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Hickory, NC


Parenting sure is one crazy trip… and while this journey is never ending, everyone is looking for some help along the way. Mary-Margaret and Carol Anne are by no means experts. In fact, they are the opposite. Mothers of young children trying to get some advice on what is to come and guidance on raising a child in today's world. Join the discussion of fears, excitement, humor and confusion… they're just learning as they go.






219 1st Avenue SW Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 619-0048


The Parent Trip: Unplugging Your Kids

Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret are back at the table to discuss something we all know too well. Even if we don’t want to admit it. Screen Time. Distractions. Technology. We welcome Matthew Jervis, author of the book, “How to Entertain, Distract and Unplug Your Kids: tricks, tools, and spontaneous screen free activities”. Matthew is joining us via Skype as he shares his childhood stories and thoughts on developing his book. To purchase the book:...

The Parent Trip: March 20th, 2014


The Parent Trip: The Birds and The Bees

Well, this show may be a little awkward at times, but Mary-Margaret and Carol Anne power through it! Tough topic or not, this is a very important discussion for parents to have with their kids. You may surprised at what we find out... in fact, we learned a lot on this episode! We welcome Judy Ingold to the table for the dos and don'ts the hows and whys...about the birds and the bees.

The Parent Trip: ADHD Coach Ann Miller

Finally back from summer break, Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret welcome special guest, Ann Miller, to the table to help us get down to the nitty gritty of ADHD. Ann Miller is an expert ADHD coach with ADD 2 Success ADHD Coaching. Ann is dedicated to helping teens and young adults with ADHD and similar issues reach peak academic and personal success. She believes parents need encouragement and support during this transition of their children into adulthood. Having ADD herself along with...

The Parent Trip: Stress No More

We all do it, nobody wants to, but its going to happen - especially with children. It's STRESS! Mary-Margaret and Carol Anne touch on a few easy things you can do to release your tension and avoid sobbing on the kitchen floor (not that we'd know anything about that). Breathe in, breathe out... and listen to The Parent Trip!

Quick Trips 10: Fooled You!

Need some tips to pull off the perfect April Fools joke on your kids? We've got you covered! Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret give you some easy and fun ideas to help "get them good" in this silly Quick Trip!

New Dad Files: Episode 3

The big day is almost here! Can Michael prepare for baby Willard just like he did in high school? Wait... what do you mean he made D's and fell asleep? What's he in store for? He's learning massage, eating snacks, watching "the video" and cramming all he can for the final exam!

Quick Trips 9: Holiday Traditions

'Tis the season for holiday traditions and podcasts! Here's a Quick Trip just for you and yours to enjoy this festive season... see you in 2013!

Quick Trips 8: Thanks!

Just a Quick Trip to say "Thanks" to our listeners -- and give you some super fun Thanksgiving traditions you can start of your own! Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret are thankful for you!

The Parent Trip 12: Single Parenting

We all know that parenting is pretty much the hardest job out there. Now, imagine doing it by yourself. This month on The Parent Trip, Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret sit down with Chris, a Dad who has been there and done that when it comes to single parenting. Dad to both a girl and boy, he has pretty much seen it all. What about having "the talk"?How do you start dating again? What are some things you can do for yourself? Its enough to make your head spin, yet somehow, single parents pull...

New Dad Files: Episode 2

Our dad-to-be, Michael, discusses his "Daddy-Do List". All of which need to be handled before the DUE date.

The Parent Trip: Politics and Parenting

Its election time here in the US. Opinions are flying, mudslinging on the TV, and talk of it even happens on the playground. What's a parent to do? Since there's no real escaping the election buzz - what's the best way to handle it? Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret ask the tough questions that most want to avoid and seek guidance from political enthusiast dad Alan to help them figure it out. No matter who you're voting for - this is an episode you don't want to miss.

New Dad Files: Episode 1

From late night cravings to 4 am feedings Dads share in this crazy trip too! There's a new segment on The Parent Trip, as we welcome a new member to our team this week with the "Dad Files". Listen in and follow along as new dad Michael prepares for the babys arrival while juggling his his own life too!

Duration: 00:04:24

The Parent Trip: Just Keep Swimming

Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret both love the water... and want their kids to as well! But, how do you overcome the fear of water in the face? What about explaining how to float? Is doggy-paddling okay? Since we want some water-lovin' babies - we brought in the expert to help us out. Everyone should know how to swim... age doesn't matter! Listen in and find out some tips to take your kid from the bath-tub to swim champ!

The Parent Trip: School's Cool

Its that time of year again -- back to school! Its not just about shopping and new teachers - there's lots to get ready for! Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret have some tips for you and your kids about getting back in the swing of things to help with the transitions you may face. You and your kids have to make some adjustments after these lazy summer days... listen in and make sure you are ready to take on the year with energy!

Quick Trips 7: Kid Chores

The word chores may strike fear in to the heart of any kid but no worries parents! Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret of The Parent Trip, have a Quick Trip for you to help ease your child into the proper chores for his or her age. Show them chores are more than busy work they are actually fundamental in emotional growth. Who knew, right? Running Time: 14 minutes

Duration: 00:14:37

The Parent Trip: Holy Parenting!

You can call it organic, you can say its too hard to do but this show is about getting down to the nitty gritty of holistic living and how it can effect and aide your parenting. Turns out, its not really hard to adapt to in fact, your grandparents were probably living this way in their everyday life! Suzanne for The MESHs Be Holistic is our guest today as we discover there is a little hippie in all of us! You just have to listen cause, we know, parenting sure is one crazy trip!

Duration: 00:53:12

Quick Trips 6: Go Green

You may think hippy or dirty. Maybe old or broken? But reduce, reuse and recycle have become everyday language in our kids lives. Actually, going green can mean a lot of things and today we share some quick ideas on how you can guide your kids to a greener lifestyle! Plus, this serves as a nice teaser to the upcoming full-length episode of The Parent Trip all about parenting holistically. Join us on this crazy trip we call parenting!

Duration: 00:06:41

Quick Trip 5: Quick Food

Your hosts Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret take a Quick Trip by talking about making mealtime easier for your busy, on-the-go lifestyle. Join in as we generate ideas to make feeding the family a little less hectic. Less time for planning means more time for enjoying your little ones! With tips about pre-chopping to freezer style, this Quick Trip is one you dont want to miss. Running Time: 10 minutes

Duration: 00:11:00

The Parent Trip: Bullies and Bees

What causes sibling rivalry? Is it good clean fun or something to worry about? What about bullying? Is it the social media craze or has nothing changed since the beginning of time? Man, there is so much going on in this episode. Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret welcome Jackie and Mike as we talk about siblings, bullies, the causes, effects, and how to curb these behaviors. But its not all business, we talk about Jackies style, Mikes look-alike, MMs Halloween dilemma, and Carol Annes love of...

Duration: 01:05:23

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