Spawned

Admit it, parenting is probably the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

And it doesn’t help that people love to judge.

Sometimes, they even want to do your parenting for you! Then again, everyone else is an expert when it comes to other people’s children.

Listening to parenting advice from serious professionals “high up” in the field is great and enriching.

But many moms feel like sh*t afterwards. Why?

Simply because it gets rubbed in their face how they haven’t done enough. Or because all they hear is what they’ve been doing wrong.

After a hard day of taking care of your family, feeling inadequate is probably the last thing you’d want to feel.

Relax. Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase get it!

These cool moms of three and four respectively, are behind the revolutionary Cool Mom Picks website that took off back in 2006. And clearly, as the name implies, they’re cool and real moms like you!

Their talent for curating practical ideas related to parenting – from making gift guides to ideas about food and drink – boosted them to popularity.

Their light and funny approach towards motherhood has gained them appearances on shows like TODAY Show, Martha Stewart and The Meredith Vieira Show.

And of course, they also came up with this cool podcast about modern parenting especially for you – Spawned.

The title gives it away. It’s definitely funny and you’ll surely have a good laugh.

It’s informative in a non-preachy way. And mind you, Spawned won the 2016 Iris Awards for Best Parenting Podcast.

Needless to say, Liz and Kristen are not the types to be all judgy and frown at you when you ignore your kids.

In fact, one classic podcast episode of Spawned is entitled, “Why it’s good to ignore your kids sometimes. Yes, really.”

They also invite experts to the show to make the talks even more interesting.

latest episodes

Pandemic fails, data-driven decision making, and more: A lively chat with Emily Oster | Episode 262

2021-11-30 13:00:00
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Kids, gratitude and the holidays | Ep 261

2021-11-24 00:03:49
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Kids and the Covid-19 vaccine: Dr. Preeti Parikh answers parents' top questions | Ep 261

2021-11-18 16:00:00
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The benefits of Minecraft for kids, with author Delilah Dawson | Episode 259

2021-11-16 11:00:00
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How to work for change in the world, without losing your joy, with Karen Walrond | Episode 258

2021-11-09 23:00:00
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Raising good digital citizens with Diana Graber | Ep 257

2021-11-02 20:07:00
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Why we're so excited about Hello, Star, the most anticipated children's book of the fall | Episode 256

2021-10-27 16:00:00
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Jenny Lawson on depression, anxiety, and why we have to talk about it | Ep 255

2021-10-20 23:30:20
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Parenting LGBTQ+ kids with Kristin Russo | Ep 254

2021-10-14 23:32:06
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How to make STEM more accessible to girls, with aerospace engineer Keji Sojobi | Episode 253

2021-10-05 15:07:57
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Instagram, girls, and body image: What parents need to know | Spawned Episode 252

2021-09-29 13:00:00
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Why diverse books for kids are so important, with author Meena Harris | Episode 251

2021-09-22 15:00:00
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Navigating step-parenting with Coach Naja Hall | Ep 250

2021-09-14 21:49:00
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Raising resilient kids in a world gone sideways, with author Madeline Levine | Episode 249

2021-09-08 20:00:00
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The kids are fighting and it's exhausting. Tips from Dr. Sheryl Ziegler | Spawned 248

2021-09-01 08:32:00
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How to raise kids who aren't assholes (aka kind, empathic, awesome adults) | Episode 247

2021-08-26 00:00:00
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Should you send your kids back to school? AKA DEJA VU EPISODE episode | Episode 246

2021-08-17 16:00:00
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Crop Tops Over 40? Sure! | Ep 245

2021-07-14 01:15:15
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These parenting tips from James Breakwell are lifesavers. Literally. | Episode 244

2021-07-06 22:00:00
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Parenting teens: Expert answers to some of the toughest questions | Spawned Episode 243

2021-06-30 14:00:00
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Parenting your child towards their passions: A special Father's Day episode with Christopher and Pepper Persley | Ep 242

2021-06-19 02:05:00
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The power of influence in parenting, with Kelly Rippon | Episode 241

2021-06-11 12:00:00
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So, about that whole mental load thing... with author Eve Rodsky | Episode 240

