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Eric and Rachel aren't married to each other, but they've known each other long enough to be unofficial siblings. Between them, they have three kids (Eric has twin toddler boys, Rachel has a grade-school-aged daughter) and two slightly twisted senses of humor. For the show, they talk about parenting, topical matters as they relate to parenting, and the occasional tangent.

Eric and Rachel aren't married to each other, but they've known each other long enough to be unofficial siblings. Between them, they have three kids (Eric has twin toddler boys, Rachel has a grade-school-aged daughter) and two slightly twisted senses of humor. For the show, they talk about parenting, topical matters as they relate to parenting, and the occasional tangent.
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Eric and Rachel aren't married to each other, but they've known each other long enough to be unofficial siblings. Between them, they have three kids (Eric has twin toddler boys, Rachel has a grade-school-aged daughter) and two slightly twisted senses of humor. For the show, they talk about parenting, topical matters as they relate to parenting, and the occasional tangent.

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English


Episodes

Tangential Parenting - 012 - Dads Don't Babysit

4/24/2019
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A lively discussion between Eric and Rachel about an article from Parents.com titled, PSA: Dad is Not the Babysitter. Who knew Rachel would get upset being told that it's her fault that she does so much to raise her daughter? While Jenna Autuori Dedic tries to use her own reluctance to let go and let Dad do things around the house, we both agree it doesn't make for a good premise. It whistles past the realities that many families face and instead squarely places the blame on moms for dads...

Duration:00:45:27

Tangential Parenting - 011 - Tell the Cat To Be Responsible

4/5/2019
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Want to leave your kids? (We won't judge). It can be hard, especially when it's your first time. Depending on the age, traveling without your kids can be difficult on both you and your children. Eric and Rachel talk about their very different experiences and how they coped (or helped their kids cope). As usual, they wander off to other topics. There's an exploration of Doctor Who, and Eric reveals once again how he remembers a thing, but not the details. He also makes up a podcast called...

Duration:00:32:19

Tangential Parenting - 010 - Staying at Home Under a Rock

3/22/2019
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We're back! And this time, neither of us work. Rachel attempts to get Eric to talk about how things are going as a new at-home dad. Instead, Rachel learns just how bad Eric is at pop culture, SNL references, and naming movies or actors. Between the the Chim Chimney cleanse, Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire, and the Zeus method of conception, they are all over the place. Eventually, Eric gets around to his at-home dad experiences, how he's coping, and the weirdness that is being a dad performing...

Duration:00:42:57

Tangential Parenting - 009 - Artistic Exploration With Bodily Fluids

2/16/2019
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It's a lost episode! While gearing up for another round of recording, Rachel found a lonely file on her computer. It turned out to be an episode we recorded back in July. We start off the rails, as usual, then talk about our experiences with potty training. My boys had just started, while Rachel's then-6 year-old had been done for a bit. We continue with some more fun and awful transitions, then end the show discussing things artists do with stuff they get from their body. Get The...

Duration:00:31:18

Tangential Parenting - 008 - Don't Play Operation with Surgeons

5/21/2018
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You time. Do you get it? Or do you spend your few moments not taking care of kids, cleaning, or other chores mindless scrolling through Facebook? Get some tips on how to maximize that time, as well as learn from Rachel that as kids get older, they can join you in things like video gaming sessions or crafting. Not all hope is lost... just missing for the first 5 years or so. And in case you think it's all advice and helpfulness, we also talk about Smallville cults, cooking karma, and what...

Duration:00:32:47

Tangential Parenting - 007 - Muffins from the Darkest Timeline

5/6/2018
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Eric's new facial hair results in Rachel's declaration that we are in a mirror universe. Things go downhill from there. Topics this week include the weather, Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy, Star Trek books, the Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, lutefisk, and getting kids in the kitchen. This show is a good example of how parenting causes you to develop an attention span similar to that of your toddlers or school-age kids. *SPOILER ALERT* Starting at the 36:00 mark, the last season of Game of Thrones...

Duration:00:59:09

Tangential Parenting - 006 - Valar Marigoldis

4/19/2018
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Eric and Rachel (attempt) to discuss gardening with kids. Living up to the name of the podcast, however, things go off the rails rather quickly. Filling in the gaps between Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and the proper technique for transitioning between topics, they talk Rachel's experience with her daughter in the garden. Eric goes over his (ill-advised) plan to have his toddlers help. We also go over Rachel's crush from Star Trek and why 'shipping is something Eric will never...

Duration:00:45:14

Tangential Parenting - 005 - Planes, Iowa, and Automobiles

2/28/2018
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Rachel and Eric review Iowa! Not really, but they share their opinions about the state's roads and visual appeal. Iowa happened to be between a lot of destinations for them while driving with their kids. Travel with kids is a challenge, whether they are infants or preschoolers. Rachel and Eric share their experiences with car trips, what worked, and how things changed as their kids got older. They also share planning tips, and why trips take longer. When it comes to air travel, Eric takes...

Duration:00:33:34

Tangential Parenting - 004 - The R Word

2/2/2018
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Parents pour a lot of time and energy into their kids. It's what you do. But sometimes, especially for parents of young children, this can greatly alter the dynamics with your partner. Whether it's keeping the house tidy, romance, or just talking to each other, your relationship can change in ways neither of you were prepared for. Rachel and Eric discuss their own experiences with those changes and go over strategies that work (or didn't) to keep the magic alive... or at least in state of...

Duration:00:34:06

Tangential Parenting - 003 - The After School Special

1/5/2018
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It's a pseudo After School Special episode! Eric and Rachel tackle a more serious subject, as seriously as they can (with middling success). In this episode they talk about an article written by Jen Gann on why she was choosing to file a wrongful birth suit after her son was born with Cystic Fibrosis, then discuss exactly what living with CF means, as it's an issue with which Eric is intimately familiar. ============================================= Get The Modern Father straight...

Duration:00:41:39

Tangential Parenting - 002 - Tangential Holidays

12/21/2017
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Kids love the holidays. Or at least they do once they are old enough to understand it. At the same time, all the gifts, family, and food can make a child lose their mind. Eric and Rachel sit down with a glass (or three) of sake to discuss wish lists, travel, and how to handle the interruptions in routine. ============================================= Get The Modern Father straight to your inbox! - Sign Up The Modern Father: Website // Twitter // Facebook Starship Suburbia: Website //...

Duration:00:32:28

Tangential Parenting - 001 - In Sickness and in Naps

12/21/2017
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In our first episode, Eric and Rachel talk about two of the great parenting challenges: handling the various illnesses kids bring home, and how to convince toddlers to nap once they move to toddler beds. ============================================= Get The Modern Father straight to your inbox! - Sign Up Form The Modern Father: Website // Twitter // Facebook Starship Suburbia: Website // Twitter // Facebook

Duration:00:31:19