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One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn. Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging and more laughing.

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288: I Want It! Plus, Feminist Author Kate Schatz

January 17th, 2019


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 …

287: Togetherness! Is There Anything We Like Doing As A Family? Plus Podcasters Manoush Zomorodi & Jen Poyant

January 10th, 2019


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 …

286: The 3rd Ever Holiday Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

285: I Can’t Find It! I’ve Looked Everywhere!

December 20th, 2018


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 …

284: Where Are We On The Mom-o-meter?

December 13th, 2018


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 …

283: Would You Want Another Parent to Tell You if Your Kid Did Something Not Great? Plus, Happiness with KJ Dell'Antonia

December 6th, 2018


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 …

282: Different Skills Sets. Plus, Diverse Books Advocate Alli Harper

November 29th, 2018


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 …

281: Am I Supposed To Want A Vacuum For Christmas?

November 21st, 2018


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 …

280: Tip Toeing Around Kids' Emotional Land Mines, Again! Plus, Libby Babbott-Klein on Baby Feminists

November 15th, 2018


Biz and Theresa take another look at the emotional land mines that lurk around every corner with kids. Everything going well? Wonderful! Wait! Is …

Ep. 279: We Love Our Kids When They’re Not Around! Plus Racism in Preschools with Dr. Kimberly N. Parker

November 8th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 278: Last Minute Miracles, Plus Reductress Co-founder Beth Newell

November 1st, 2018


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 …

Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sisters On Omens and Superstitions

October 30th, 2018


Turn on your nightlight, listeners! Biz is joined again by her sister, Helen Michelle, to talk about family superstations and prophetic dreams.

You …

Ep. 277: Drag Me To Personal Hell, Plus R.L. Stine!

October 25th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 276: I Still Got It! Plus Nightmares with Psychologist Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore

October 18th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 275: I’m Not A Mind Reader! Plus, Gwen Glazer's Spooky Book Recommendations

October 11th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 274: Oopsie Daisy! Kid Injuries Suck! Plus, Ghosts with Author Michael Leviton

October 4th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 273: Foster Parenting with Special Guests Including Adrienne Jubilee from C.A.S.E. and More

September 27th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 272: Do I Make Better Choices For Myself Now That I’m A Parent? Plus Dr. Krista Lauer talks Lice

September 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 271: It Sucks Right Now And Yes, I Know I’ll Miss It!! Plus TTC with Janet Manley from Romper

September 13th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 270: The 10th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants

September 6th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 269: I’m Going To Need You To Calm Down, Plus Sex Ed. With Debra Hauser and

August 30th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 268: The Things We’ll Do To Get Them To Do What We Want Them To Do...Wait, What?

August 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 267: Lemonade Stands! Plus, Actor Josh Hamilton

August 16th, 2018


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. …

Ep. 266: Packing! Plus Author Jessica Love

August 9th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 265: What’s the Deal With Pirates? Plus Author Angela Garbes on the Science of Pregnancy

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 264: Aw, Did You Make That For Me? Plus Alissa Quart on Why Families Can't Afford America

July 26th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 263: Whoa, Kids! Rewind! Be Kind! Plus Author Tim J. Meyers

July 19th, 2018


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!” …

Ep. 262: Maybe They Won’t Grow Out Of It, Plus Feeding Expert Jill Castle

July 12th, 2018


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 …

Ep 261: Stop Interrupting! Live From Chicago with Heidi Stevens

June 28th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 260: Farts! Farts! Farts! Plus Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer from the Forever 35 Podcast

June 21st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 259: Swimming!

June 14th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 258: Are You Trying Hard Enough Yet? Plus Novelist Rumaan Alam

June 7th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 257: The 9th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!

May 31st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 256: Mom Nagging! Plus Maternal Mental Health with Author Kate Rope

May 24th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 255: Bad Influences, With Lucy Knisley Live From Chicago!

May 17th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 254: I’m Not Yelling!

May 10th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 253: When Self-Care Feels Like Self-Sabotage, Plus Author and Renegade Mother Janelle Hanchett

May 3rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 252: Dogs Will Totally Prepare Me For Kids! With Guest Co-Host Renée Colvert

April 26th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 251: The Kids Are Bored plus Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee!