2021-06-03 00:00:00
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Tony-winner Ali Stroker on helping kids be proud of their disabilities | Ep 239

2021-05-27 14:47:02
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The Mom Life Crisis: How to recenter yourself in your own life | Ep 238

2021-05-19 14:07:51
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College applications with less stress: Betsy Cadel | Ep 237

2021-05-12 21:16:28
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Rene Syler on Speaking up about racism | Ep 236

2021-04-27 22:26:22
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Empowering and inspiring tweens and teens with books, with author Helena Dahlgren | Episode 235

2021-04-23 18:00:00
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Judith Warner on Kids, Resilience, and the Pandemic | Spawned 234

2021-04-21 14:57:51
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How to raise addiction-resistant children, with Jessica Lahey | Ep 233

2021-04-13 21:44:30
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Can You Really Be a Feminist Dad? With Jordan Shapiro | Ep 232

2021-04-08 00:40:59
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"Embrace the Janet Jackson rule": Supporting women in the workplace | Ep 231

2021-03-31 15:50:10
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Showing up for yourself and your friends in pandemic times | Episode 230

2021-03-25 15:00:00
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14 talks to have with your child before 14: A conversation with author Michelle Icard | Episode 229

2021-03-12 17:00:00
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Kate DiCamillo: Why kids need superheroes right now | Spawned 228

2021-03-10 21:05:47
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Janice Johnson Dias: Parenting with joy, raising change-makers, and navigating the f*ckery of life. | Ep 227

2021-03-02 16:02:10
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Donzaleigh Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr's goddaughter, on growing up in the civil rights movement | Spawned 226

2021-02-23 18:10:14
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How organizing our homes is giving us some control we need | Ep 225

2021-02-11 19:53:59
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Why we need to reframe how we view self-care, with Dr. Christine Koh | Episode 224

2021-01-29 17:00:00
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Vaccine safety and Covid-19 with Dr. Perri Klass | Ep 223

2020-12-18 15:38:00
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Our favorite ways to support small business this holiday | Spawned 222

2020-12-10 07:41:00
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Making peace with A Very Pandemic Holiday ™ | Ep 221

2020-11-25 18:48:19
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What are you wearing: Pandemic quarantine edition (AKA A little, fun diversion) | Spawned Episode 220

2020-11-03 20:00:00
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Helping kids with reading: What we don't know | Ep 219

2020-10-14 12:40:24
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"One Good Thing A Day" | Ep 218

2020-10-08 19:54:03
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So about those gender reveal parties...and other things parents need to know about gender stereotypes | Spawned Ep 217

2020-09-15 00:00:00
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Lisa Damour on teens, school, and mental health | Ep 216

2020-09-08 23:39:07
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ELECTION FACT CHECK: Why voting by mail is safe + important | Ep 215

2020-08-31 13:59:09
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What we get wrong about kids and tech: Jordan Shapiro | Spawned ep 214

2020-08-14 00:01:44
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The pandemic is screwing working moms: Katherine Goldstein | Ep 213

2020-08-05 16:05:36
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Making the most of your time when time has no meaning | Ep 212

2020-07-29 19:00:00
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Can I send my kids back to school during Covid-19? | Ep 211

2020-07-22 09:51:00
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Kids and birthdays in the age of Covid | Ep 210

2020-07-14 17:10:05
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Should you consider homeschooling this fall because of COVID-19? Episode 209

2020-07-07 00:00:00
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Why we need play, levity, and romance, even in a pandemic | Ep 208

2020-06-29 10:00:00
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The new midlife crisis of GenX women | Ep 207

2020-06-23 11:48:49
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How to be the fun mom, with fun dad and Magic for Humans host, Justin Willman | Spawned Episode 206

2020-06-16 00:00:00
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Big News: Presenting the Out-Tech Your Kids Podcast! | Trailer

2020-06-15 13:07:32
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Rene Syler on speaking out against racial injustice | Ep 205

2020-06-12 02:45:23
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Meena Harris on the importance of diversity in children's books and raising kids to care | Ep 204

2020-06-04 12:34:58
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What we're keeping and what we're ditching, after this pandemic ends | Spawned Ep 203

