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Biz and Theresa are back together again and wonder why we feel like vending machines. Maybe it's because we spend all day being the giver and taker-away of all good things. A child will relentlessly ask for stuff and we have to say "no" so many times a day, then occasionally we say "yes" because we're tired of saying "no!" Then saying "yes" opens many new terrible doors (When! Now? Now? Now?) and the "yes" just feeds this fire. It perpetuates the idea that we are the providers and they should keep constantly asking for things because sometimes we'll say "yes." And now the machine has eaten my dollar! GIVE ME MY NUTTER BUTTERS! Plus Biz shares some science, Theresa is all signed up for camp and we welcome back Lisa Kenney of Gender Spectrum to talk about the importance of incorporating gender inclusive materials into schools’ existing puberty and health education curricula.

To learn more about Gender Spectrum, go to genderspectrum.org. You can find their Principles for Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education online at genderspectrum.org/blog/gender-inclusive-puberty-and-health-education. Listen to our previous interview with Lisa Kenney on Episode 188. Follow Gender Spectrum on Twitter @GenderSpectrum and on Instagram at gender_spectrum.

We are coming to Boston!! We will be at CitySpace for a live show on Saturday, September 14th. You can purchase your tickets at: https://thewilbur.com/wbur-cityspace/artist/one-bad-mother/ We will also be doing a book signing after the show. You can purchase your books at the show or pre-purchase through the ticket link and pick your books up at the show!

Check out Theresa's new book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Michelin and PANDA and Casper. So next time when you’re looking for new tires for the family car, consider Michelin Premier® All Season tires. Michelin, performance EVERY time! Check out the Princeton and NYU Discoveries in Action lab (or PANDA) at DiscoveriesInAction.org and sign up! Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/badmother and using badmother at checkout. Terms and conditions apply.

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa ponder the hardest question we have faced yet, “So, you are stranded on a desert island and you can only bring things your kids like. What do you bring?” Who will prove the greater survivor!? Plus Biz is probably having a wonderful time, Theresa can’t even have "me" time at 4am and we talk to Meenal Patel about her children’s book Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala.

Follow Meenal on her website at MeenalPatelStudio.com and on Instagram at instagram.com/meenal_land. Her book Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala is available on Etsyor you can request it from your local book store.

Check out Theresa's new book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Harper Wilde and Lola. Go to Harperwilde.com/badmother and use promo code BADMOTHER to get 15% off your first purchase. For 40% off all subscriptions, visit Mylola.com and enter badmother40 when you subscribe!

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa are packing our bags for Camp Mom! Camp Mom…an exciting opportunity to save money and spend quality time with your children! It's as easy as staying up after the kids go to bed and outlining a syllabus of science, art, and movement activities that children of any age and any interest level will totally be into. Don’t forget meals! Be it Mom, Dad, a sitter, a grandparent or the dog next door, the counselor is in and doesn’t want talking after lights out. Plus Biz gets parenting tips and Theresa has a reminder.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Mathnasium and Michelin. Avoid the “Summer Slide” by contacting Mathnasium today! Go to Mathnasium.com/obm or call 855-354-MATH. Next time when you’re looking for new tires for the family car, consider Michelin. Michelin, performance EVERY time!

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa explore the pros and cons of our kids sharing good news with each other. “I know you got a goody bag at the party but how about you don’t tell your brother?” “I am so proud of you for your hard work on your project. You deserved the prize you got. Don’t tell your brother!” How do we find the balance of celebrating good news with our kids while avoiding the jealousy and greed that often follow? Plus Biz tells it like it is, Theresa isn’t going to pack a snack and we talk to trans and queer artist Noah Grigni, illustrator of Theresa’s new book It Feels Good To Be Yourself.

Find out more from Noah on Instagram at ngrigni or on their website at Noahgrigni.comIt Feels Good to Be Yourself is available now wherever you buy books.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Michelin. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership, visit Care.com/mother when you subscribe. Next time you are looking for new tires for the family car, consider Michelin. Michelin, performance EVERY time!

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa unpack their emotional baggage around actual packing. When did going on a three day trip turn into packing for an expedition to the Amazon? The amount of stuff we absolutely need to bring with us weighs heavy on the soul, not to mention the airplane baggage limit. Plus Biz returns from the Midwest, Theresa fills her mind, and we talk to Jessica Love about her new picture book, Julián is a Mermaid.

