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A lively conversation on the joys and challenges of parenting and marriage. A dose of humor, humility, honesty and creative solutions for normal people who want to be amazing parents and spouses.

Growing Up With Kids :: A Funny Parenting Podcast Rachael & David

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

A lively conversation on the joys and challenges of parenting and marriage. A dose of humor, humility, honesty and creative solutions for normal people who want to be amazing parents and spouses.

    Toxic Positivity in Parenting #091

    Toxic Positivity in Parenting #091

    This Week's Episode:
    We are back! Again...

    After a longer-than-expected layoff, we are back to talk about toxic positivity in our parenting--how we sometimes rush over our kids' feelings in an attempt to make them "feel better." If we are being honest, it is often about us wanting to feel better without really acknowledging our kids' hurt / pain / disappointment / fear and just sitting with them in it.

    We also talk about how David remains an idiot in countless ways, and why he needs to trim his eyebrow(s).


    The Stat of the Week is about how much less time married parents are spending together...alone.


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    • 36 min
    Mom, Embrace the Mom You Want to Be Not the One You Think You Should Be #90

    Mom, Embrace the Mom You Want to Be Not the One You Think You Should Be #90

    This Week's Episode:
    After a couple months off we are back to talk about how mom's can focus on being the mom they want to be, not the mom they think they are supposed to be.

    Our discussion is inspired by "Yes Day," and the way that moms and dads can often see and think about parenting differently. We might have different eyes, and often mom's feel more pressure (internally and externally) to "do everything in parenting right."

    It is important to be grounded in order to feel freedom to enjoy time with our kids. We all feel judged and guilty, no matter how disciplined or loose we are as parents. So, how do moms and dads work together to find more freedom, enjoyment, and connection with their kids?


    The Stat of the Week is about the pandemic's impact on young adults living with their parents.


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    • 35 min
    Got Guilt? Fighting Summertime Parenting Shame #089

    Got Guilt? Fighting Summertime Parenting Shame #089

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    This Week's Episode:
    We come back to the issue of parenting guilt every few months...I guess because it is front of mind (and heart) for us. Maybe you can relate.

    This week we are unpacking why we shouldn't feel so much guilt about how our kids spend their time during the summer. We remind ourselves about a few things:
    The summer doesn't have to be perfect.We don't have to curate a world of perfect adventures.It is ok--no, it is good--for our kids to be bored.It is normal to want space from our kids sometimes. They don't need a 24-hour a day cruise director.We should stop emotionally beating ourselves up over all of this.
    The Stat of the Week is about the "changes" in how teens spend their time during the summer. 

    • 34 min
    Summer Tips for Easier Fun at the Pool, Beach, or Wherever #088

    Summer Tips for Easier Fun at the Pool, Beach, or Wherever #088

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    This Week's Episode:
    Full of practical tips for making the most (and easiest) of summer activities--be it the pool, beach, hiking or whatever. [Bonus: David gets angry about bad, one-dimensional parenting advice on social media.)

    The Stat of the Week is also pool-inspired and covers some swimming statistics like how many 18-29 year old Americans own a hot tub or pool and what percentage of people pee in the pool (it's higher than it should be and probably lower than it actually is)!


    We mention a lot of different items in this episode. Here are links to a few of our favorites:
    Speedo mesh bagsTurkish beach towelWet dry bagSunscreens:  Blue Lizard spray and lotionSmall first aid kitBeach cup holderYeti CoozieYeti Hopper coolerLarge Ziploc containersMom bagsScout beach bagScout Rocket Pocket bagBOGG bag

    • 36 min
    Never Enough: That (Untrue) Feeling We All Have #087

    Never Enough: That (Untrue) Feeling We All Have #087

    This Week's Episode:
    Have you ever felt like you just can't be enough...enough at work, enough at home, enough in your marriage, enough with your kids, enough in your friendships???

    Of course you have...we all have.

    This week we are lamenting a little, encouraging each other a lot, and hopefully providing some home and encouragement for you too!

    The Stat of the Week is about the potential pandemic-induced Baby Bust and how many kids mothers are having these days versus the past).


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    • 35 min
    Dealing with Surly Kids of All Ages #086

    Dealing with Surly Kids of All Ages #086

    This Week's Episode:
    We are reminding ourselves how to interact with our kids when they are being surly--no matter what age.
    Be emotionally engaged, but appropriately distanced.Don't expect our kids to be adults.Use humor (wisely).Listen with true curiosity.Communicate clearly.Catch your kids doing "good" things, and provide descriptive, specific praise.
    The Stat of the Week is inspired by our sadness about Bill & Melinda Gates' divorce announcement and is all about divorce statistics.


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    Instagram: growingupwithkidspodcastFacebook: @growingupwithkidspodcastTwitter: @DavidGrowUp and @RachaelGrowUp

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Winner987 ,

Laugh, cry, and feel seen as a parent

You will laugh, cry and feel seen. And then you will laugh again! David and Rachael tackle topics in parenting, marriage and relationships with grace, vulnerably and laughter. You will feel seen. And you will be encouraged. It is binge-worthy!!

SR_ATL ,

Parents, laugh and be encouraged!

Wisdom, wit and parenting grit! Growing Up With Kids has all this and more! David and Rachael invite us into their home and share wisdom with humor and authenticity. This is such a helpful parenting resource that is honest, encouraging and entertaining. Highly recommend!! Oh, and I LOVE stat of the week!

AmberGuinn ,

Not a parent yet

I'm single - I have no husband or kids yet. This is still one of my favorite podcast. I love Rachael and David's outlook on marriage and parenting. I'm taking notes while cracking up. They give me so much hope for a fun and meaningful family one day. Can't speak more highly of this podcast. They are full of wisdom and wit. Worth your time.

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