack of sleep of life with a newborn, we would even think of having another baby. Where does that urge come from? Let’s kill it when we find out. Plus, Theresa…
60: Teething
Jun 20, 2014 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa talk about teething and back up the discussion with so many scientific facts that we consider having the show recategorized from comedy to science. (Note: “facts” stated by Biz and Theresa may not be true / may make you less…
59: Mom Guilt Part 2: We Should Be Enjoying This!
Jun 13, 2014 • 68 min
This week, on a Very Special Father’s Day episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa revisit the always-festive topic of Mom Guilt, and try to create a safe space to admit we don’t always like being a mom (eek). Plus, baby vomit!…
58: Body Image
May 30, 2014 • 68 min
Like our postpartum bodies, nothing is where it should be! First, our kids are growing up too fast, and our friends are looking too depressingly perfect on FaceBook. Next, we jump into our topic: we call Jen McLellan of, who…
57: Scarring Our Children Spiritually
May 23, 2014 • 57 min
Biz and Theresa try to answer the big questions, like: what happens when you die? “Go ask you father” apparently does not cut it. Theresa has a breakthrough and Biz’s daughter is finally excited to do things without Biz…weep,…
56: My Kids Hurt My Feelings!
May 15, 2014 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa talk about what it’s like when our kids hurt our feelings and how we try to deal with it. Hint: Slamming the door and telling them we can’t be friends anymore sadly is not the answer. Biz contemplates the…
55: Happy Mother’s Day, Now Eat!
May 9, 2014 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa remember back to what it was like celebrating Mother’s Day as kids. In retrospect, Mom may have gotten a raw deal, including having to share her dime store, rock hard, but picked with love, chocolates. Plus, we talk about…
54: Babies. Still Not Relaxing.
May 1, 2014 • 62 min
Biz and Theresa discover we’ve learned nothing from the first go-round and once again are unable to find time for ourselves amidst the chaos of life with babies. What’s worse? Parenting is still hard! Plus, Biz’s baby sees ghosts and…
53: Traveling With Kids / Making Dinnertime Easier
Apr 18, 2014 • 68 min
This week, Biz and Theresa try to be helpful. Wait! Where are you going? We talk about the joys and fears of traveling with kids, explore expectations, and give a few tips. Warning: Tip results may vary by family and child. Plus, we’re joined by…
52: Baby Daddy Resentment
Apr 10, 2014 • 55 min
Biz and Theresa talk about partner resentment and try to figure out WHOSE FAULT THIS IS. It must be somebody’s, right? (oh, hahaha…It’s obv our partners’ fault.) Plus, Biz needs someone to put a triscuit in her mouth and Theresa deals out some hard…
51: You’re Not Sick!
Apr 4, 2014 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa discover we are not alone when it comes to how our kids behave when sick. Why don’t they want to rest? Why did TV lie to us?! Theresa describes how hard it was to clean Jesse, Biz discovers she is about to embark on…
50: Sex
Mar 26, 2014 • 88 min
This week, we take our time and do the deed: we talk about sex. You know, the sex we’re all having ALL THE TIME after having a baby? OK, admittedly, we discuss the reasons why it might not be so easy to get back into the swing of things. (Hint: We…
49: Kids’ Music
Mar 20, 2014 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa talk about the big lie all soon-to-be parents tell themselves: ”I will never play kids’ music to my kids, only real music.” It’s funny how fast we broke down. Plus, excellent parenting advice on how to handle…
48: Mom Rage
Mar 14, 2014 • 67 min
This week, Biz and Theresa go there…to talk about the scariest place a parent can find themselves, the place where frustration can take us when dealing with our children (and it ain’t Chuck E Cheese). Plus, 4-year-olds and pinatas and…
47: Getting Emotionally Schooled
Mar 6, 2014 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa talk about the emotional roller coaster of letting your child go to school for the first time. Plus, Biz tries to convince you she has ghosts! We are joined by Asha Dornfest, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Life…
46: Genius/Fail Spectacular!
