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Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always.Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly; 2016 Iris Award winner for best parenting podcast.

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Our annual Cool Picks of the Week Holiday episode | Spawned Ep 180

It's here! Our annual Cool Picks of the Week Holiday episode, where we share all of our favorite gifts for everyone on your list from our holiday gift guide. This year, we're highlighting our picks from small makers, indie artisans, and lots of female-run businesses. If you love hearing our Cool Picks of the Week, you're going to love this episode. We're happy to welcome our sponsors Prodigy, a fantastic program that helps kids attain math success, as well as Circle, a smart device that helps families monitor their kids' online activity. Check our show notes at CoolMomPicks.com for special offers from both of our sponsors. Head over to our Cool Mom Picks podcast page to shop see all of our picks. And if you want to say "hi" drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com. We're also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but you probably already knew that.


10 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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How to make more time so you can do more of what you love | Ep 138

If you've ever wished for more time like us, then you'll be so glad to listen to the wise words and experience of author Jake Knapp. He shares some of the techniques from his new book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. He's got so many amazing tips, tricks, and thoughtful tidbits that you can implement right now. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week.Head over to our Cool Mom Picks podcast page to get more information about Jake's book, our awesome episode sponsor, and our cool picks. We love hearing from you, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and hey, drop us an email. We love hearing from you! 


22 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 02: There Will Be Blood

We're glad you found us! In this episode, we talk about parents trying to keep up with TV and movies, and Liz springs a pop culture pop quiz on Kristen, who is the best sport about it ever. We also discuss the new hot sport in America: Public shaming of parents on cell phones in the playground. (So fun!) Is there legitimacy to the complaints or is it overblown? Maybe a little of both? Plus we share each of our favorite Cool Picks of the Week that we hope you like too. Oh, and keep an ear out for lots of milkshake references and a random mention of postpartum mesh panties.  Do you have a question for Kristen and Liz? A topic idea? A funny story? Are you just feeling the need to talk to someone who can actually discuss R rated movies with you? You can find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks with hashtag #spawnedshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/coolmompicks, on Instagram @coolmompicks, or email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Also visit coolmompicks.com for show notes and links to the topics you heard about here today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss an episode and leave a nice review if you're so inclined. We’re so happy you joined us! This episode is brought to you by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. SPAWN  listeners can save 40% on their first month today with promo code SPAWN. Learn more at www.littlepassports.com/SPAWN.


17 Jun 2015

Rank #3

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Surviving and thriving as a new working mom | Ep 167

Working motherhood has evolved since our kids were babies. How has it changed? How has it stayed the same? What can women do to make the transition back to work easier? We chat about all these questions and more with Amy Nelson, CEO of The Riveter and mom of 4 (including a newborn, who makes a cameo on our show). She shares her advice about asking for help, setting boundaries, and making time for yourself. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week. Our sponsors this week: Don't Wait Up, the new hilarious book about motherhood by Liz Astrof, available now wherever you buy books. And Osmo, a unique gaming accessory that brings healthy screen time to kids of all ages by combining both physical and digital interactions with play-based, hands-on learning. Try an Osmo Sampler for free! We love hearing from you! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. You can find more links from our show on our podcast page on Cool Mom Picks.  


13 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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What if raising unplugged kids is a terrible idea? Ep. 146

Let's face it, parents: screens are here to stay. So why are we still so ambivalent about them? Maybe being unplugged isn't actually the best way to help our kids thrive in this digital world. Our guest, speaker, author, and cool dad Jordan Shapiro, shares a new way approaching technology with our kids in his new book "The New Childhood: Raising Kids To Thrive in a Connected World." We think you'll appreciate his refreshing and perhaps controversial perspective on this topic. You can find all the links from our show on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. We love hearing from you! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Drop us an email and let us know what you think: spawned@coolmompicks.com. 


25 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Why ignoring your kids could be the best thing for them | Ep 120

With back to school right around the corner, or already here for some of you, we're chatting with Dr. Catherine Pearlman, author of Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction. She's got so many awesome tips and tricks to help parents deal with all those difficult behaviors that drive us all batty, and seem to spike right around back to school, aka now. Got questions or comments for us? We love hearing from you! Please drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Facebook, or tweet us with the hashtag #SpawnedShow. 


