Listen to Your Mother + Child, Please

Ann Imig, editor of Listen to Your Mother.
Looking at mothers and motherhood from every possible perspective.
Issues: Humorous, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking essays about mothers and motherhood; the Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) events and cultural phenomenon.

Ylonda Gault Caviness, author of Child, Please.
How Mama’s old-school lessons helped one mother check herself before she wrecked herself.
Issues: Black parenting vs. white parenting; the advantages and disadvantages of old-school parenting; why parenting “experts” aren’t actually experts; mother hood and work.

Motherhood Smotherhood + Future Families

JJ Keith, author of Motherhood Smotherhood.
Fighting back against “experts” who are driving us crazy.
Issues: Babies are more durable than you think; avoiding the hyper-judgmental, contradictory, and incorrect info on the internet; what’s wrong with “it takes a village”; why the “make your own baby food” movement is wrong.

Ross Parke, author of Future Families.
Diverse forms, rich possibilities.
Issues: Redefining “family”; changing parental roles; are two mothers (or fathers) good enough?; are multiple caregivers helpful or harmful?; how many “parents” are too many? (insights from the world of assisted reproductive technologies; overcoming the barriers to change.

How Not to Calm a Baby on a Plane

Johanna Stein, author of How Not to Calm a Baby on a Plane.
Hilarious, real-life lessons in parenting.
Issues: Going to war against the color pink; calming your child on a plane with a barfbag puppet–that someone else had used; your first emergency room visit; the most embarrassing and satisfying moments of parenthood; why to never play a practical joke in a hospital delivery room.

Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood

Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple, co-authors of Good Enough Is the New Perfect.
Finding happiness and success in modern motherhood.
Issues: Motherhood and technology; the new mommy wars; do you feel you’ve lost track of what makes you truly happy? Is it possible to “have it all”? The truth is yes—but the secret is to create an “all” that you love.

The Outrageous Side of Motherhood + Single Gal to Mom + Nurturing Yourself

[amazon asin=0373892748&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Amber Dusick, author of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures
Venting about the funny–and frustrating–moments of motherhood
Issues: Of course you love being a parent. But sometimes it just sucks; advice and commentary on sickness, sleeping, pooping, language, eating, and more

[amazon asin=045141814X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Nicole Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink and Swear
True tales of one woman’s struggle to love her kids while losing her mind
Issues: Why family dinner are like herpes; how to avoid smashing toys that are being fought over; the joy of hearing that your son has murdered his imaginary friend.

[amazon asin=0307454339&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Izzy Rose, author of The Package Deal
One woman’s not-so-glamorous transition from single gal to instant mom
Issues: Social supports (or the lack) for step mothers; keeping expectations reasonable; dealing with the pressure to love the kids right away; dealing with the children’s biological mother; how to introduce the kids (“my step-kids” vs “my kids”)

[amazon asin=1592404553&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Amy Tiemann, author of Mojo Mom.
: Nurturing yourself while raising a family.
Issues: how to negotiate a fair division of labor in the house; putting an end to the mommy wars; what happens to a new mother’s life when she brings home a baby? the huge identity shift that new parenthood creates.

The Terms of Motherhood + Child ID Theft

[amazon asin=B007PM0BNW&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Kristin van Ogtrop, author of Let Me Lie Down.
Topic: Necessary terms for the half-insane working mom.
Issues: Terms and concepts that illustrate the highs, and the lows of balancing work and family.

[amazon asin=1936984113&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Joe Mason, author of Bankrupt at Birth.
Topic: Why child ID theft is on the rise and how it’s happening right under our noses.
Issues: Who, exactly, is perpetrating child id theft and why they do it; the most common forms of ID theft and how you can tell if your child is a victim; how to proect your child’s social security number; the role of social media in ID theft.