Ep. 301 - What if My Son Wants to Wear “Girl” Clothes?
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
5d ago
In the special segment "Mom Confessions," Laura and Shanna divulge their hilarious and embarrassing parenting moves recently, including using an unexpected product from the medicine cabinets, having surprising feelings while shopping at a big-box store and more! Also, Laura talks about potty training her three-year-old, and Shanna reports on chaperoning a second-grade field trip. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 8 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 3 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -When is a good time to start potty train ..read more
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Ep. 298 - Letting Your Kids Go at Their Own Pace
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
3w ago
In the special segment "Stump the Moms," Shanna and Laura quiz each other on parenting-related trivia, diving into the topic of bizarre teething treatments and more! Also, Shanna reports on feeling conflicted about her 5-year-old's sudden clinginess, and Laura discusses her 5-year-old's newfound enthusiasm for writing. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 8 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 3 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -Fostering independence in a clingy child -5-year-old writing -3-year-old yearly checkup -Sea creature ..read more
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Ep. 297 - Preparing for Your Second Child: Interview with Erica Djossa
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
1M ago
Laura and Shanna dive into the topic of how to prepare for your second child with Erica Djossa, CEO and founder of Momwell and the author of the upcoming book "Releasing the Mother Load: How to Carry Less and Enjoy Motherhood More." Erica answers listener questions about evening out the mental load before baby arrives, handling concerns about loving your new baby as much as your first, preparing for a second child after having experienced postpartum depression and anxiety the first time around and more. Also, Laura checks in about her family's rainy week, and Shanna reports on handling her 5-y ..read more
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Ep. 295 - Report from a Disney Newb
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
1M ago
In the special segment "Gripe Water," Shanna and Laura air their petty parenting grievances, sounding off about drones invading inappropriate spaces, shockingly complex kids' books and more! Also, Shanna reports on her family's very first trip to Disneyland, and Laura talks about the joint birthday party she had for her 3- and 5-year-old. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 2.5 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -Kids' birthday parties -Joint birthday parties -Disneyland -Drones spying on k ..read more
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Ep. 294 - What Is Mother Phubbing?
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
1M ago
Laura and Shanna dive into the topics of mother phubbing, anosmia, smoke-detector mysteries and more in this week's special segment, "What I Googled This Week." Also, Shanna reports on her 8-year-old daughter's request to change her name, and Laura talks about finally getting Covid after four years of avoiding the virus. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 2.5 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -Your child wanting to change their name -5-year-old entering expressive phase -Getting Covid as ..read more
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Ep. 293 - Handling Your Child's Fear of the Dark
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
2M ago
In the special segment "Mom Wins!," Shanna and Laura share some recent parenting successes, including solving a very tricky homework problem, instilling an important lesson about body boundaries and more! Also, Laura reports on her five-year-old's first day in tennis class, and Shanna reports on her five-year-old's newfound fear of the dark. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 2.5 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -Kids participating in sports -Tennis -How to handle your child's fear of th ..read more
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Ep. 292 - Dear Past Me: Wisdom About Pregnancy, C-Section Recovery, Mental Health and More
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
2M ago
In a brand-new special segment called "Dear Past Me," Laura and Shanna give pregnancy and parenting advice to their past selves, including words of wisdom about celebrating pregnancy, recovering from c-sections, knowing what to expect in the hospital after giving birth and more. Also, Shanna checks in on her kids' never-ending winter break, and Laura reports on her son's fifth birthday! Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 2.5 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -New Year's Day 2024 -Going to ..read more
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Ep. 290 - Mom Hacks for Time Management, Quick Laughs, Car Trash and More!
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
2M ago
In the special segment "What the Hack?!," Shanna and Laura share some of their favorite parenting tips, including a simple trick that will cheer you up instantly, a hack for handling car trash, a tool for managing time with kids and more! Also, Shanna shares the unexpected incident that derailed her family this week, and Laura reports on struggling with work-life balance. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 4.5 years old and 2.5 years old. Topics discussed in this episode: -Appendicitis -Taking toddlers out in publi ..read more
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Ep. 289 - Can AI Make Your Mom-Life Easier?
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
3M ago
In the special segment "Internet Insanity," Laura and Shanna share the wild and wacky parenting-related content they've found online recently, including a story of cheerleading sabotage involving deepfake videos and Laura's hilarious attempt to use AI to design her family's holiday cards. Also, Laura reports on her sons getting their very first professional haircuts, and Shanna talks about witnessing a car accident while her kids were in the car with her. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 4.5 years old and 2.5 year ..read more
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Ep. 288 - The Best Vehicle for Families (Just Don’t Tell Our Younger Selves!)
Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey
by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
3M ago
In the special segment "Never Have I Ever: Parenting Edition," Shanna and Laura share the hilarious and unexpected situations they have never found themselves in until becoming parents, including a surprising discovery on a 4-year-old's iPad, a harrowing yet bizarre rescue mission involving cleats, hair and a zipper, and more! Also, Shanna reports on her daughter's fifth birthday party, and Laura discusses her family's adventure to Legoland. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 4.5 years old and 2.5 years old. Topics ..read more
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