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Ep. 252 – Parenting Triggers

In the special segment “Big Topic,” Shanna and Laura dive into the subject of parenting triggers. They talk about the situations and behaviors that automatically fire up strong feelings, explore how their triggers are related to their own childhoods and discuss ways of handling these reactions in the present. Also, Shanna talks about getting her […] Read More
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Ep. 226: Grief While Parenting

In a special “Big Topic/Throwback” segment, Laura talks about the recent passing of a loved one, discusses how she explained the loss to her three-year-old and shares memories from her childhood. Shanna reports on her six-year-old’s crush on a surprising person and on her kids’ recent escape from their house. Finally, they share their BFPs […] Read More

Ep. 217: Pandemic Parenting Hangovers

In the special segment “Big Topic,” Laura and Shanna dive deep into the topic of parenting during the pandemic and the residual effects that experience has had on their lives. Also, Laura reports on her family trip to Portland, and Shanna has an eye-opening conversation with her three-year-old. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs […] Read More

Ep. 196: Laura’s Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Story

In Part Two of their “Big Topic” segment on postpartum depression and anxiety, Laura and Shanna talk about Laura’s experience with undiagnosed PPA and PPD after the birth of her son. Also, Shanna talks about filling out a questionable preschool application, and Laura reports on her family’s most recent trip to Disneyland and the parenting […] Read More

Ep. 195: Shanna’s Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Story

In Part One of their “Big Topic” segment on postpartum depression and anxiety, Laura and Shanna talk about Shanna’s experience with PPD and PPA after the birth of her second daughter. Also, Laura talks about how she handles her one-year-old’s early-morning wakeups, and Shanna reveals her temporary solution to her three-year-old’s night wakings. Finally, they […] Read More

Ep. 160: Screen Time for Toddlers

In the special segment “Big Topic,” Shanna and Laura dive into the complicated issue of screen time for kids. They get real about how they each handle screen time in their homes, how they feel about it, and the pitfalls and benefits of introducing little ones to TVs, tablets and phones. Also, Shanna reports on […] Read More

Ep. 139: Laura’s Surprise VBAC Birth Story

Laura had her baby! In this episode, she talks about how it all went down, including whether she ended up having a VBAC or repeat C-section. Also, Shanna discusses her surprising decision about her toddler’s potty training. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 2 years old, and Laura’s […] Read More

Ep. 110: Deciding to Have Another Baby

In this week’s special segment “Big Topic,” Shanna and Laura dive into the topic that family members and strangers alike just LOVE to ask us about: “Are you going to have another baby?” Also, Laura talks about her toddler’s expanding vocabulary and his newfound reptilian buddies, and Shanna comes clean about her quarantine exhaustion and […] Read More

Ep. 91: Dropping Naps and Picking Up Babies

Transitioning a toddler from two naps to one is a daunting task, and this week Laura and Shanna discuss their attempts at dropping the second nap. They also talk about the RIE approach to picking up babies and how quickly a parent can become accustomed to the seemingly bizarre practice. Also, in the special segment […] Read More

Ep. 78: A Massive Mom Milestone

2020 is here, and Shanna and Laura are approaching a massive mom milestone – finishing the first year of parenting a new baby! They keep it real as they reflect on the last 12 months as new moms, from the joy, to the chaos, to the best books they’ve managed to read from cover to […] Read More