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The ParentNormal Podcast: A Parenting and Family Podcast by Imperfect Parents for Imperfect Parents

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The ParentNormal Podcast is a show by imperfect parents for imperfect parents, which are all parents. The show features interviews with celebrity parents, everyday parents and parenting “experts” who have to admit they aren’t perfect either. The goal of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry, because parenthood is too stressful to endure without being able to laugh at how absurd it can get. Parenting humor and parenting fails are highlights of the show, but stories of real parenthood, lessons learned from parenthood and advice on how to be a better parent are the foundation of the show. The ParentNormal Podcast is hosted by Chris Cate, who has been on HuffPost Parents’ weekly list of funniest parents on Twitter more than 100 times. His parenting humor has also been featured on BuzzFeed, Reader's Digest, HuffPost, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, CafeMom, Disney's Babble and many other parenting sites. He is also the author of The ParentNormal Crash Course and Perfect Parenting: A Complete History. Previous guests on The ParentNormal Podcast have included well-known parents such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, Baby Einstein creator Julie Clark, HuffPost co-founder Arianna Huffington, Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasakhar, comedians Nate Bargatze and Nick Thune, children’s singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, The ONE Thing co-author Jay Papasan, original Wiggles member Greg Page, The Longest Shortest Time podcast host Hillary Frank, Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann, singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb and many others. The ParentNormal Podcast is made for parents who have changed too many diapers and outfits; washed too many dishes and clothes; sacrificed too much sleep and food; watched too much Nick Jr., Disney Junior, Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, and Sofia the First; and endured one too many meltdowns. Listen to this show when you need more than wine to get through washing dishes, folding clothes, mowing the lawn, cleaning up millions of goldfish crumbs or sitting in the doorway of your kids’ rooms at night to make sure the monsters don’t come out. In short, if Comedy Bang Bang is for hipsters, Nerdist is for nerds, This American Life is for intellectuals, Planet Money is for entrepreneurs, Freakonomics is for freaks, Harry Potter is for Hermione (if JK Rowling is honest), ESPN is for sports fans, WTF is for Obama, NPR is for National Public Radio and Serial is for everybody’s breakfast, The ParentNormal Podcast is the perfect show for imperfect parents.

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The ParentNormal Podcast is a show by imperfect parents for imperfect parents, which are all parents. The show features interviews with celebrity parents, everyday parents and parenting “experts” who have to admit they aren’t perfect either. The goal of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry, because parenthood is too stressful to endure without being able to laugh at how absurd it can get. Parenting humor and parenting fails are highlights of the show, but stories of real parenthood, lessons learned from parenthood and advice on how to be a better parent are the foundation of the show. The ParentNormal Podcast is hosted by Chris Cate, who has been on HuffPost Parents’ weekly list of funniest parents on Twitter more than 100 times. His parenting humor has also been featured on BuzzFeed, Reader's Digest, HuffPost, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, CafeMom, Disney's Babble and many other parenting sites. He is also the author of The ParentNormal Crash Course and Perfect Parenting: A Complete History. Previous guests on The ParentNormal Podcast have included well-known parents such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, Baby Einstein creator Julie Clark, HuffPost co-founder Arianna Huffington, Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasakhar, comedians Nate Bargatze and Nick Thune, children’s singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, The ONE Thing co-author Jay Papasan, original Wiggles member Greg Page, The Longest Shortest Time podcast host Hillary Frank, Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann, singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb and many others. The ParentNormal Podcast is made for parents who have changed too many diapers and outfits; washed too many dishes and clothes; sacrificed too much sleep and food; watched too much Nick Jr., Disney Junior, Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, and Sofia the First; and endured one too many meltdowns. Listen to this show when you need more than wine to get through washing dishes, folding clothes, mowing the lawn, cleaning up millions of goldfish crumbs or sitting in the doorway of your kids’ rooms at night to make sure the monsters don’t come out. In short, if Comedy Bang Bang is for hipsters, Nerdist is for nerds, This American Life is for intellectuals, Planet Money is for entrepreneurs, Freakonomics is for freaks, Harry Potter is for Hermione (if JK Rowling is honest), ESPN is for sports fans, WTF is for Obama, NPR is for National Public Radio and Serial is for everybody’s breakfast, The ParentNormal Podcast is the perfect show for imperfect parents.

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56 Ratings
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Great show for parents

By Scripture dude22 - Apr 09 2017
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Love this show. Great interviews with awesome parents!

Funny and Relatable

By JustinGMoney - Feb 03 2017
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This show is great for parents with young children. I especially enjoy the parenting fails.

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
5
2
1
3

Great show for parents

By Scripture dude22 - Apr 09 2017
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Love this show. Great interviews with awesome parents!

