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A comedy podcast about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren't all magical vessels! Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging, and more laughing.

A comedy podcast about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren't all magical vessels! Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging, and more laughing.


Los Angeles, CA


A comedy podcast about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren't all magical vessels! Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging, and more laughing.




Maximum Fun 2404 Wilshire Blvd., 9A Los Angeles, CA 90057 206-984-4FUN


Ep. 362: Congratulations, You're Stepmom of the Year!

Biz is joined again by special guest co-host Rebecca Blum to talk about all things stepparenting. Rebecca tells us about her journey becoming a Stepmom. What happens when kids show up in your house and you are suddenly a parent without any time to practice? Rebecca reminds us what we have already learned time and time again: be kind to each other because you never know what someone else is going through. Plus, Biz feels pressure and we announce this year's Max Fun Drive! Check out Theresa’s...


Ep. 361: Can Kids Predict The Future? Plus, Author Chanda Austin

Biz is joined by guest co-host Rebecca Blum this week to talk about how our children see the future. What do our kids think adulthood will be like? We revisit the games we played as kids that fed our fantasies of life as grown ups. If life turned out like the game MASH, then we would all be married to our childhood crushes and live in mansions. Do we crush are children’s visions of the future or let them dream? “Sure you’ll live with Mama forever. Your partner will LOVE it!" Plus, Biz is...


Ep. 360: Get Off of Me! Plus, OBM Lydia Elle

Biz and Theresa would like for everyone to stop touching us. Everyone is regressing during the pandemic, which we understand, but also, we don't like it! Our kids have to be on our bodies at all times and sometimes we just want them to leave us alone. Plus, Biz is the jacks master, Theresa is back, and we talk with Lydia Elle about helping our kids and ourselves be AntiRacist. Learn more about Lydia Elle and her course called "We Need To Talk" on her website at Also, check...


Ep. 359: How Do I Talk To My Kids About That with Anastasia Higginbotham

Biz is joined by author and activist Anastasia Higginbotham to talk about how to discuss deeply uncomfortable topics with our kids. Would you rather try to get your toddler to wear mittens or would you rather talk with your kid about death? Let's be honest, both are difficult things to do, but one may be the real parenting job. Anastasia’s books cover topics like death, sex and whiteness and we cannot recommend them enough. Plus, Biz is a steely ship and we are all still doing a good...


Ep. 358: A Band-Aid Ain't Gonna Fix This! Parenting As The Front Line Against Racism with James Arthur

Biz is joined in the virtual studio by James Arthur M., host of Maximum Fun's Minority Korner podcast. We talk about ways in which parents can educate our kids to be anti-racists. We are on the front lines of human rights activism by teaching our children about equity and equality. Follow James on his website at and on Twitter @JamesArthur_M. Find out more about his Saturday Zoom dance classes here. Get involved at Minority Korner Listicle Doc of...


Ep. 357: Boredom. Plus, Renee Colvert is Back!

Biz is joined by Renee Colvert, from Can I Pet Your Dog? We start the show off and end with a reflection on the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in from the continued threat of the pandemic to the centuries long threat of injustice towards people of color. As parent, we are on the front lines to teach our children to understand the issues around racism, privilege, and history. We also talk about boredom. "I'm bored!" is something we are hearing 8 or 9 times a day with all this time...


Ep. 356: The 13th-Ever Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants

Summer is here. While there is a lot that we cannot do right now, we can sit back and bask in the warmth of the Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rants. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold. Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold. Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of Our sponsors this week are Story Time Chess...


Ep. 355: I Tried So Hard Today. Plus, Digital Inclusion with Angela Siefer

Biz and Theresa talk about trying. Whether it's art projects, quality time, walks outside or just keeping everyone safe and fed, we try and try and try. We want to make things fun for our kids, and then it blows up in our faces. Trying is really hard!! Plus, Biz wears an Ellis suit, Theresa is back again, and we speak with Angela Siefer about digital inclusion. Follow Angela Siefer on Twitter @angelasiefer and visit her website at National Digital Inclusion Alliance:...


Ep. 354: Movie Moms! Plus, The Parents Are Not All Right with Chloe Cooney

Biz is joined by guest co-host Drea Clark, producer, film festival programmer, and podcaster. We discuss how motherhood is portrayed in the movies, from the effortless high-heel wearing mothers of the 50's and 60's, to the outright terrible mothers in horror films, and the surprising representation in action movies. Drea gives us a movie mom watch list that we can get behind. Plus, Biz is slipping, we miss Theresa, and we talk to Chloe Cooney about her article, "The Parents Are Not All...


Ep 353: Are We There Yet? Plus, Trying To Be A Superhero with Courtney Enlow

Biz and Theresa want to know when all this will be over. Are we there yet?? In this stay-at-home "journey," all we want to know is, how close are we to being done with this? Just like a road trip to Grandma's house, we want to know how many more songs we need to play until this trip is complete. Plus, Biz is wallowing, Theresa is back, and we talk with Courtney Enlow about trying to be a Superhero during these times. Follow Courtney on Twitter @Courtenlow and on Instagram at courtneyenlow....