You can find Jessica Love on Twitter @Jessica67755257 or on her website Jesslove.format.com. Her book Julián is a Mermaid is out now and we cannot recommend it enough!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Mozaics Chips and Casper. Go to Deliciousness.com and use code MOTHER at checkout to take 20% off your first order of snacks. Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/badmother and using code badmother at checkout. Terms and conditions apply.

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa wonder what is up with pirates? Real pirates are known for theft and murder, but every other kid has a pirate costume. (And, let's face it, they're adorable.) From swordplay to walking the plank...I guess we're all culturally cool with our kids admiring and identifying with this one particular violent and morally-corrupt lifestyle. LOL! But yeah honestly we're fine with it, guys. Getting a group of kids to yell "ARRRRRRGH!" never gets old. Plus, Biz kisses camp goodbye, Theresa masters the morning, and we talk to Angela Garbes about her new book Like a Mother, A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.

You can find more from Angela Garbes on Twitter @agarbes or on her website at Angelagarbes.com. Her article on breast milk is "The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am." Her book Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Audible and Care.com. Go to Audible.com/badmother or text badmotherto 500-500 to start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership, visit Care.com/mother when you subscribe.

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa explore the complicated nature of receiving gifts from our children, from edible treats to physical affection to artistic renderings. How do we celebrate these occasionally misguided and even off-putting but nonetheless heartfelt gifts without sacrificing...oh, I don't know, our human dignity? HA! Are we really required to eat the thing that the 4 year old is calling "pancakes?" Plus, Biz feels like a fair ride, Theresa is ready for stuff to start getting easier, and we talk with Alissa Quart, author of SQUEEZED: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America.

You can find more from Alissa Quart on Twitter @lisquart or on her website at Alissaquart.com. Her new book Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Bombas. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership, visit Care.com/mother when you subscribe! Go to Bombas.com/badmother, and use code BADMOTHER to get 20% off your first order.

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa explore our desire to prove to others that we’re doing enough as parents. Regardless of what we’re going through with our kids, when someone tries to be helpful by saying, “Have you tried...xyz?” it can leave us feeling like all our efforts are invisible. So...that’s a thing! Plus, Biz wonders “Who those people are?,” Theresa has been shocked, and we speak with author Rumaan Alam about his new novel That Kind Of Mother.

You can find more from Rumaan on his website rumaanalam.com, on twitter @rumaan, and as the special projects editor of the Books desk for the New York Times. His latest novel That Kind Of Mother is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Storyworth. Go to storyworth.com/BADMOTHER to receive $20 off your subscription. And head to care.com/mother to get 30% off of a care.com premium membership.

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Biz and Theresa wonder what "nagging" really is. Do we just want to keep our kids happy and comfortable or is “nagging” just another word used to belittle women? We know that developmentally kids need help remembering what they need, from keeping hands clean to dressing for the weather to staying safe. But at what point do we need to let go and hope they learn on their own from experiencing discomfort? Hint: NEVER! Plus Biz has a Bad Reputation, Theresa accepts some stuff, and we talk to Kate Rope about the importance of mental health as part of more traditional things to expect when you are expecting in her new book Strong As A Mother.

You can find Kate on twitter @katerope or on her website katerope.com. Her new book Strong As A Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of is out now and we cannot recommend it enough!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Butcher Box. To receive 30% off of a Care.com premium membership go to care.com/MOTHER. And go to butcherbox.com/BADMOTHER for $20 off of your first box and a free order of bacon!

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Show Music Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes) Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes) Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Renée Colvert from the hit MaxFun podcast Can I Pet Your Dog? joins Biz to discuss the question, "Will having dogs prepare me for being a parent?" Is this question insulting, laughable, or does it actually hold some elements of truth? Maybe a little of all three! Plus, Biz discovers a new level of hell and Tugboat is in the house!

Catch a new episode of Can I Pet Your Dog twice a month! You can follow CIPYD on twitter @CIPYDpodcast and Renée @reneecolvert. Renée's dog Tugboat has his very own Instagram account which you can find at @tugboatssgoodboy.

Chicago! We added another LIVE show at GMan Tavern on FRIDAY, May 11th at 8:00 p.m.! Tickets on sale now!

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Our sponsors this week are Care.com and Audible. To save 30% on a premium membership, got to care.com/mother. And to get a free audiobook with your 30-day trial, visit audble.com/BADMOTHER or text “badmother” to 500-500 to get started.

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