Funny and Relatable

By JustinGMoney - Feb 03 2017
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This show is great for parents with young children. I especially enjoy the parenting fails.
Cover image of The ParentNormal Podcast: A Parenting and Family Podcast by Imperfect Parents for Imperfect Parents

The ParentNormal Podcast: A Parenting and Family Podcast by Imperfect Parents for Imperfect Parents

Updated 13 days ago

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The ParentNormal Podcast is a show by imperfect parents for imperfect parents, which are all parents. The show features interviews with celebrity parents, everyday parents and parenting “experts” who have to admit they aren’t perfect either. The goal of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry, because parenthood is too stressful to endure without being able to laugh at how absurd it can get. Parenting humor and parenting fails are highlights of the show, but stories of real parenthood, lessons learned from parenthood and advice on how to be a better parent are the foundation of the show. The ParentNormal Podcast is hosted by Chris Cate, who has been on HuffPost Parents’ weekly list of funniest parents on Twitter more than 100 times. His parenting humor has also been featured on BuzzFeed, Reader's Digest, HuffPost, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, CafeMom, Disney's Babble and many other parenting sites. He is also the author of The ParentNormal Crash Course and Perfect Parenting: A Complete History. Previous guests on The ParentNormal Podcast have included well-known parents such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, Baby Einstein creator Julie Clark, HuffPost co-founder Arianna Huffington, Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasakhar, comedians Nate Bargatze and Nick Thune, children’s singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, The ONE Thing co-author Jay Papasan, original Wiggles member Greg Page, The Longest Shortest Time podcast host Hillary Frank, Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann, singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb and many others. The ParentNormal Podcast is made for parents who have changed too many diapers and outfits; washed too many dishes and clothes; sacrificed too much sleep and food; watched too much Nick Jr., Disney Junior, Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, and Sofia the First; and endured one too many meltdowns. Listen to this show when you need more than wine to get through washing dishes, folding clothes, mowing the lawn, cleaning up millions of goldfish crumbs or sitting in the doorway of your kids’ rooms at night to make sure the monsters don’t come out. In short, if Comedy Bang Bang is for hipsters, Nerdist is for nerds, This American Life is for intellectuals, Planet Money is for entrepreneurs, Freakonomics is for freaks, Harry Potter is for Hermione (if JK Rowling is honest), ESPN is for sports fans, WTF is for Obama, NPR is for National Public Radio and Serial is for everybody’s breakfast, The ParentNormal Podcast is the perfect show for imperfect parents.

Rank #1: Ep. 47 Interview with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

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Amy McCready, the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World, is the featured guest this week. Amy is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show. She has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and many other […]

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Sep 08 2016
17 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 1 Goodnight & Badnight Times – featuring Nina (Michele Lepe) from Sprout’s Goodnight Show

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In this first ever episode, I ask Michele Lepe, who you probably know as Nina from the Good Night Show on Sprout, if she is able to put her own kids to sleep as calmly as she puts America’s kids to sleep each night on TV. We’ll learn how carrots became part of her kids’ […]

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Nov 09 2015
31 mins
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Rank #3: Ep. 63 Best of the Parenting Fails Part 3 (Top 10 Fails) featuring Jeff Kinney, Dave Barry, Jeannie Gaffigan, Hillary Frank, Adam Mansbach and Michele Lepe

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Here are the top ten parenting fails shared on the podcast so far! Two weeks ago, we started the countdown at number 30 and counted down to 21. In last week’s episode, we counted down from 20 to 11. And while all of those stories were great, and I hope you go back and listen to […]

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Feb 06 2017
25 mins
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Rank #4: Ep. 93 Interview with Everybody Loves Raymond creator and Somebody Feed Phil host Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and host of the new Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil, is this week's featured guest. During our conversation, we talk about how Phil’s love for food and travel led to Somebody Feed Phil and how he’s involved family members on the show. We also talk about creating a family sitcom like Everybody Loves Raymond and how his own family influenced the writing on the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the ParentNormal Podcast on iTunes or Sticher if you're an Android user to hear every episode of the ParentNormal Podcast, including the top 30 parenting fails shared on the podcast, which were counted down in episodes 6162 & 63. You can also follow ParentNormal on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Aug 02 2018
20 mins
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Rank #5: Ep. 60 Interview with Jennifer Lehr, author of ParentSpeak What’s Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children and What to Say Instead

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Jennifer Lehr, author of ParentSpeak: What’s Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children–and What to Say Instead is the featured guest this week. In our conversation, Jennifer will explain what “parentspeak” is and why we should change some of the common phrases we use with our kids. Many of the common phrases Jennifer says […]

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Jan 12 2017
18 mins
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Rank #6: Ep. 62 Best of the Parenting Fails Part 2 featuring Nick Thune, Ilana Wiles, Greg Page, Nate Bargatze, Amy McCready and more

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This is Part Two in the three part series of the best parenting fails shared on the podcast so far. I realize that “best” is not really the best word to use when you’re talking about parenting fails, because one parenting fail isn’t better than another one, but it is fun to do “best of” […]

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Jan 30 2017
19 mins
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Rank #7: Ep. 68 Interview with Family Therapist Colleen O’Grady, author of Dial Down the Drama

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Family therapist Colleen O’Grady, author of Dial down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter, is the featured guest this week. In our conversation, Colleen gives me a preview of what I have to look forward to when my kids become teenagers. We’ll talk about the differences between parenting young kids and […]

