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A Tour of the Parenting Perils of Yesteryear

A Tour of the Parenting Perils of Yesteryear

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A Tour of the Parenting Perils of Yesteryear

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English


Episodes

Episode 30: Child Beauty Pageants

3/23/2021
Few things are as quintessentially American as child beauty pageants. And it turns out, they also originated from our home state of New Jersey! In this episode, Jen takes us back to the mid 1800's to the beginning of the child beauty pageant craze. It goes through many evolutions until we get to the modern version and every step along the way is absolutely fascinating.

Duration:00:20:40

Episode 29: Infant Inclined Sleepers

3/4/2021
Note: Today's episode contains some sensitive content related to infant deaths. Please use caution when listening. If you had asked me 2 years ago what an infant inclined sleeper is, I would have told you I had no idea. If you had asked me if I knew what a Rock n Play was, I would have said of course! It was the #1 must-have recommendation for my registry from all my mom friends. I was told it would be a life saver. A little over 2 weeks before my daughter was born, the Fisher Price Rock n...

Duration:00:53:06

Episode 28: Spit

2/6/2021
Spit has seemingly endless examples of cultural significance throughout the world. It's with that in mind, that Jen travelled down the spit in parenting rabbit hole. At times shocking and gross (especially in our Pandemic World), these traditions also have a primal, earthy beauty to them. Jen makes the case for the poetry and intimacy of spit.

Duration:00:17:09

Episode 27: Presidential Kids

1/19/2021
Growing up is hard enough when you're just a regular kid. But can you imagine growing up at the most famous address in the country, while the whole world watches? On today's episode, Diane tells us about all the Presidential kids who grew up in the White House throughout history. Then we take a closer look at 3 Presidents' children and their time in the White House: the Bush twins (Barbara & Jenna), Obama's daughters (Sasha & Malia), and Chelsea Clinton. Get ready for some tales of funny...

Duration:00:31:46

Episode 26: The Baby Zoo

12/30/2020
In order to celebrate the end of this truly miserable year, we are sharing a story that is similarly upsetting. Jen presents her findings on the Dionne Quintuplets and the absolutely unbelievable series of events that befell them. From a wicker basket in a farm house in Ontario, to a clinical facility with a tourist viewing platform, all the way to Hollywood, these girls never caught a break. We're sharing their story here because there is a lot to be learned from their lives especially in...

Duration:00:37:11

Episode 25: Christmas Toy Riots

12/15/2020
Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like an angry mob of customers fighting over a children's toy. With the advent of online shopping, crazy store riots may seem like things of the past. So let's take a trip down memory lane to the late 80s and mid-90s, when such events did occur around the holiday season. Specifically when it came to loving parents wanting to get their children the hot new toy of the season. Enter the Cabbage Patch Kids and the Tickle Me Elmo dolls. In this week's...

Duration:00:32:08

Episode 24: Thanksgiving Masking

11/24/2020
If you live in America, you may be under the assumption that Halloween has always cornered the market on dressing up in costumes. But you would be wrong! From the late 1800s to the 1930s, Thanksgiving Masking was a standard way for children to celebrate on Thanksgiving morning. In this episode, Jen describes this strange custom and why it went out of favor. Get ready to shake your head with disapproval and be a bit offended.

Duration:00:30:11

Episode 23: Griswold v Connecticut

11/3/2020
You may be wondering why we are talking about a Supreme Court case on a show about the history of parenting, right? Well, we have the answer! The landmark Supreme Court decision in Connecticut vs. Griswold changed family life in America forever. We've all heard the term "family planning," but believe it or not before the 1960s this idea was not nearly as widely known or accepted. So what happened in 1965 that spurred on this radical shift in thinking about the way we plan births and...

Duration:00:23:12

Episode 22: Dr. William Smellie

10/20/2020
Every new mom can attest to the fact that babies, especially newborns, love to suck. Their fingers, their toes, a bottle, a breast, and for some babies even a pacifier. So today, we explore the history of that infamous object. Who invented the pacifier, when did it become popular, and why is it such a controversial soothing technique even to this day? This was a topic that led us down quite the rabbit hole. A very...ahem...”interesting” rabbit hole, to say the least! *Parents, we suggest...