16 Aug 2018

Rank #6

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How to be a bare minimum parent | Ep 134

If you're familiar with helicopter parenting, sorry, we're not talking about that. We're welcoming back the hilarious James Breakwell (aka Xploding Unicorn on Twitter) to talk about pretty much the opposite: bare minimum parenting. It also happens to be the title of his new book. He chats with Liz about school, social media, sanctimommies, and other things that don't start with the letter "s." We love hearing from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us @coolmompicks with #spawnedshow, and hit us up on Facebook. 


8 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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How to deal with mean girls (no, not the Broadway musical) | Ep 117

We've probably all dealt with at least one mean girl in our lifetime, but now they're getting younger, and well, meaner. Our guest Katie Hurley, therapist and author of the new book "No More Mean Girls" helps us tackle this topic with smart tips and advice. Whether or not you're in the weeds with navigating challenging social situations with your kids, you'll definitely want to listen to this show, and grab a copy of Katie's book. You can get all the links from our show over on our podcast page at Cool Mom Picks. And be sure to hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, and email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. We love hearing from you! 


16 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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How to enjoy, not endure, your kids with Casey O'Roarty | Ep 155

Parenting isn't something that's happening to us. It's something that's happening for us. Our guest Casey O'Roarty taps into her 20 year experience as a parenting coach (as well as author and podcaster) to share how to enjoy, not endure, your kids. No matter how old your kids are, we think you'll be inspired by this conversation as we were. We're happy to welcome Coding with Kids and Picture Play as sponsors of today's episode. Be sure to take advantage of the earlybird special pricing for Coding With Kids' online coding camps. And, save $3 off your purchase of Picture Play, a super handy e-book that will totally up your photo game. Use code SPAWNED at checkout.You can find all the links to our show on our podcast page! And please make sure to follow us on social: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 


28 May 2019

Rank #9

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You are a f*cking awesome mom with author Leslie Bruce | Ep 169

Here's an obvious statement: Motherhood is hard. And often, we feel like we're doing a sh*t job at it. That's why I was so glad to chat with author Leslie Bruce about her new book "You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom." I just love her honest, hilarious take on motherhood that I think you'll enjoy hearing too. Our sponsor: VSP Individual Vision Plans allow you to give the gift of affordable eyecare. As someone who had a child with an undetected vision issue and no vision insurance, I would have loved this as a gift. You can find us on social media, and our website CoolMomPicks.com. Leave us a 5-star review and tell a friend about us. 


17 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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How to raise creative, imaginative kids in a digital world | Ep 142

Raising creative, imaginative kids in a world where our kids are tempted by screens can be challenging, which is why we enlisted the help of podcasters and improvisers Peter McNerney, of Story Pirates and Beth Newell, of We Knows Parenting. They've got some helpful advice when it comes to using improv in your parenting, plus simple tips and tricks to do everything from change up your story time to making your meals more interesting. And, as always, we close our show with our Cool Picks of the Week. You can reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and be sure to email us with questions or comments at spawned@coolmompicks.com. All of the links we mention in the show will be on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page.


18 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Kids and nutrition: The good, the bad, and what we can do better | Ep 162

If you're like us, then you're often confused by all the different research, reports, and news when it comes to feeding kids. More protein! Less protein! You get the idea. Well, our guest Nicole Turner Ravana, a nutritionist who's working with our sponsor Ready Pac Foods, has lots of great advice and insight into knowing who to trust, plus lots of great, practical tips too. And as always, we close out our show with our cool picks of the week. This week's sponsor is Ready Pac Foods Bistro Salads, a fresh, convenient on-the-go lunch option perfect for busy parents. You can find their class salads, along with creative combos, as well as their Ready Snax snack packs in the produce section of your supermarket, or learn more at readypac.com. Make sure to visit Cool Mom Picks for all the links we mention in the show. And be sure to follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 


12 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Ep 57: Things not to say to a working mom

After a Cool Mom Picks Facebook post about an uber-for-kids service we featured on our Cool Mom Tech site blew up with a nasty comment about working parents, we just had to talk about it. On this episode, we're sharing the comment in question, plus real things fellow working parents have actually heard. You might not believe they're real. We try to figure out why people decide to say this stuff out loud, plus share our tips for staying sane and keeping your head above water as a working parent. Plus, we share our Cool Picks of the Week. You can find all the links from our podcast on Cool Mom Picks. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook, or drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com. 


