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Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

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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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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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So happy I found this podcast

By Kristy1204 - Jul 16 2019
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These two are just fun to listen to! It’s light, insightful, funny, and full of helpful tips for busy, everyday moms- One of my favorite podcasts!

My best commute companions!

By me(g)an - Apr 29 2019
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This podcast has been a damned godsend for my 50 mile commutes! Love it!

iTunes Ratings

248 Ratings
Average Ratings
201
25
7
6
9

So happy I found this podcast

By Kristy1204 - Jul 16 2019
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These two are just fun to listen to! It’s light, insightful, funny, and full of helpful tips for busy, everyday moms- One of my favorite podcasts!

My best commute companions!

By me(g)an - Apr 29 2019
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This podcast has been a damned godsend for my 50 mile commutes! Love it!
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Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

Updated 14 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: How to deal with sanctimommies (and tame your own) | Spawned Ep 166

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After Kristen spotted the pile-on that was Jessica Simpson's choice to let her oldest daughter dye her hair, we decided it was high time we chatted about sanctimommies. On this episode, we talk about how to deal with them, and how to quell your own inner beat. Hint: We all have one inside of us. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week.

This week, we're thrilled to welcome back our sponsor Don't Wait Up, the new hilarious book by Liz Astrof, now available wherever you get books. Also, Ritual is back as a sponsor, and Liz is still taking them. We've got a special offer just for Spawned listeners too: 10% off your first three months when you order through this link. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! They help us bring our podcast to you each week for free. Yay!

We love hearing from you. Hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Or drop us an email at spawned@coolmompicks.com. And be sure to visit our podcast page for all the links from our show.
Aug 06 2019
53 mins
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Rank #2: Surviving the Toddler Years with Dr. Heather Wittenberg: Ep 131

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The toddler years come with quite a reputation for putting parents through the ringer. But thanks to this week's guest, Dr. Heather Wittenberg, aka The BabyShrink, you might be able to maintain a bit more of your sanity. She answers questions our readers and listeners shared with us on social media and well, we think you'll be glad you listened whether you have toddlers or not. And as always, we close out our show with our Cool Picks of the Week.

You can find all the links from our show on our Cool Mom Picks podcast page. And we love hearing from you! Email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, hit us up on Facebook, or tweet us with the hashtag #SpawnedShow.
Nov 14 2018
29 mins
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Rank #3: Ep. 01: The Dawn of Spawned

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Kristen and Liz welcome you to the premier episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. (What are the chances that we are hosting a show with our own names in it? That worked out so well!) In this episode we talk about how we came up with the name Spawned, and why we decided not to go with The Cereal Podcast. We also discuss tips for managing your kids’ screen time—and maybe your own — and our idea for a 5 Judgy Things List that every parent is allowed to have. Plus we share each of our favorite Cool Picks of the Week that we hope you like too. And there may be a reference to the Grease lyrics that went over our heads when we were kids, if you listen closely.
 
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 whose food you do not have to cut on a regular basis? You can find us on Twitter at @coolmompicks, 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 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!
Jun 10 2015
22 mins
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Rank #4: Why ignoring your kids could be the best thing for them | Ep 120

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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.
Aug 16 2018
34 mins
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Rank #5: How to raise creative, imaginative kids in a digital world | Ep 142

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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.
Feb 18 2019
40 mins
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Rank #6: What if raising unplugged kids is a terrible idea? Ep. 146

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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.
Mar 25 2019
37 mins
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Rank #7: Ep 17: What manners do kids need to know?

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Here's hoping Emily Post doesn't roll over in her grave after hearing Liz and Kristen's discussion about kids and manners. What should kids know? How do you decide what to teach your kids? Also, Kristen and Liz talk about Halloween costumes for kids and why they seem to have gotten so sexy, or as Liz's daughters call them, sassy. And as always, we share our cool picks of the week.
Catch up on all the links from our show over at coolmompicks.com, and don't forget to subscribe to Spawned on iTunes so you never miss an episode. Thanks for listening!
Sep 30 2015
27 mins
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Rank #8: How to make more time so you can do more of what you love | Ep 138

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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!
Jan 22 2019
42 mins
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Rank #9: Ep 70: Expert time organization tips (that really work!)

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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.
Mar 29 2017
33 mins
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Rank #10: Ep 29: Expert organization tips (that aren't boring)!

