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Our Parents Did What?!

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A Tour of the Parenting Perils of Yesteryear

69 Episodes | 2019 - 2022


September 26th, 2022


It's our final episode of season 2!! And we're going out in a flash - flash photography, that is. In this extra long final episode, we're discussing the history of photography from the Victorian Era all the way up to …

Mini Episode - Bill Nye the Science Guy

August 2nd, 2022


No one makes science as cool and relatable as the one and only Bill Nye. He brought scientific concepts to the children of the 90s in a way that has …

Body Image

July 26th, 2022


Rounding out our series of puberty episodes, Diane gives us some facts about body image, the effects of social media on how teenage girls see themselves, and why teenagers are so darn stinky. We'll also do our best to …

Mini Episode - Boy Meets World

July 13th, 2022


This week, Diane tells us all about one of her most favorite shows from her childhood, Boy Meets World. We talk about the themes the show dared to explore, and those that it was too timid to embrace. It is a real piece …

Rites of Passage

July 6th, 2022


In the second installment of our series of puberty episodes, Jen provides some details into how first periods are celebrated throughout the world. We also take some time to look at the history of how boys become men …

Mini Episode - Wishbone

June 21st, 2022


Talking animals were all the rage in the 90s, and this left the door wide open for the edutainment masterpiece that was Wishbone. This PBS show …


June 14th, 2022


It's that time! Our podcast has reached puberty (we're over 50 episodes in, so this arbitrarily feels like our teen years) and to celebrate, we're …

Mini Episode - TGIF

June 10th, 2022


TGIF was a staple in the American experience throughout the 90s. A true example of lightning in a bottle, this block of shows dominated TV ratings for over a decade and brought us some of the most memorable family …


June 1st, 2022


In the second half of our foray into the use of drugs in infants, babies, and children, we bring you the fascinating history of opium! This is a …

Mini Episode - Rugrats

May 24th, 2022


This show was gauranteed to make an appearance as a mini episode at some point! Not many shows are as deeply loved as Rugrats. This was Nickelodeon in it's prime - mastering the art of balancing comedy and sincerity. …


May 19th, 2022


We're back after a brief mid-season break and are bringing you two episodes on the use of highly addictive drugs as medicines for children and babies in history. In our first episode, Diane describes the various uses of …

Mini Episode - Reading Rainbow

April 19th, 2022


Today's mini episode is all about one of the most beloved PBS programs of all time, "Reading Rainbow". Lovingly brought to life by the one and only Levar Burton, it's won an embarrassing number of awards and has enjoyed …

The Great Depression (Part 2)

April 13th, 2022


In the second half of our two-part series on The Great Depression, Diane describes some of the details of The New Deal and how government programs impacted the lives of children and families. The Great Depression was …

Mini Episode - Captain Planet

April 5th, 2022


Captain Planet: he's our hero! Gunna bring pollution down to zero!

This show is a beloved addition to our collection of mini episodes. Jen and Diane …

The Great Depression (Part 1)

March 29th, 2022


In the first of our two part series on The Great Depression, Diane goes over the history of the Great Depression and how it impacted families, children, and women. There are some surprising facts that come from this …

Mini Episode - Weinerville

March 22nd, 2022


Jen is certain that she is living in a parallel universe this week as Diane tells her all about a television show that rings zero bells. After her mini existential crisis, Jen listens intently as Diane tells her all …


March 15th, 2022


Our series on playgrounds is over, so we're taking a break this week with a one-off episode about the history and cultural significance of the …

Mini Episode - Dinosaurs

March 8th, 2022


It's another mini episode! Television in the 90s offered up some truly inspired and lasting material. But few shows were as groundbreaking, …

Playgrounds - Accessibility

March 1st, 2022


In our final episode in our exploration of Playgrounds, Diane shares what she has found about making modern playgrounds accessible to all children. We also discuss the resurgence of adventure playgrounds and touch upon …

Mini Episode - Anne of Green Gables

February 22nd, 2022


In our third mini episode of Season 2, Diane brings us back to 1985 to remember the much beloved Canadian TV miniseries, "Anne of Green Gables". It …

Playgrounds - Safety

February 17th, 2022


This week Diane shares her research into modern playgrounds and the leaps and bounds we have made in terms of safety. We'll go over some of the …

Mini Episode - The Secret World of Alex Mac

February 8th, 2022


Jen's first mini episode brings us some 90's tween drama like only Nickelodeon could bring us with "The Secret World of Alex Mac". What was this …

Playgrounds - The Slide

February 1st, 2022


In our second full episode of this season, Jen gives some more information about the history of playgrounds, focusing in this time on the slide. We …

Mini Episode - The Magic School Bus

January 25th, 2022


We're introducing something new this year - Mini Episodes! These bite sized episodes will come out in between our regular episodes and during Season …

Playgrounds - The Swing

January 18th, 2022


It's Season 2! Diane and Jen are back with a new set of wild episodes all about the history of parenting and child rearing. In this season, we'll be spending a few episodes diving deeper into one topic. So we're …

Episode 42: Congratulations!