Duration:00:26:11

Episode 21: Pacifiers

10/8/2020
Every new mom can attest to the fact that babies, especially newborns, love to suck. Their fingers, their toes, a bottle, a breast, and for some babies even a pacifier. So today, we explore the history of that infamous object. Who invented the pacifier, when did it become popular, and why is it such a controversial soothing technique even to this day? This was a topic that led us down quite the rabbit hole. A very...ahem...”interesting” rabbit hole, to say the least! *Parents, we suggest...

Duration:00:16:35

Episode 20: Infant Exposure

9/21/2020
2020 might not be the craziest year for the US Postal Service after all. Back in 1913, parcel post was introduced and in no time at all, people had started shipping all kinds of unexpected packages, including their children! Tune in to learn all about the children who traveled anywhere from 5 to over 700 miles across America through the USPS.

Duration:00:32:21

Episode 19: Maternity Clothes

9/8/2020
2020 might not be the craziest year for the US Postal Service after all. Back in 1913, parcel post was introduced and in no time at all, people had started shipping all kinds of unexpected packages, including their children! Tune in to learn all about the children who traveled anywhere from 5 to over 700 miles across America through the USPS.

Duration:00:22:19

Episode 18: Mailing Babies

8/24/2020
2020 might not be the craziest year for the US Postal Service after all. Back in 1913, parcel post was introduced and in no time at all, people had started shipping all kinds of unexpected packages, including their children! Tune in to learn all about the children who traveled anywhere from 5 to over 700 miles across America through the USPS.

Duration:00:20:46

Episode 17: Mom Shaming

8/12/2020
We've all heard the term "mom shaming," but what does it really mean? And when did it begin? In reality, we are all probably guilty of playing a part in the mom shame game, often unintentionally. Let's dive into the origins of this troubling trend, and how things like the Internet and parenting forums play an important role in perpetuating mom shaming.

Duration:00:23:20

Episode 16: The Family Vacation

7/28/2020
While the pandemic is keeping many of us from our usual summer plans, we thought we'd share some of the fascinating history of family vacations with you all. We'll look at summer camps for children, family road trips, and the American family camp. Tons of wacky history to keep you feeling nostalgic while we get through this isolating time together.

Duration:00:24:06

Episode 15: The Prescience of Toys ‘R’ Us

7/6/2020
“I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys 'R' Us kid!” We all remember the jingle, and the excitement of stepping into a Toys 'R' Us in its heyday. With its rows and rows of toys, the possibilities were endless! And then we all watched as the behemoth of the toy industry crumbled, destroyed by the industry it created. How did Toys 'R' Us become such a giant, and what went wrong? Find out in today’s episode!

Duration:00:18:36

Episode 14: The Fabulous Patricia Carter

6/23/2020
Come join us for a side-splitting episode that looks at the life and times of Mrs. Patricia Carter, the original Free Birthing guru! Pat is a riot and we definitely wish she was still around for us to go out for drinks with. Although neither of us would hire her to be a doula or midwife for any future deliveries.

Duration:00:25:55

Episode 13: Baby Names

6/8/2020
This week, we have our very first guest host, Whitney from the How She Moms podcast! Whitney joins us to share her fascinating research into the history of baby names in America. She described some of the naming trends over time and some of the most bizarre names given to children here in the US.

Duration:00:43:33

Episode 12: The Baby Thief

5/18/2020
Ok everybody - buckle up. On this week’s episode we explore something a little sinister: babies being stolen from their mothers and sold on the black market by a woman you’ve probably never heard of. Until now. Cue today’s topic, the woman of the hour: Georgia Tann. Who is this woman, and how did she get away with this horrible scheme for so long? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Duration:00:19:52

Episode 11: The Little Albert Experiment

5/5/2020
John B. Watson and his infamous Little Albert Experiment may be little more than a footnote in the history of parenting and childrearing. But they are a fascinating and important one. Jen presents her research into the psychologist she most loves to hate and the occasional silver linings of his very disturbing legacy.

Duration:00:26:11