Feb 28, 2014 • 54 min
Our listeners star this week as Biz and Theresa play back-to-back Genius and Fail messages from the One Bad Mother hotline. Also, Theresa makes a horrible realization and Biz needs her kids to “level up.” Plus,…
45: Moms Are Really Cool
Feb 21, 2014 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa prove we are still really cool after having kids, Biz realizes she no longer feels judged for parenting decisions, and Theresa talks about how nice she was over the weekend. This is basically a show of lies. Plus, we’re joined by…
44: The Kids Are Alright
Feb 14, 2014 • 62 min
Brace yourselves! Biz and Theresa say nice things about our kids, our partners, and -GASP- even ourselves as moms! THE WORLD IS ENDING! Happy Valentines Day, indeed. Plus, Biz collects urine and Theresa rocks the workout wardrobe. We…
43: Sleep Training
Feb 7, 2014 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa navigate the judgey minefield of sleep training and barely escape with our lives, plus Theresa goes to a Mommy-and-Me movie and Biz lets Katherine Belle watch a movie NOT made for 4-year-olds. And, we get professional help from…
42: Take My Baby, Please!
Jan 31, 2014 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa try to figure out why it can be so hard to let other people hold your new baby. We also discuss bottle issues and we discover something that Biz can’t do with one hand. Plus, we talk about race and motherhood with Nicole Blades…
41: Managing the Madness
Jan 24, 2014 • 67 min
Theresa admits there are worse things than the first month with a newborn…such as, all the subsequent months. Biz gets creative with her feet. And, we come to terms with ever thinking just one baby was hard. Plus, we talk peeing your pants with…
40: Keepin’ it Clean
Jan 17, 2014
Theresa “moms up” getting the newborn out of her bed, Biz gets older, and we talk about cleaning house. Our guest this week is economist Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and…
39: Birth Stories and Newborn Life, Take 2
Jan 10, 2014 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa are back! This time with more children! After being away for so long without a great deal of social interaction with anyone other than our own children, we have really saved up “the good stuff,” from our latest birth…
38: The Holidays
Dec 19, 2013 • 62 min
This week, Biz is joined by her husband, Stefan, while Theresa enjoys her new baby. We talk about merging holiday traditions once you have kids. Turns out we may not have ever addressed it…on a podcast seems like a good time to do it. Cough. Plus,…
37: Parenting Online
Dec 5, 2013 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa discuss social media and parenting, from over-sharing to privacy settings to ignoring the fear that the internet is going to ruin your child’s life. (I know my child is a genius but I did post that picture of her shitting in the tub,…
36: Potty Time
Nov 27, 2013
Biz and Theresa talk about the pressure to potty train and offer very little insight into anything that might actually work. Does “she no longer pees on me or the good rug” count as training? We also talk to comedienne and singer-songwriter Adira…
35: Birth Control
Nov 13, 2013 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa talk about birth control and prove, once again, we are IN NO WAY the authorities on anything. But at least we don’t tell you breastfeeding is a form of birth control! Theresa has last-minute regrets about not spending more money to…
34: Halloween
Oct 31, 2013 • 67 min
This week we talk about crapping your pants because you’re scared rather than just because you’re 3 years old. Theresa asks the Great Pumpkin for a pregnancy hiatus, Biz loves Halloween, and we talk with Amy Storch, aka Amalah, the hilarious and…
33: Baby Movies
Oct 24, 2013 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa review and discuss two very different movies about childbirth. We aren’t sure which was more painful to watch…the fiction or the nonfiction movie. We also remember that we forgot to say something nice about siblings on our…
32: Birth Plans and the Joys of the Third Trimester
Oct 17, 2013 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa talk about how GREAT Biz looks (really great) and we share our birth plans as if we will actually have any real control over anything ever again. We are joined by returning guest Alice Bradley, co-author of Let’s Panic About Babies, to…
31: Siblings Gonna Hit
Oct 9, 2013 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa announce we are pre-recording some shows in anticipation of our new babies (you’re welcome), Theresa has a close call, and we talk about siblings. Are they worth the beatings? Then our fears of the emotional tolls of a second child on…
30: Babies May Not Be a Relationship Fixer
Oct 2, 2013 • 59 min
Biz and Theresa try to figure out why babies may add strain to a relationship and how to help prevent it. Hint: Don’t have a baby. Biz discovers that four-year-olds may not “get it” when you try to prepare them for major life changes and we enjoy the…
29: What Patience?