August 23rd, 2021


Since beginning this podcast in early 2020, Jen and Diane haven't been able to see each other in person. In this episode, they are reunited and recording for the very first time in the same room! And Jen has a very …

Episode 41: Moms in the Workforce

July 29th, 2021


In this episode, we have a very special guest joining us to explore a topic that the three of us are highly invested in. LaWann Moses, from the More Than a Mother podcast, joins us to talk all about the history of women …

Episode 40: Gripe Water

July 10th, 2021


Way back in February of 2020, before the pandemic and before we had honed our sound quality, Jen and Diane recorded this episode about the origins of gripe water. So join us as we travel back in time (TWICE!) to …

Episode 39: Conversion Therapy

June 21st, 2021


Jen provides some personal and timely research in this episode in honor of Pride. We discuss the practice of conversion therapy, how it has changed over time, and the impact it has had on the queer community. At the end …

Episode 38: Rise of the Helicopter Parent

June 11th, 2021


Helicopter Parent. The term is usually uttered with rolled eyes and snide remarks. But when you take into account the circumstances of the 1980s …

Episode 37: Jell-o Salads

May 25th, 2021


What do the history of women in America and Jell-O have in common? More than you probably realize! In this episode, Jen explores the incredible road …

Episode 36: The Tea Party

May 18th, 2021


It all started when Jen bought Diane’s daughter an adorable unicorn and rainbow themed play tea set for her 2nd birthday. It got Diane thinking about how much she loved her own toy tea set growing up. Why was pretend …

Episode 35: The Brothers Grimm

May 10th, 2021


Snow White. Hansel and Gretel. The Frog Prince. Stories that are well known and beloved the world over. We can thank the very famous and very …

Episode 34: The Baby Cage

May 3rd, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by friend of the show Rachel Kuberry, who tells us all about the history of the baby cage and the historical importance of airing out babies. Why did these devices ever seem like a good …

Episode 33: The Dark Origins of Birth Control

April 27th, 2021


Birth control is ubiquitous in society today. It is so commonplace that we just refer to it as "the pill." But have you ever wondered how that pill …

Episode 32: Hospital Nurseries

April 19th, 2021


Throughout visual media, there are countless examples of the big window looking over a room of newborn, swaddles babies. The hospital nursery is a sight that most people are familiar with, but has really only been …

Episode 31: Baby Wearing

April 14th, 2021


If you are a 21st century mom you are probably familiar with the term baby wearing. It is very “in” right now, with wraps and carriers seen as not only functional, but also a fashion statement. Like many aspects of …

Episode 30: Child Beauty Pageants

March 24th, 2021


Few things are as quintessentially American as child beauty pageants. And it turns out, they also originated from our home state of New Jersey! In this episode, Jen takes us back to the mid 1800's to the beginning of …

Episode 29: Infant Inclined Sleepers

March 5th, 2021


Note: Today's episode contains some sensitive content related to infant deaths.  Please use caution when listening.If you had asked me 2 years ago …

Episode 28: Spit

February 6th, 2021


Spit has seemingly endless examples of cultural significance throughout the world. It's with that in mind, that Jen travelled down the spit in …

Episode 27: Presidential Kids

January 19th, 2021


Growing up is hard enough when you're just a regular kid. But can you imagine growing up at the most famous address in the country, while the whole …

Episode 26: The Baby Zoo

December 30th, 2020


In order to celebrate the end of this truly miserable year, we are sharing a story that is similarly upsetting. Jen presents her findings on the …

Episode 25: Christmas Toy Riots

December 16th, 2020


Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like an angry mob of customers fighting over a children's toy. With the advent of online shopping, crazy store …

Episode 24: Thanksgiving Masking

November 24th, 2020


If you live in America, you may be under the assumption that Halloween has always cornered the market on dressing up in costumes. But you would be …

Episode 23: Griswold v Connecticut

November 3rd, 2020


You may be wondering why we are talking about a Supreme Court case on a show about the history of parenting, right? Well, we have the answer! The …

Episode 22: Dr. William Smellie

October 21st, 2020


Every new mom can attest to the fact that babies, especially newborns, love to suck. Their fingers, their toes, a bottle, a breast, and for some babies even a pacifier. So today, we explore the history of that infamous …

Episode 21: Pacifiers

October 8th, 2020


Every new mom can attest to the fact that babies, especially newborns, love to suck. Their fingers, their toes, a bottle, a breast, and for some babies even a pacifier. So today, we explore the history of that infamous …