April 19th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 250: I’m Bored! Plus Kendal Esquerre on Representation

April 11th, 2018


Ep. 249: Tattling! With Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman

April 4th, 2018


Ep. 248: Bragging! Plus Stuttering Educator Jane Fraser

March 29th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 247: Witnessing Crushing Disappointment

March 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 246: On Hold, Plus Children's Book Author Airlie Anderson

March 15th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 245: Boundaries plus TiLT Parenting's Debbie Reber

March 8th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 244: Days Of The Week

March 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 243: How Did We Get Here?

February 22nd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 242: Older Kid Sleep and The Return Of Sleep Expert Dr. Jodi Mindell

February 15th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 241: The Rewards of Parenting: Do You Feel Rewarded Yet?

February 8th, 2018


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” …

Ep 240: Party Favors: The Garbage You Take Home! Plus Ophira Eisenberg on Change

February 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 239: Swears! Live from SF Sketchfest with Eliza Skinner

January 25th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 238: Birth Order: Is That A Thing?

January 18th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 237: Can’t Do It Without Getting Interrupted...So Nevermind!

January 11th, 2018


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, …

Ep. 236: The 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show

January 4th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 235: Oh, Look! We Found More Guilt! With Author James Breakwell

December 21st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 234: Budding Independence

December 14th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 233: Holiday Nostalgia! Stressing About Memories of The Future!

December 7th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 232: The House Made Me Do It plus Poison Control Expert Dr. Cyrus Rangan

November 30th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 231: The Confusing Moment When Things Go Well plus Screenwriter Kay Cannon

November 22nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 230: Playing Favorites plus Early Childhood Development Expert Dr. Gloria Walther

November 16th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 229: LIVE in Brooklyn! Kid Bedroom Decor w/ Ophira Eisenberg! Plus Adira Amram & The Experience!

November 9th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 228: I Am A Parenting Fraud plus Author James Patterson

November 2nd, 2017


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. …

Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings

October 31st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 227: They Can All Hear You When You Scream plus Liz Sower of "Ghosts in the Burbs"

October 26th, 2017


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” …

Ep. 226: You Sound Just Like Your Mother!

October 19th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 225: Things My Kids Take Forever To Do plus Poet Chris Harris!

October 12th, 2017


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. …

Ep. 224: Picture Day! Plus Author Morra Aarons-Mele

October 5th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 223: Batteries Plus Fertility Doula Sarah Kowalski Esq.!

September 28th, 2017


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, …

Ep. 222: Flexibility Hurts plus LGBTQ Literary Archivist Lee Wind!

September 21st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 221: Curiosity: Well, That’s Exhausting! LIVE with Kay Cannon!

September 14th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 220: The 8th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants!

September 7th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 219: Getting Out Of The House Is Hard Plus Bilingual Educator Keli Garcia Allen

August 31st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 218: Am I Failing At Letting My Kids Fail? Plus Educator Dr. Ama Mazama

August 24th, 2017


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! …

Ep. 217: Back To School Anxiety, Plus Actor and Children's Book Author Michael Ian Black

August 17th, 2017


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? …

Ep. 216: No Whine Before It's Time with Dr. Jennifer Verdolin

August 10th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 215: Why Am I Supposed To Like That?

August 3rd, 2017


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, …

Ep. 214: Bad Habits Live From San Francisco!

July 27th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 213: GLITTER!

July 20th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 212: Family Game Night, plus Anthonia Akitunde of

July 13th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 211: Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

July 6th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 210: What Will It Take To Get You Into Some Self-Care Today?, Plus Kazoo Magazine

June 22nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 209: The World Revolves Around Me…Maybe

June 15th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 208: Putting the "Self" in Selfishness

June 10th, 2017


Biz and Theresa are beginning to think we aren’t using the word "selfish" right. Wanting time for yourself so you can rest isn’t the same thing as shoving someone out of the lifeboat. As we find ourselves digging into …

Ep. 207: The 7th Ever Genius-Fail Spectacular! Plus Rants!

June 2nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 206: Sibling Fighting Plus Keeping Our Cool Up Through The Teen Years

May 25th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 205: Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number, Plus Professional Wrestling...As Moms!

May 18th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 204: Don’t Talk To Your Mother That Way!