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Mar 18 2017
20 mins
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Rank #8: Ep. 84 How to improve your child’s behavior and attention span without drugs, labels or coercion – with Dr. Thomas Armstrong

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How can you improve your child’s behavior and attention span without drugs, labels or coercion? Dr. Thomas Armstrong, author of The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion, attempts to answer this question on this week’s episode of the podcast. Now, I want […]

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Sep 20 2017
27 mins
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Rank #9: Ep. 71 Interview with Julie Clark, creator of Baby Einstein, bestselling author and CEO of WeeSchool

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Julie Clark, the creator of Baby Einstein, CEO of WeeSchool and author of more than 30 bestselling children’s books, is this week’s featured guest. In our conversation, Julie tells her awesome story of how she turned her idea for a baby video into a company that Disney would eventually buy. We also talk about how […]

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Apr 14 2017
24 mins
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Rank #10: Ep. 91 How to get your baby to sleep better with baby sleep consultant Nicole Johnson

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Nicole Johnson, the lead baby sleep consultant and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, is this week’s featured guest. In our conversation, we talk about how to get your baby to sleep better and how to make bedtime easier for you and your kids. We also discuss common mistakes parents make at bedtime, about the […]

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Mar 21 2018
20 mins
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Rank #11: Ep. 90 Best Parenting Fails of 2017 Part 3 of 3 featuring Jay Papasan, Jenna von Oy, Lev Grossman, Chris Pegula and Heather Haupt

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We’ve reached the end of the countdown of the best parenting fails shared on the ParentNormal Podcast in 2017.  This episode features the five most memorable stories of the year. Keep in mind, we’re not celebrating parenting fails. We’re just recognizing every parent fails sometimes. Parenting is stressful enough without beating yourself up for past […]

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Jan 25 2018
12 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 38 Interview with Jeannie Gaffigan, co-writer of The Jim Gaffigan Show and mom of 5 kids

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Jeannie Gaffigan, the wife and writing partner of Jim Gaffigan, one of the most popular comedians in the world, is the featured guest on the podcast this week. In addition to co-writing Jim’s standup material, Jeannie co-writes the Jim Gaffigan Show with Jim. They also have five kids together and raise them in New York City, which […]

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Jun 15 2016
24 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 18 Interview with The Longest Shortest Time Host Hillary Frank

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Hillary Frank, host of The Longest Shortest Time podcast, is the featured guest this week. Her work has aired on a variety of public radio programs including  This American Life, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Marketplace, and Weekend America. I am thrilled to have Hillary on my show because her show helped pave the way for family podcasts like mine. […]

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Feb 04 2016
20 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 33 Interview with Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F**k to Sleep, a #1 New York Times Bestseller

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Adam Mansbach, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F**king Eat, is the featured guest this week. If you’ve never heard of these books, you must not have an internet connection. Go the F**k to Sleep has been translated into 40 languages and Time Magazine named it the […]

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May 03 2016
16 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 15 Interview with YouTube Supermom Deva Dalporto

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YouTube Supermom Deva Dalporto is the featured guest this week. Deva is an author, actor, blogger and mom of two kids whose videos on YouTube have been downloaded millions of times, leading NBC to call her the “Weird Al of YouTube Moms.” Deva is the creator of the viral videos What Does the Kid Say […]

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Jan 28 2016
16 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 24 Interview with 6-year-old Ava Cate about Lunch and Losing Teeth

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My 6-year-old daughter Ava is the featured guest this week. She is the first non-parent to be a guest on the show, but she still offers valuable and amusing insight from a kid’s perspective. We talk about what’s so great about being six-years-old and what she thinks are the best lunch foods. We also talk about […]

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Feb 28 2016
9 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 13 Parenthood in Hollywood – featuring actress and mom Heather Brooker

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Actress and mom Heather Brooker is the featured guest on this episode about Parenthood in Hollywood. Heather has appeared in The Office, The Mindy Project, Grey’s Anatomy, Cougar Town and many other popular shows. We’ll talk about why she started a Motherhood in Hollywood podcast, what casting directors think of parents and whether parenting can make […]

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Jan 19 2016
28 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 14 ParentNormal News – YouTube vs. Television Edition

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Recognizing that parents may only have a few minutes a day to listen to podcasts, the ParentNormal Comedy Podacst will now be produced in very short and easy to listen to episodes three times a week, beginning with this episode. ParentNormal News updates will be released every Tuesday. Special guest interviews will be released on Thursdays. And on Saturdays, […]

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Jan 26 2016
5 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 31 Interview with Karen Alpert, NYT bestselling author of I Heart My Little A-Holes and I Want My Epidural Back

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Karen Alpert is the New York Times bestselling author of I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting. Her new book is I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting and it’s already getting rave reviews. In this week’s episode, I talk to Karen about how […]

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Apr 19 2016
19 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 23 Interview with Lunchbox Dad Beau Coffron

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Beau Coffron, also known as Lunchbox Dad, is the featured guest this week. He’s appeared on Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show and several other top shows. He’s also appeared on ABCNews.com, Yahoo.com and he’s even been in People Magazine, all because he makes the most creative lunches for his kids that you just have […]

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Feb 18 2016
18 mins
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