Episode 20: Infant Exposure

September 22nd, 2020


2020 might not be the craziest year for the US Postal Service after all. Back in 1913, parcel post was introduced and in no time at all, people had started shipping all kinds of unexpected packages, including their …

Episode 19: Maternity Clothes

September 8th, 2020


2020 might not be the craziest year for the US Postal Service after all. Back in 1913, parcel post was introduced and in no time at all, people had started shipping all kinds of unexpected packages, including their …

Episode 18: Mailing Babies

August 25th, 2020


2020 might not be the craziest year for the US Postal Service after all. Back in 1913, parcel post was introduced and in no time at all, people had started shipping all kinds of unexpected packages, including their …

Episode 17: Mom Shaming

August 13th, 2020


We've all heard the term "mom shaming," but what does it really mean? And when did it begin? In reality, we are all probably guilty of playing a part in the mom shame game, often unintentionally. Let's dive into the …

Episode 16: The Family Vacation

July 28th, 2020


While the pandemic is keeping many of us from our usual summer plans, we thought we'd share some of the fascinating history of family vacations with you all. We'll look at summer camps for children, family road trips, …

Episode 15: The Prescience of Toys ‘R’ Us

July 6th, 2020


“I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys 'R' Us kid!” We all remember the jingle, and the excitement of stepping into a Toys 'R' Us in its heyday. With its rows and rows of toys, the possibilities were endless! And then we …

Episode 14: The Fabulous Patricia Carter

June 23rd, 2020


Come join us for a side-splitting episode that looks at the life and times of Mrs. Patricia Carter, the original Free Birthing guru! Pat is a riot and we definitely wish she was still around for us to go out for drinks …

Episode 13: Baby Names

June 8th, 2020


This week, we have our very first guest host, Whitney from the How She Moms podcast! Whitney joins us to share her fascinating research into the history of baby names in America. She described some of the naming trends …

Episode 12: The Baby Thief

May 18th, 2020


Ok everybody - buckle up. On this week’s episode we explore something a little sinister: babies being stolen from their mothers and sold on the …

Episode 11: The Little Albert Experiment

May 5th, 2020


John B. Watson and his infamous Little Albert Experiment may be little more than a footnote in the history of parenting and childrearing. But they are a fascinating and important one. Jen presents her research into the …

Episode 10: Parenting Advice

April 28th, 2020


Have you ever tried to find the perfect book to help you cope with the shear terror that is parenthood. Yeah, we've been there, too! In this episode, Diane takes us through the many different eras and styles of …

Bonus Episode: OPDW Live – Fairy Tale Cannibals

April 25th, 2020


It's our first ever live episode! Listen in as Jen and Diane host this special bonus episode on Instagram Live. The ladies go over some of the most famous and beloved fairytales from their childhood, specifically the …

Episode 9: Nickelodeon

April 13th, 2020


Ah, the sweet memories of running home after school to catch your favorite cartoon on what may be the most iconic children’s television network of …

Episode 8: Pox Parties

March 30th, 2020


This week, we're taking a look at a slightly more recent practice: the pox party! There are plenty of people alive today who have been to one. Jen gives some history on pox parties, their modern day equivalents, and …

Episode 7: The Incubator Babies of Coney Island

March 16th, 2020


It's hard to imagine there was ever a time in our history when we lacked the tiny incubators designed for premature babies that we see in the NICU nowadays. We have a man named Dr. Couney and his turn of the century …

Episode 6: Knucklebones

March 2nd, 2020


Jen set out to provide a brief history into children's toys, but quick discovered what a foolish plan that had been. The wealth of information on any …

Episode 5: The Tooth Fairy

February 17th, 2020


Of all the mythical figures we know and love, the Tooth Fairy seems to have the most elusive backstory. Where did she come from, and why the heck do …

Episode 4: Clothing

February 3rd, 2020


Run Time: 32 minutes, 23 secondsLittle boys in "skeleton suits"Teen boy with frilled collarHistoric photo of boy wearing skeleton suit.Illustration …

Episode 3: Diapers

January 20th, 2020


Diapers as we know them today are a fairly new commodity in the grand scheme of the history of parenting. But, before Pampers and Huggies, our ancestors used some pretty crazy materials to diaper their babies. Wood …

Episode 2: Baby Food

January 20th, 2020


Peas, and apples, and carrots, oh my! When did baby food become commercialized, and what on earth is dessert baby food?? We cover this, and so much more, on this week's episode! Join us as we explore the history of baby …

Episode 1: Car Seats

January 20th, 2020


Have you ever heard of the Tot Guard? We hadn't, either! Until we took a deep dive into the history of car seats. In this episode, we go way back to …

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