May 11th, 2017


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? …

Ep. 203: Shut Up Mama! Plus Having A Child With Tourette's with Author Heather MacLean

May 4th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 202: My Kid Gets In Trouble At School, plus comedian Joe Sib

April 27th, 2017


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, …

Ep. 201: What Makes Me A Monster? plus Single Parent Adoption with Nefertiti Austin

April 20th, 2017

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 …

Ep. 200: I’m Afraid I’m Becoming Haggard and Broken!, plus Bryn Huntpalmer of The Birth Hour

April 13th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 199: Do You Like Me?, plus Kiera Butler, Senior Editor at Mother Jones

April 6th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 198: Another Birth Story! Thank You For Asking!, plus author Jancee Dunn

March 30th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 197: Kids Express With Their Dress, plus Corin Tucker

March 21st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 196: My Child Says She Doesn’t Have Friends! with guest host Tempest DuJour

March 16th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 195: Books Can Help! with guest host Gwen Glazer

March 9th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 194: Do I Have To Like My Kid's Friends? with guest host Nicole Blades

March 2nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 193: Alternative Family Set Ups with Guest Host John Roderick

February 23rd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 192: Speaking Two Languages At Home with guest host Stefan Lawrence

February 16th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 191: Kids and Alternative Facts with guest host Britt Erickson, plus Meg Collins of Lucie's List

February 10th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 190: Candy!, Plus Picky Eaters with Molly and Matthew from the Spilled Milk Podcast

February 2nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 189: The Winter Blues, Plus Graphic Novelist Jenny Jaeckel On Spending Five Months In The NICU

January 26th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 188: Gender Identity and Our Kids, with Lisa Kenney from Gender Spectrum

January 19th, 2017


Ep. 187: What’s In Your Bag? Plus Kristen Howerton of Rage Against The Minivan

January 12th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 186: Screw You, Resolutions! Plus Cognitive Sciences Expert Barbara Sarnecka

January 5th, 2017


Biz and Theresa revisit their resolutions from last year and are reminded that resolutions are bullshit! Seriously. Let's resolve to talk about cake …

Ep. 185: The First Ever HOLIDAY Genius-Fail Spectacular, With Rants

December 22nd, 2016


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 …

Ep. 184: Am I Doing This Right?

December 16th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 183: Who Needs Facts When You Have Your Gut?, plus Minna Dubin of #MomLists

December 8th, 2016


Biz and Theresa say, "facts schmacts!” Of course sugar makes kids hyper! Who cares if science says otherwise? Of course drool plus fever means …

Ep. 182: Driving In Cars With Kids

December 1st, 2016


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 …

Ep. 181: Let's Get Ready To Holidaaaaaay! Plus Mindfulness Expert Carla Naumburg, PhD

November 22nd, 2016


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 …

Ep. 180: You Win Some, You Lose Some, Plus Marriage Family Therapist Beth Hossfeld

November 17th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 179: The Little In-Betweens, plus Ijeoma Oluo on How To Be Wrong

November 10th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 178: Deciding to Stop Having Kids, plus Musician Laurie Berkner

November 3rd, 2016


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 …

Ep. 177: When Toddlers Hit: The Horror!

October 27th, 2016


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, …

Ep. 176: How To Change Gears Out Of A Parenting Funk, plus Guest Tempest DuJour

October 20th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 175: Back On The Potty Again, plus Potty Training Expert Jamie Glowacki

October 13th, 2016


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, …

Ep. 174: Schedule Changes Are Hard, Schedule Changes Are Hard, plus guest Janet Stickmon On Her Letters To Black Parents Visiting Earth

October 6th, 2016


Biz and Theresa discuss how major schedule changes, like dropping naps, later bedtimes, and new morning routines, are natural and unavoidable...not …

Ep. 173: Stay In Bed!

September 29th, 2016

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 …

Ep. 172: Milestones

September 22nd, 2016


Watch your step! Biz and Theresa are talking about milestones this week. From those developmental ones like walking and talking to the more emotional …

Ep. 171: Who's Really Getting Punished?

September 15th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 170: The 6th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants!