Sep 25, 2013 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa talk about preschool biting and Biz’s growing lack of patience. Why don’t kids understand they are driving you crazy? You tell them enough. Plus, we talk with Deesha Philyaw, co-author of Co-Parenting 101. The Brady Bunch it ain’t.
28: Judging and Jealousy
Sep 18, 2013 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa talk about judging and how hard it is to avoid being on the recieving and as well as the serving end. Then we talk about jealousy and how that plays into it. We are joined by returning guest Tresa Edmunds, aka Reese Dixon, for a…
27: Eat Your Vegetables!
Sep 11, 2013 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa talk about trying to feed our families good things and if that doesn’t work, bribing them to eat it. Plus we talk with kitchen living expert Coryanne Ettiene who gives us AMAZING ideas for meal planning and back to school lunches. She…
26: Mom Friends
Sep 5, 2013 • 57 min
Biz and Theresa talk Mom Friends: who needs them? …OK, we kinda do. So…how do we make any?
25: Gender, Part Two
Aug 29, 2013 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa continue their conversation about gender and talk about all the crap you get confronted with after the child is born. Dear Girls: I hope you like pink and cats! Dear Boys: I hope you like guns and NOTHING REMOTELY FEMININE! Plus, we…
24: Gender, Part One
Aug 21, 2013 • 69 min
Biz and Theresa try to figure out what color to paint the womb! (cough) We tackle part one of our look at gender division and how it starts before the baby is even born. We also talk to blogger and full-time dad Chris Routly of
23: Mom Guilt
Aug 15, 2013 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa discuss guilt issues. Surprise: Everything makes us feel guilty, including each other! We speak with Tresa Edmunds, aka Reese Dixon, lifestyle blogger, mom, mormon, activist… and that’s the stuff we DON’T get to in the interview!…
22: Baby Showers
Aug 7, 2013 • 64 min
Biz and Theresa try to decide whether baby showers are fun or stressful and attempt to come up with ways to feel better about the weirdness of opening presents for two hours in front of people. Bonus: Biz yells at you to ENJOY IT! Relaxing. Plus, we…
21: Adoption
Aug 1, 2013 • 67 min
Biz and Theresa confirm we know nothing about the process of adoption and speak with comedian Morgan Brayton about her experience adopting two children.
20: I Can’t Hear You Over My Biological Clock
Jul 18, 2013 • 62 min
Tick, Tick, BOOM! Biz and Theresa try to give advice to a friend about bringing up the big talk to a partner…wanting kids. If only “RUN!” was suitable advice. We also talk with the very funny woman behind “The Honest Toddler,” Bunmi Laditan.
19: Pregnancy: The Sexy Second Trimester
Jul 11, 2013 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the second trimester and tackle such issues as “feeling great: myth or fact,” genetic testing, and all the things we are about to kiss good-bye when the new baby comes. We are joined by Eden Kennedy and Alice Bradley, authors…
18: Don’t Say Anything to Pregnant Women!
Jul 4, 2013 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa discuss what makes people feel they can talk to pregnant women about their changing bodies, in particular when they use the word “fat” as something sinister even when making a baby, and how that makes us feel. Hint: Not good. We also…
17: Birthday Parties and Romantic Reading Time
Jun 27, 2013 • 74 min
Biz gets insulted by her nurse, Theresa has a well deserved Mom Meltdown, we talk about kids’ parties and wrap it all up with contemporary romance novelist, Rebecca Rogers Maher. It is just that kind of show this week.
16: Support Systems
Jun 20, 2013 • 70 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the need for support beyond our own partners and get some wisdom on the topic from singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell who is a single mom to twin toddlers conceived with the use of a sperm donor.