2020-05-26 16:00:00
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KJ Dell'Antonia: Happier Parenting in a Pandemic | Ep 202

2020-05-19 15:00:00
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How to Be a Person, with author Catherine Newman | Spawned Episode 201

2020-05-12 00:00:00
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Parenting middle schoolers during a pandemic with author Judith Warner | Spawned Episode 200

2020-05-05 21:00:00
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Virgie Tovar on body positivity and self love, for ourselves and our kids | Ep 199

2020-04-28 00:00:00
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Tova Leigh on Humor, Struggle, Chores and...Clown Sex in Quarantine | Ep 198

2020-04-21 12:33:43
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Finding small joys in crazy times: Ways to make the most of quarantine time with the kids | Ep 197

2020-04-14 08:17:00
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Feeding your kids and family during a quarantine with Stacie Billis | Spawned Ep 196

2020-04-07 00:00:00
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BINGEWATCH NATION: Give yourself permission while we shelter at home! | Ep 195

2020-03-31 13:25:21
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Helping teens who are struggling with social distancing, isolation and loss | Ep 194

2020-03-22 17:45:00
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Special Coronavirus Episode: How to talk to our kids and teens with Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg | Spawned 193

2020-03-12 12:17:38
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Tips for welcoming a new pet into your family, with Victoria Schade | Episode 192

2020-03-10 00:00:00
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Joy Cho of Oh Joy! on encouraging creativity in kids | Ep 191

2020-03-04 00:00:00
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Our almost totally LIVE super fun Valentine's Day episode, with Robert Wilder | Episode 190

2020-02-14 23:15:00
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How do you know when to move? | Ep 189

2020-02-13 13:02:01
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Valentine's Day crafts and activities you can do with your kids | Spawned Ep 188

2020-02-06 13:00:00
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Peggy Orenstein on Boys & Sex | Ep 187

2020-02-05 15:25:45
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Tackling one of the trickiest parts of parenting: Discipline | Ep 186

2020-02-01 13:00:00
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Smart, surprising ways to foster real connections with your kids, with Dr. Sheryl Ziegler | Ep 185

2020-01-30 15:00:00
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How to protect your kids from the real dangers in life. Like woolly mammoths. | Ep 184

2020-01-14 18:34:16
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It's okay to say vagina!

2020-01-07 18:59:51
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How to create more positive thinking to manifest success this year | Ep 182

2019-12-24 03:24:30
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Expert answers to your top questions about parenting teens | Episode 181

2019-12-17 01:00:00
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Our annual Cool Picks of the Week Holiday episode | Spawned Ep 180

2019-12-10 01:00:00
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Our best money-saving tips for holiday shopping | Ep 179

2019-12-03 10:29:00
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How writing thank you letters could change your life | Episode 178

2019-11-26 01:00:00
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On acting, activism, and taking action: A conversation with Alysia Reiner | Spawned Episode 177

2019-11-20 02:00:00
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Big family tips for families of all sizes | Episode 176

2019-11-15 13:00:00
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How to be a tech-positive parent (and why you want to be one) | Episode 175

2019-11-12 01:00:00
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Holiday craziness and stress: Let's sloooooow things down, please? | Spawned

2019-11-05 19:50:58
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The best new cookbooks for families: Suzy Chase of Cookery by the Book | Ep 173

2019-10-15 12:12:09
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How to prioritize the things we love | Ep 172

2019-10-08 12:11:32
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Should kids be banned from restaurants? Ep 171

2019-10-01 00:00:00
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Let's stop freaking out about kids and social media

2019-09-24 10:56:18
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You are a f*cking awesome mom with author Leslie Bruce | Ep 169

2019-09-17 00:00:00
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Who Can Be Called a Single Mom: Rachel Sklar | Ep 168

2019-08-20 00:00:00
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Surviving and thriving as a new working mom | Ep 167

2019-08-13 02:00:00
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How to deal with sanctimommies (and tame your own) | Spawned Ep 166

2019-08-06 01:00:00
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Celebrating birthdays with older kids | Ep 165

2019-07-31 00:00:00
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Stop fighting with your kids! | Ep 164

2019-07-23 08:38:00
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