September 8th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 169: What We Do 'For The Kids,' plus Cool Dad Chris Kornelis

September 1st, 2016


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 …

Ep. 168: How Was Your Summer?, plus guest Faith Salie

August 26th, 2016

Biz and Theresa reflect on summer and wonder why, looking back, it didn’t seem like we had Plus, Biz wonders how you assess perfection, Theresa salutes parents going back to work, and we talk with comedian, …

Ep. 167: Tired of Being President, plus Teens & Sex In The Digital Age with Angela Arsenault

August 19th, 2016

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 …

Ep. 166: When Kids Act Sneaky, plus Infertility with Tracey B. Wilson

August 12th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 165: Why Don't My Kids Like This?!, plus Postpartum Peeing with Courtney Wyckoff

August 5th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 164: Who Are We to Other People's Kids?, plus Talking With Our Kids About Racism with Aya de Leon

July 28th, 2016

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 …

Ep. 163: When Kids Share a Room, plus NYPL Recommendations Librarian Gwen Glazer

July 20th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 162: Kid Hangovers, plus children's book author Julie Falatko

July 15th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 161: Two-Year-Olds Are Emotional, It Turns Out

June 30th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 160: Live from MaxFunCon: Slumber Parties!

June 23rd, 2016


This episode was recorded live at MaxFunCon on June 12th! We're talking slumber parties this week so it's time to freeze someone's bra and practice …

Ep. 159: Kid Art

June 16th, 2016


Biz and Theresa discuss our love for our kids' artistic creations and our simultaneous exasperation at the sheer volume of it. We explore ways to …

Ep. 158: We're Getting Really Bad At This

June 9th, 2016

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’ …

Ep. 157: The 5th Genius/Fail Spectacular

June 3rd, 2016


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 …

Ep. 156: Bribery

May 27th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 155: Parenting Karma

May 19th, 2016

Biz and Theresa ask if "parenting karma" is real and if just by saying something good is happening with sleep, eating, potty training….anything…you will JINX it and whatever was good will be bad. Just to be safe….let's …

Ep. 154: Let's Be Adults!

May 13th, 2016


Biz and Theresa try to remember what we thought being an adult was going to be like when we were kids and wonder if we lived up to those …

Ep. 153: Parenting in the Age of Daniel Tiger

May 6th, 2016


Biz and Theresa jump on Trolley and head into Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and wonder if all that singing is just a way to keep Mom Tiger from having …

Ep. 152: Sand. That's Also A Thing.

April 29th, 2016


SAND! Biz and Theresa dig deep to talk about how sand is everywhere and probably full of cat pee but we're going to keep going back for more …

Ep. 151: Mortifying Moments In Childhood

April 21st, 2016


Biz and Theresa open old wounds and share some of our most mortifying moments from childhood! We wonder how these experiences will come into play …

Ep. 150: My Life Is An Actual Sh*t-Show

April 14th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 149: Naptime Drama, Miscarriage, and Lessons of Parenthood

April 7th, 2016


Heads up! There are some discussions about miscarriage in this episode, so please be forewarned if that's a trigger for you. Or, maybe NAPTIME is a …

Ep. 148: The Reflexive 'No!' PLUS Talking With Our Kids About Sex and Gender

March 31st, 2016


Biz and Theresa hash out the possible reasons why Biz can’t stop saying “no” to EVERYTHING her kids want to do, even when there is no good reason for it. “No, you can’t play with that toy that is totally yours and is …

Ep. 147: Date Nights and Sex Ed.

March 22nd, 2016


It's the final week of #MaxFunDrive 2016! Support the show at Thank you! This week, Biz and Theresa talk about all the ways "date night" can go terribly wrong for parents and zero in on some tips …

Ep. 146: Dinner and Drinks

March 16th, 2016


It's the #MaxFunDrive! Support the show by visiting Thank you! This week, Biz and Theresa are talking about the guilt and drama surrounding family dinnertime. So sit still, eat your dinner, and …

Ep. 145: Clothes Make The Kids (If They Could Only Dress Themselves)

March 10th, 2016


Biz and Theresa try to decide how important OUR style is when it comes to what our kids wear. And does what they wear reflect on the job we're doing …

Ep. 144: Stickers Are A Thing!

March 4th, 2016


Biz and Theresa get deep and talk about...stickers! Where do they get stuck in YOUR house or car? Is permanent sticker damage to furniture avoidable or inevitable? Has exhaustion led to a lack of caring about the answer …

Ep. 143: Our Toddlers, Ourselves

February 25th, 2016


Biz and Theresa admit there are some (ok, MANY) times when we behave almost exactly like our toddlers. Shouldn't we have more patience for their …

Ep. 142: What Kids?