Ep 352: Can I Pet Your Dog? No! Plus, Author Bess Kalb on Writing in Her Grandmother's Voice

Biz is joined by guest co-host Renee Culvert from the podcast, Can I Pet Your Dog? How does COVID-19 affect how we interact with other people's animals? What does it look like to have a dog during this time? Plus, Biz feels normal, we miss Theresa, and we talk with Bess Kalb about her new book, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. Follow Bess on Twitter @bessbell and on her website at Her book, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, is available now. Mental Health Resources: Suicide...


Ep. 351: Let's Play Never Have I Ever

Biz and Theresa revisit an old college drinking game with a new parenting-during-a-pandemic spin. Never have I ever allowed my children to climb all over me while I eat dinner. "Drink!" We find ourselves doing things differently during this not-normal time, for the better and the worse. Plus, Biz marks the passage of time and Theresa loves Jesse. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold. Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways...


Ep. 350: This Isn't Actually Normal. Plus, Scotty Iseri of The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast

Biz and Theresa are reminded that this isn't actually normal, even if sometimes our brains try to trick us into thinking that it is. Why is this so hard? Oh yeah...this is absolutely not normal! Also, we are not really doing "fine." It is helpful to acknowledge that and to remember that we are all doing a good job during this very not-normal time. Plus, Biz revisits cake parenting, Theresa doesn't want to wait, and we talk with Scotty Iseri of The Imagine Neighborhood podcast. Follow Scotty...


Ep. 349: How Are You? Plus, Seeing Gender with Iris Gottlieb

Biz and Theresa ask a very important question: How are you? No, are you? We dedicate the entire topic to exploring this question that, although never has a simple answer, has become even more complicated. Have we figured out how to homeschool? Is there crying in homeschool? Have we figured out our routines? Is crying part of the routine? Are we tired of questions and ready for complete silence by 3 pm everyday? Yes. Hard yes. Plus, Biz doesn't want to be competitive, Theresa...


Ep. 348: It's All Your Fault! COVID-19 Edition

Biz and Theresa ponder how the “stay at home” order really amps up the idea that when things go wrong for our kids, it is “ALL YOUR FAULT!!!” “Why didn’t you tell me there was an art assignment? Even though I saw everything you did, you should have told me!” Can we just reply, “We didn’t tell you because we want to ruin your life?” The extra patience we have to call upon is intense and self blame is creeping around every corner. Plus, Biz has a secret and Theresa gets musical. Suicide...


Ep. 347: We’re Not Here To Help

Biz and Theresa find ourselves in a familiar place: we need help but feel overwhelmed by ALL the “help.” Social distancing and stay at home orders, closed schools and working from home….yep…everything we ever discussed on the show just got dialed up to eleven. Plus, Biz has a list and Theresa is at home in the world. Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call or chat. They are here to help anyone in crisis. Adults, children, LGBTQ, disaster survivors, you name it, they can...


Ep. 346: The First Ever Pandemic Genius Spectacular

With most of us confined to our homes and the MaxFunDrive placed on hold, Biz and Theresa drop everything this week to recognize as many of your awesome pandemic-related genius moments as possible. Together we recognize the struggle, accept that it won’t be pretty but it will be something, remember to take the good ideas when they come, and remember that no one is doing “pandemic winning” at us. It is weird out there and we are all doing a good job at least once a day, so join us in...


Ep. 345: What’s It Really Like to Be Home All Day? Plus, Author Ann Napolitano on Creativity, Self Care, and Moving Through Grief

Biz and Theresa talk about what it is REALLY like when we are home all day with the kids…or better yet…the whole family. Be it a weekend, a sick day, school breaks…summer…it seems like a fun idea in theory but there are a LOT of hours in a day. A lot. Sleep isn’t even safe. Plus, Biz is scared of an uncertain future, Theresa is on edge, and we talk to Ann Napolitano's about her new novel, Dear Edward. Follow Ann on Twitter @NapolitanoAnn. Her new book, Dear Edward, is available now! Check...


Ep. 344: Mama Needs Alone Time! Plus, Moon Ceremonies and More with Aida Salazar

Biz and Theresa discuss what “alone time” means to us (...besides a code for masturbation). Plus, Biz is dreaming about summer, Theresa has a Target adventure, and we talk to author Aida Salazar about moon ceremonies, celebrating gender expansive kids coming of age, and her beautiful new middle grade novel, The Moon Within. Find out more about Aida Salazar at Her book The Moon Within is available now and we highly recommend it! Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be...


Ep. 343: They Can Smell Our Weaknesses. Plus, Grieving While Parenting with Lauren Schneider

Biz and Theresa discuss our kids’ ability to exploit “Mama’s weaknesses.” "Just one more game?" "You love donuts, can we get donuts?” “Let’s do a movie night!” Sure, it sounds fun, but there are limits that need to be reinforced and bedtimes that need to be kept! We can’t say yes every time…can we? Plus, the lies come easy for Biz, Theresa is full of crisp mountain air, and we talk to Lauren Schneider of Our House Grief Support Center about handling grief as parents. Find out more about Our...