27 Oct 2016

Rank #13

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Ep 53: Work-Life Balance is a Big Fat Lie! with Samantha Ettus

We're debunking the whole "Work-Life Balance" myth with best-selling author Samantha Ettus, with solid ways to help you ditch mom guilt, the best kind of multi-tasking, and why Shonda Rhimes is the queen of email management, plsu a whole lot more. You'll find information about Samantha's new book The Pie Life, plus all the links and cool picks we chat about on our show over on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And, please take a moment to say "hello!" We're on Twitter, Facebook, and email: Spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening! 


29 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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Should you quit Facebook? | Ep 106

With the recent Cambridge Analytica data breach and myriad privacy issues, we're taking a closer look at whether it's worth staying on Facebook. And if we do, how do we keep our information safe? We're sharing various perspectives on the pros and cons of Facebook, as well as what you should do going forward if you decide to stay. Plus, we share our Cool Picks of the Week. Got thoughts? Comments? Questions? Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Facebook (yep, we're still there), or tweet us using the hashtag #SpawnedShow. And head over to Cool Mom Picks to see all the links from our show. 


17 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Have youth sports gotten out of control? Ep 107

With 13-year olds getting recruited by colleges, and a lawmaker in New Jersey warning parents not to get physical at kids' sports games for fear of jail time, we decided to tackle the complicated topic of kids sports on this week's episode of Spawned. Have youth athletics gotten out of control? Kristen and special guest Lisa Barnes (who filled in while Liz was away) share their own personal experiences with a combined seven kids in sports of some kind, and offer their own advice. You can find all the links we talk about on today's show over on CoolMomPicks.com. And we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com, tweet us @CoolMomPicks #SpawnedShow, or say "hi" on Facebook.


23 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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Ep 70: Expert time organization tips (that really work!)

Who doesn't want more time in their day? On this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we take a close look at 5 popular time organization techniques from the experts and talk about how they could work (or not) for parents. We bet you'll appreciate these smart ideas that could really help make your life as a busy parent easier. And, as always, we share our cool picks of the week. You can find everything we mentioned on the show over on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you think about the show. We're on Twitter (use #spawnedshow), Facebook, and Instagram. Or, email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com. 


29 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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Playing with kids without losing your mind | Ep 88

Not every parent has the time (or patience or uh, interest) to play racecars for hours on end. GUILTY! So we're chatting with Meredith Sinclair, TODAY Show play expert and author of Well Played to get some much-needed tips. We discuss how to make play more fun (for parents too), why we all need more play right now, the great tech toy debate, and score lots of toy and game recos that parents should add to our arsenals. | Questions? Comments? Compliments? Find Kristen + Liz  @coolmompicks #SpawnedShow on social media, or hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!


9 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Better parenting through ignoring your kids | Ep 84

Is it okay to ignore your kids when they're being pains in the you-know-what? Family coach and LCSW, Catherine Pearlman, the author of the new book "Ignore It" says yup!  But...with a few caveats. If your kids have ever acted up (mayyyybe once, right?) tune in and learn about her smart technique, and how ignoring is not the same as neglecting. We think you'll get some great tips out of it! We sure did. | Questions or comments? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or find us on social @coolmompicks using hashtag #spawnedshow. Thanks for listening! 


9 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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How to Be a Happier Parent, with KJ Dell'Antonia | Ep 121

This week, we're so happy to be joined by NY Times Motherlode Sr Editor, and "How to Be a Happier Parent" author KJ Dell'Antonia to talk about....well, you guessed it! How to be a happier parent. Only there's no shaming here. No guilt. No OMG I AM DOING EVERYTHING WRONG AND WILL NEVER RECOVER! Just humor, great tips, a few honest confessions, and a reminder that we all do a lot of stuff right, so stop beating yourself up! \\ Comments? Questions? Hit us up at spawned@coolmompicks.com or visit @coolmompicks on Twitter, FB or Insta with hashtag #spawnedshow


22 Aug 2018

Rank #20