February 19th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 141: Homework

February 12th, 2016


Biz and Theresa discover the joys of homework. How does our history of loving or loathing homework play into what we want for our kids? Who is homework for kids under age six *really* for? If my kid pastes the square …

Ep. 140: WTF? Our Kids Are Unique Individuals?

February 5th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 139: Are Our Kids A Reflection Of Us?

January 29th, 2016


Biz and Theresa discuss the ways our kids' appearance and actions do or do not directly reflect on us as their parents. Why do we take credit for certain traits but shrug off other traits as being influenced by others …

Ep. 138: Parenting Message Boards

January 22nd, 2016


Trigger warning: Biz and Theresa talk about online parenting discussion groups! How is it possible these places can range from amazing lifelines to …

Ep. 137: Let's Catch Up!

January 14th, 2016


Biz and Theresa realize we need more time to check in on what's been going on recently. From favorite shows to the noise of clutter to feminist fireside chats with children, we let the little things in life take over …

Ep. 136: These Toys Suck

January 8th, 2016


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 …

Ep. 135: Looking Forward, Looking Back

December 24th, 2015


Biz and Theresa reflect on 2015 and look back at the resolutions we made a year ago to see how we did! (Surprise: it's a real mixed bag.) Then we …

Ep. 134: The Santa Talk

December 17th, 2015


Don’t listen with your kids because Biz and Theresa talk about Santa this week! Are we LYING to our kids? Or, creating a joyful and magical fantasy …

Ep. 133: Reading Is FUNdamental

December 11th, 2015


Biz and Theresa talk about kids' books and outside of a few, how totally horrible they can be. Is it ok to just skip pages or not even let our kids know some classic children’s literature exists? What about books about …

Ep. 132: On The Fence About Having Kids

December 4th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 131: Perfect Holiday Pressure

November 25th, 2015


Biz and Theresa wonder why we have this feeling that we're supposed to spend the holidays happily cooking traditional favorites in the kitchen with …

Ep. 130: Lunch Box Guilt

November 20th, 2015


Biz and Theresa talk about school lunches and wonder: how did we go from, “Yay, my child ate something to keep him going!” to, “I AM A FAILURE AS A …

Ep. 129: You Let Your Kid Watch THAT?!

November 13th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 128: Playground Etiquette

November 6th, 2015


Biz and Theresa talk about all the reasons we love playgrounds and all the reasons we fear them. Isn't it OK that some parents are following their …

Ep. 127: Halloween Costumes

October 30th, 2015


Biz and Theresa get into the spirit of Halloween with a discussion about costume pressures for kids and a whole other set of costume pressures for us …

Ep. 126: Why Aren't These Kids Having Fun?

October 16th, 2015


Biz and Theresa explore how intoxicating it is when we see our kids having fun and, just like being intoxicated, how bad it feels when we try to capture that buzz again and just can’t. Plus, Dr. Jessica Zucker returns …

Ep. 125: The Great Switcheroo with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark!

October 7th, 2015


Ep. 124: I Am My Own Worst Enemy

October 2nd, 2015


Biz and Theresa try to figure out why we can be so mean to ourselves. Maybe it's because we're jerks? HA HA HA. [Tears.] Plus, Biz can’t have …

Ep. 123: My Kid Broke The Rules and Lied About It

September 24th, 2015


Biz opens up about a recent parenting milestone: her kid broke a rule and then lied about it to her face! We hash it out and decide the best course …

Ep. 122: You Don't Craft?

September 18th, 2015


Biz and Theresa get crafty and wind up knitting a sweater of self-despair! What was supposed to be a light topic actually leads us into a discussion of our feelings of guilt, jealousy, and inadequacy as moms. Yay! Plus, …

Ep. 121: The 4th Genius/Fail Spectacular

September 10th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 120: Kids Are Loud

September 4th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 119: What Happened To My Personal Space?

August 28th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 118: More! More! More!

August 21st, 2015


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 …

Ep. 117: Are We Treating Our Partners Like Kids?