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Yes, perhaps it's a bit cliche' but we couldn't help but tackle organization with inside tips and tricks from five top organizational experts. Maybe you, like Liz, will find something that will finally click and magically whip your house into shape. But first, a lively discussion about rules amongst friends, and why Kristen wants you to tell her she's got food stuck in her teeth. And as always, we're sharing our cool picks of the week. 
For all the links we mention on our show, be sure to head over to our podcast page on CoolMomPicks.com, and feel free to connect with us on Twitter (@CoolMomPicks #SpawnedShow), Facebook (@CoolMomPicks), and via email: spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Today’s show is brought to you by the new Middle grade novel The Terribble Two Get Worse, the hilarious sequel to The Terrible Two, which spent over 10 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Jan 14 2016
37 mins
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Rank #11: Ep 68: How to get kids to eat better.

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Whether you've got a kid who eats everything or the same four foods over and over, we've got tips, tricks, and helpful advice from our Cool Mom Eats food editor (and mom of 2), Stacie Billis that you won't want to miss. Tapping into her background in child development as well as her many years as a food writer, Stacie shares her advice on everything from how to get kids to eat better to ways to encourage picky eaters to try new foods, all without driving yourself crazy. Or, too crazy, that is. Plus, we share our cool picks of the week!

Head over to our Cool Mom Picks podcast page to get what you might have missed during the show, and feel free to reach out to us with questions and comments. We love hearing from you! We're on Twitter @coolmompicks #SpawnedShow, Facebook, or drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com.
Feb 22 2017
47 mins
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Rank #12: Ep 53: Work-Life Balance is a Big Fat Lie! with Samantha Ettus

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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 TwitterFacebook, and email: Spawned@coolmompicks.com. Thanks for listening!
Sep 29 2016
40 mins
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Rank #13: Better parenting through ignoring your kids | Ep 84

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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!
Sep 09 2017
36 mins
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Rank #14: Ep 21: Beware of Pinterest Syndrome!

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Whoo, we're legal! Well, actually we're 21 weeks but that's legal in podcasting years, so Kristen and Liz have a very funny discussion about what we were actually drinking at 21, versus now. (Uh, Kristen is mixing vodka with WHAT?) Then we have a little...okay, let's call it a vent session about Pinterest Syndrome. What's great about all those recipes and DIY photos and what makes us crazy. Because we can't be the only ones who look at some 32-ingredient "easy" Thanksgiving stuffing recipe and think, are you freaking kidding me? Plus, we share each of our cool picks of the week.
You'll find all of the show notes and links for this episode of Spawned at bit.ly/SpawnedCMP. Don't forget to subscribe to our feed so you never miss an episode! And if you have a question, comment, or an awesome drink recipe to share, email us at spawned@coolmompicks.com, or find us on Twitter using hashtag #spawnedshow. Thanks for sharing our 21st birthday with us! We raise a glass to you.
This week's episode was sponsored by Amulet Books. Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo is the third installment in the hilarious New York Times bestselling children’s book series filled with inventions, science experiments, and baseball playing robots, by former National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature Jon Scieszka and mad scientist illustrator Brian Biggs.
Oct 28 2015
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Rank #15: Ep 40: Trips from hell: Travel with kids

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Spring break is coming up and if you're terrified of flying with kids, we think you can do it! And hey, if you're a non-parent terrified of flying NEAR kids we can help you too. Take a listen for some funny stories, and quick tips and tricks from seasoned family travelers that will keep everyone happy. Plus, find out just what the deal is with Kristen's obsession with tape. Plus, we've got our cool picks of the week that we think you'll love. Find links mentioned here at coolmompicks.com, follow us on social media @coolmompicks or email spawned@coolmompicks.com with your own suggestions, comments, and parenting conundrums. Thanks for joining us!
Mar 30 2016
34 mins
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Rank #16: How to deal with mean girls (no, not the Broadway musical) | Ep 117

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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!
Jul 16 2018
43 mins
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Rank #17: How to enjoy, not endure, your kids with Casey O'Roarty | Ep 155

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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.
May 28 2019
49 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 02: There Will Be Blood

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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.
Jun 17 2015
28 mins
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Rank #19: Ep 45: Girls + Clothing: Owning their sexuality or growing up too soon?

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Our recent Cool Mom Picks feature on modest 2-piece bathing suit choices for girls sparked a huge debate on our Facebook page and we couldn't help but chat more about it on Spawned. What's okay for girls to wear? Should there be limits and dress codes? Or are we perpetuating sexist stereotypes when we do? We discuss all of it and more, plus share our Cool Picks of the Week. If you'd like to weigh in, we'd love to hear from you. Visit us on our podcast page on CoolMomPicks.com, hit us up on Facebook and Twitter (with the #SpawnedShow) and drop us an email: spawned@coolmompicks.com
Jun 23 2016
31 mins
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Rank #20: Ep 57: Things not to say to a working mom

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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.
Oct 27 2016
38 mins
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