15: Father’s Day
Jun 13, 2013 • 66 min
Biz and Theresa celebrate Father’s Day by attempting to disprove the advertising world’s assertion that dads are idiots. We talk about our own dads and are joined by our husbands as they share their genius and fails! We call Al Madrigal, comedian,…
14: Don’t Say Mommy Brain
Jun 6, 2013 • 65 min
Biz and Theresa speak with author Anne Kreamer about the science of emotions in the workplace and what happens to our brains after having a baby. And we decide that moms have SUPERBRAINS.
13: Pets and Kids
May 30, 2013 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa talk about our four-legged babies and all the ways they add joy and unwanted extra noise to our lives with our children. We also speak with actress, blogger, and mom, Cynthia Silver, about losing a pet and fighting reality television.
12: Do You Even Like Playing With Your Kids?
May 22, 2013 • 73 min
Biz and Theresa admit playing with our kids isn’t always magical. We also talk with blogger Janelle Hanchett of
11: Birth Stories
May 15, 2013 • 63 min
WARNING! This week, Biz and Theresa share their birth stories. If you are even slightly hesitant to hear such personal details, we suggest you go with your instincts and listen to our Mother’s Day episode…again. Otherwise, settle in to hear about…
10: Mother’s Day
May 9, 2013 • 76 min
Biz and Theresa get so sentimental talking about moms and motherhood that we decide to go straight to the source and call our own moms. (Oh, yeah — and we spend some time blaming/threatening our husbands for not doing enough for us on Mother’s Day!…
9: Pregnancy: The First F%&#ing Trimester
May 2, 2013 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa reveal some big news and (hint) talk about the first trimester of pregnancy! We also talk with Alice Bradley, one of the authors of Let’s Panic About Babies!, who helps us understand what the heck is going on inside of our bodies right…
8: Making Time for Yourself
Apr 25, 2013 • 71 min
Biz and Theresa discuss the ever-elusive notion of ”time for yourself” and why it is so important. Hint, it will keep you from killing everyone. We speak with super-crafty mom blogger Natasha of who helps us learn that it…
7: Fear
Apr 18, 2013 • 68 min
Biz and Theresa share their fears as moms and talk to “The World’s Worst Mom” Lenore Skenazy, host of and author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts with Worry. Lenore helps us…
6: Mommy Wars
Apr 11, 2013 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa peacefully protest the “Mommy Wars” and speak with Janet Casey, founder of, a movement to support moms.
5: Smart Phone Addiction
Apr 3, 2013 • 72 min
Biz and Theresa discuss cell phones and parenting and how, like everything else, it is ruining our children. Why not listen while ignoring your own children? We speak with blogger Jill Cordes, who tries to help us with our personal device…
4: Labor Pains
Mar 27, 2013 • 62 min
Biz and Theresa talk about labor pains and we aren’t talking about the ones you have in the delivery room. Division of labor! We are joined by stand up comic Carolyn Castiglia ( and NickMom) who, in her single mom glory, reminds us we have it…
3: Breastfeeding
Mar 21, 2013 • 60 min
Biz and Theresa talk about breastfeeding and manage to stay friends despite all the judging. Then we talk to comedian Marion Oberle who reminds us we aren’t the only two moms in the world by sharing how her breastfeeding experiences were not only…
2: Mommy’s Little Helper
Mar 14, 2013 • 51 min
Biz and Theresa try to figure out if having a drink at the end of the day is a good idea (guess what we decide) and talk with Laurie Kilmartin, author of Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us.
1: Getting Pregnant…Again
Mar 6, 2013 • 42 min
Getting pregnant…again. Today on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa try to convince themselves getting pregnant again is a good idea and speak to Maternity/Baby/Child Photographer Martha Larson, a new mom, about how hard it is to take pictures of all…
0: Who We Are
Mar 6, 2013 • 24 min
I am not a magical vessel A.K.A. my child is great but I am not doing so well. The official prequel to Episode 1! This show gives you some insight into Biz and Theresa and how this show came about. We discuss how we handled the first year of having a…