August 14th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 116: Pregnancy Loss

August 6th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 115: Where Can('t) We Take Our Kids?

July 31st, 2015


Biz and Theresa try to come up with a list of places society allows us to take our 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 …

Ep. 114: Are We Squashing What Makes Our Kids Special?

July 24th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 113: Sleep Regression

July 17th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 112: When Will We Be Normal Again?

July 10th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 111: Who Wins At Suffering?

July 3rd, 2015


Biz and Theresa explore the hardest parts of parenting and how "suffering" affects our relationships with our partners. Biz wants her husband to …

Ep. 110: Is My Child Leading a Double Life?

June 26th, 2015

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 …

Ep. 109: What Did That Baby Do To My Friend?

June 12th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 108: Toy Guns

June 5th, 2015


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, …

Ep 107: The 3rd Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular...With Rants!

May 29th, 2015


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!

Ep. 106: Crisis Mode

May 22nd, 2015

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 …

Ep. 105: Post-Mother's Day Mom Rant

May 15th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 104: Anxiety

May 8th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 103: What Will Our Kids Be When They Grow Up?

May 1st, 2015


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 …

Ep. 102: I See London I See France, I See Mama Naked!

April 24th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 101: What Will Our Kids Remember?

April 17th, 2015


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 …

Ep.100: It Was So Much Easier Back Then

April 10th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 99: If Only

April 3rd, 2015


Biz and Theresa talk wishful thinking, including the dillusion that "if only ____[insert complaint here]____ was different," we'd feel better and be …

Ep. 98: When Only Mama Will Do

March 26th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 97: In-Laws

March 19th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 96: Time-Outs

March 13th, 2015

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 …

Ep. 95: Kid Hair

March 6th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 94: We Give Up!

February 27th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 93: What DO You Do All Day?

February 20th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 92: Spoiled Rotten

February 13th, 2015


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 …

Ep.91: TEENS!

February 6th, 2015

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 …

Ep. 90: Getting Deep About Strollers (aka Stop Hating Moms)

January 30th, 2015


Biz and Theresa tackle the deepest of parenting topics…strollers. Have strollers become the symbol of all things evil about moms? Plus, the universe …

Ep. 89: Confidence

January 23rd, 2015


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 …

Ep. 88: A Visit From The Tooth Fairy

January 16th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 87: Children Are The Worst Liars

January 9th, 2015


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 …

Ep. 86: Toys Toys Toys

January 2nd, 2015


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 …

Ep. 85: Resolving to Be Awesome

December 19th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 84: Holiday Survival Guide

December 11th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 83: Baby Mama Drama

December 5th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 82: Gratitude

November 26th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 81: Weaning

November 21st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 80: Mom Ruts

November 14th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 79: Turning One, It Ain't About the Baby

November 7th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 78: Zombie Apocalypse!

October 31st, 2014


On a very special Halloween episode of One Bad Mother, we talk zombie-apocalypse-readiness! (...A.K.A. emergency preparedness!) Clearly, we are …

Ep. 77: Forgiving Ourselves

October 17th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 76: Me, Myself & I...and My Baby

October 10th, 2014

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 …

Ep. 75: Finding The Time To Talk

October 3rd, 2014


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 …

Ep. 74: Let's Lie To Our Kids!

September 26th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 73: It's Like We Don't Have Kids!

September 19th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 72: Preserving the Memories AKA Memory Hoarding

September 12th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 71: The Second Ever Genius/Fail Spectacular - With Rants!

September 5th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 70: Mom in the Mirror

August 29th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 69: Is Any News Good News?

August 21st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 68: Getting Poked! Shots, Doctor Visits & Vaccines

August 15th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 67: Even Children Get Older

August 8th, 2014

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, …

Ep. 66: Guest Host Sarah Morgan Talks Motherhood & Baby-Led Weaning

August 1st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 65: Time To Go!: Departure Tantrums

July 23rd, 2014


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? …

Ep. 64: Kids Say The Darndest Things

July 18th, 2014


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? …

Ep. 63: Postpartum Depression

July 11th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 62: Summer!

July 4th, 2014


Swimming! Camp! Pool food! Sunburn! Magazines! This week, Biz and Theresa reminisce about our own childhood summers and make excuses for not giving …

Ep. 61: Let's Get Pregnant Again!

