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Toddler Purgatory is a comedy parenting podcast by and for moms of kids under six. