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One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn 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.

One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn 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.
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Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Description:

One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn 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.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Ep. 242: Older Kid Sleep and The Return Of Sleep Expert Dr. Jodi Mindell

2/15/2018
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Biz and Theresa check in on sleep. Why do we think “Problem solved!" when it is really always changing? Why is sleep the one issue that when our kids are having trouble, it feels like we are the ones with the problem? And how do we help older kids who suddenly won’t sleep through the night? Plus Biz works the streets, Theresa is someone, and sleep expert Dr. Jodi Mindell comes back to talk about sleep issues for older kids. Check out Dr. Mindell's book Sleeping Through the Night, Revised...

Duration:01:14:19

Ep. 241: The Rewards of Parenting: Do You Feel Rewarded Yet?

2/8/2018
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Biz and Theresa explore the saying, "Parenting is the toughest job, but also the most rewarding." What are those rewards and why don't they feel like finding a $20 bill in the couch? Is it that the language of “rewards” is misleading? Is it a long game? Is it that there are times when we are in too deep to see them? It may be all or none of these, but what might help is a trophy that says, “Reward.” I’ll take 20. Plus, Theresa has a one-year-old and Biz tries to adopt a new pet. Chicago!...

Duration:00:49:51

Ep 240: Party Favors: The Garbage You Take Home! Plus Ophira Eisenberg on Change

2/1/2018
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Biz and Theresa wonder, “Where do party favors go to die?” The answer? Your house. Kids love them, we hate them, and we admit to fully participating in the madness by buying them and giving them out at our own kids' parties. Maybe giving kids $1 when they leave the party is the cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to go! Plus, Biz lets go of something big, Theresa gives herself the silent treatment, and we talk with comedian and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg,...

Duration:01:23:16

Ep. 239: Swears! Live from SF Sketchfest with Eliza Skinner

1/25/2018
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Biz and Theresa are live from San Francisco Sketchfest with guest Eliza Skinner and we're talking about swear words! Our bread and butter! I guess maybe it's weird to hear a four-year-old sound like a sailor at the preschool interview? OOPS. Are some words just bad, is it more about how our kids reflect back on us, or is it just important that kids at least understand what they're saying and the effect their words might have on others? Maybe a little of all of the above. Plus, we enjoy...

Duration:01:20:17

Ep. 238: Birth Order: Is That A Thing?

1/18/2018
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Biz and Theresa wonder if there is anything to birth order as a determining factor in our personalities or if it's basically as reliable as astrological horoscopes? Does being the second child mean we shouldn’t leave the house today or make new investments? Yes, yes, it does. Actually, we discover something terrible…birth order may have nothing to do with our children or how we treat our children and the expectations we have…that may be all us! AGHHHHHH!! Plus, Biz returns from the...

Duration:01:01:59

Ep. 237: Can’t Do It Without Getting Interrupted...So Nevermind!

1/11/2018
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Biz and Theresa wonder why it feels like it’s all or nothing when it comes to getting things — even fun things — done as a parent. Biz thinks we’re trapped between having to commit to being interrupted on the one hand, and being unable to carry out anything (project, work, or personal fun) on the other. Either way, we’re supposed to be "cool with it" because we are "mom." Eek- we may have stumbled on some more resentment here! Plus, Biz’s vacation will solve everything and Theresa is...

Duration:00:59:08

Ep. 236: The 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show

1/4/2018
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It's the 2nd Annual HOLIDAY Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants Show! Take that, 2017! This week we need to destress from the holidays and kick off the new year right with you, our special guests, as you share your genius and fails of the holidays! Tickets for One Bad Mother Live at SF Sketchfest with special guest Eliza Skinner on Sunday, January 21st 2018 are on sale now! Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! Thank you to all our...

Duration:01:15:20

Ep. 235: Oh, Look! We Found More Guilt! With Author James Breakwell

12/21/2017
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Biz and Theresa admit that when we have those “what if I hadn’t done this or that” moments it may be tied to unrecognized guilt. Like most parenting guilt, while it isn’t true, it still feels bad, so is there any benefit to it? Plus Biz is not in a happy place, Theresa is in a happy place and we talk to James Breakwell, the exploding unicorn himself, about his new book Only Dead On The Inside: A Parents Guide For Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse. Check out James on twitter @XplodingUnicorn...

Duration:01:01:28

Ep. 234: Budding Independence

12/14/2017
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Biz and Theresa discuss our kids’ budding independence…or lack thereof and wonder how much we, as parents, are to blame for it. What do you mean ignoring our children's desire to do it themselves because we have no patience could be part of it? Weird. Plus, Biz is visited by the ghost of resolutions past and thank you notes, and Theresa “wuvs" baby talk. Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! Thank you to all our listeners who support the...

Duration:01:01:43

Ep. 233: Holiday Nostalgia! Stressing About Memories of The Future!

12/7/2017
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Biz and Theresa realize that our childhood memories of the holidays combined with our visions of what we want our kid’s memories to be makes for one bad tasting fruit cake of guilt. The sensation that time is fleeting is really ramped up over the holidays, and we try to take a step back to focus on what is really important…presents for us! Plus Biz knows they aren’t doing it at her and Theresa has a house check in. Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at...

Duration:00:59:17

Ep. 232: The House Made Me Do It plus Poison Control Expert Dr. Cyrus Rangan

11/30/2017
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Biz and Theresa explore why it feels like being inside our homes sometimes makes us worse at parenting. Do we have shorter fuses and less patience because of the clutter and the never-ending list of chores that weigh us down when we're at home? Or...is there something "Amnityville Horror" going on? It's probably the clutter. Plus, Biz can’t remember anything, Theresa gets a visit from the Sleep Deprivation Fairy, and we get some incredibly helpful information and non-judgy tips from Dr....

Duration:01:14:55

Ep. 231: The Confusing Moment When Things Go Well plus Screenwriter Kay Cannon

11/22/2017
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Biz and Theresa explore the confusing moment when things go well. How is it possible when we know it will all melt down? Well, doesn’t it always melt down and don’t we want to be be proven right that we can’t do anything nice? UHG! Be it play dates, travel, staying up late or any other set of circumstances that usually go wrong with kids, maybe we should embrace the amazing feeling of the worst not happening. Plus Biz gets a Thanksgiving surprise, Theresa has a dream and we welcome back...

Duration:01:17:41

Ep. 230: Playing Favorites plus Early Childhood Development Expert Dr. Gloria Walther

11/16/2017
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Don’t tell your sister but you are my favorite! Biz and Theresa talk about favoritism in our homes growing up and how we are trying to steer clear of it now that we're parents. We can at least agree that screaming “why can’t you be more like your brother” is probably a bad idea, right? It gets hard when we wrestle with feeling like we have to over-do to make each child feel they are getting enough attention, especially when they have such different needs. Plus Biz is visited by the demon...

Duration:01:19:33

Ep. 229: LIVE in Brooklyn! Kid Bedroom Decor w/ Ophira Eisenberg! Plus Adira Amram & The Experience!

11/9/2017
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One Bad Mother is live from The Bell House in Brooklyn this week! Biz and Theresa wonder how cool will we be when our children begin to decorate their rooms in ways that are visually unappealing at best and personally offensive at worse? Plus Ophira Eisenberg, comedian and host of NPR's Ask Me Another joins in the conversation, Adira Amram and the Experience perform "The Mom Song", and live genius and fails! Follow Ophira on Twitter @OphiraE. You can catch new episodes of her hilarious...

Duration:01:10:54

Ep. 228: I Am A Parenting Fraud plus Author James Patterson

11/2/2017
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Biz admits to Theresa that we feel like frauds when it comes to knowing how to parent. Does standing there feeling totally blank count as “knowing what to do?” Luckily, Theresa lets us know we are not the only ones. Plus Biz commits to spontaneity , Theresa says “umhum," and we talk to author James Patterson about his Jimmy Patterson collections and his two latest books for young readers. Check out James' newest releases Give Thank You a Try (Give Please a Chance) and Big Words for Little...

Duration:01:08:06

Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings

10/31/2017
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One Bad Mother Halloween Bonus! The Ellis Sister’s Family Hauntings Hide under the covers listeners, Biz is joined by her sister, Helen Michelle, to share some of their family’s ghost stories. Follow Helen Michelle on twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and don't forget to pick up her book American Housewife. Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Share your...

Duration:00:26:44

Ep. 227: They Can All Hear You When You Scream plus Liz Sower of "Ghosts in the Burbs"

10/26/2017
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This week on a spooky Halloween One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa discover that when our kids are out in public…being kids….everyone is watching! AHHHHH! Are our fears of being judged or that everyone is “over us already” real, or is the Jekyll to our Hyde trying to bust free and ruin everything? Plus Biz beats Halloween, Theresa is visited by a parenting ghost and we speak with Liz Sower of Ghosts in The Burbs. Ghosts In The Burbs: https://ghostsintheburbs.wordpress.com/2016/02/ Liz on...

Duration:01:11:25

Ep. 226: You Sound Just Like Your Mother!

10/19/2017
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Biz and Theresa hear our parents everywhere….and it's coming from ourselves! What is it about becoming a parent that brings out the best and worst of those who raised us in ourselves? Is it nature or nurture or just inevitable? Plus Biz has a sniffle complex and Theresa compliments her partner. Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this...

Duration:01:00:02

Ep. 225: Things My Kids Take Forever To Do plus Poet Chris Harris!

10/12/2017
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Biz and Theresa share all the things that our kids take forever to do…put on shoes, eat, get out of the car, get into the car, really anything. Should we acknowledge the irony of all the times we say we wish we could slow down or that we wish the world for our kids would slow down while we complain about this? Nope! No time! Hurry up! We can’t teach you how to learn to be bored and to be patient when you are so slow! Sigh. We are getting really good at this? Plus Biz has more cake, Theresa...

Duration:01:06:58

Ep. 224: Picture Day! Plus Author Morra Aarons-Mele

10/5/2017
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Biz and Theresa explore the importance of picture day. Are we team “clean faced/hair brushed” or team “It was picture day?” Who cares the most about it, us or our children? What do we do with those pictures…mail them to relatives, frame them, or dump them in a file drawer? No matter what you do, the real meaning of picture day is to have something to embarrass our children with in 20 years. Plus Biz is forever in blue jeans, Theresa is the sleep president and we talk to Morra Aarons-Mele...

Duration:01:17:40

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