June 27th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 60: Teething

June 20th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 59: Mom Guilt Part 2: We Should Be Enjoying This!

June 13th, 2014

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, …

Ep. 58: Body Image

May 30th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 57: Scarring Our Children Spiritually

May 23rd, 2014


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 …

Ep. 56: My Kids Hurt My Feelings!

May 16th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 55: Happy Mother's Day, Now Eat!

May 9th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 54: Babies. Still Not Relaxing.

May 1st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 53: Traveling With Kids / Making Dinnertime Easier

April 18th, 2014


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, …

Ep. 52: Baby Daddy Resentment

April 11th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 51: You're Not Sick!

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 50: Sex

March 26th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 49: Kids' Music

March 21st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 48: Mom Rage

March 14th, 2014


This week, Biz and Theresa go 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, …

Ep. 47: Getting Emotionally Schooled

March 7th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 46: Genius/Fail Spectacular!

February 28th, 2014


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, …

Ep. 45: Moms Are Really Cool

February 21st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 44: The Kids Are Alright

February 14th, 2014


Brace yourselves! Biz and Theresa say nice things about our kids, our partners, and -GASP- even ourselves as moms! THE WORLD IS ENDING! Happy …

Ep. 43: Sleep Training

February 7th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 42: Take My Baby, Please!

January 31st, 2014


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 …

Ep. 41: Managing the Madness

January 24th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 40: Keepin' it Clean

January 17th, 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, …

Ep. 39: Birth Stories and Newborn Life, Take 2

January 10th, 2014


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 …

Ep. 38: The Holidays

December 19th, 2013


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. …

Ep. 37: Parenting Online

December 5th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 36: Potty Time

November 27th, 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 …

Ep. 35: Birth Control

November 13th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 34: Halloween

October 31st, 2013


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 …

Ep. 33: Baby Movies

October 24th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 32: Birth Plans and the Joys of the Third Trimester

October 17th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 31: Siblings Gonna Hit

October 9th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 30: Babies May Not Be a Relationship Fixer

October 2nd, 2013


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 …

Ep. 29: What Patience?

September 26th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 28: Judging and Jealousy

September 18th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 27: Eat Your Vegetables!

September 12th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 26: Mom Friends

September 5th, 2013


Biz and Theresa talk Mom Friends: who needs them? ...OK, we kinda do. do we make any?

Ep. 25: Gender, Part Two

August 29th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 24: Gender, Part One

August 22nd, 2013


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 …

Ep. 23: Mom Guilt

August 15th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 22: Baby Showers

August 7th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 21: Adoption

August 1st, 2013


Biz and Theresa confirm we know nothing about the process of adoption and speak with comedian Morgan Brayton about her experience adopting two children.

Ep. 20: I Can't Hear You Over My Biological Clock

July 18th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 19: Pregnancy: The Sexy Second Trimester

July 11th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 18: Don't Say Anything to Pregnant Women!

July 4th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 17: Birthday Parties and Romantic Reading Time

June 27th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 16: Support Systems

June 20th, 2013


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.

Ep. 15: Father's Day

June 13th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 14: Don't Say Mommy Brain

June 6th, 2013


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.

Ep. 13: Pets and Kids

May 30th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 12: Do You Even Like Playing With Your Kids?

May 23rd, 2013


Biz and Theresa admit playing with our kids isn't always magical. We also talk with blogger Janelle Hanchett of 

Ep. 11: Birth Stories

May 15th, 2013


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. …

Ep. 10: Mother's Day

May 9th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 9: Pregnancy: The First F%&#ing Trimester

May 2nd, 2013


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 …

Ep. 8: Making Time for Yourself

April 25th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 7: Fear

April 18th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 6: Mommy Wars

April 11th, 2013


Biz and Theresa peacefully protest the "Mommy Wars" and speak with Janet Casey, founder of, a movement to support moms.

Ep. 5: Smart Phone Addiction

April 4th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 4: Labor Pains

March 27th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 3: Breastfeeding

March 21st, 2013


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 …

Ep. 2: Mommy's Little Helper

March 14th, 2013


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.

Ep. 1: Getting Pregnant...Again

March 6th, 2013


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 …

Ep. 0: Who We Are

March 6th, 2013


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 …

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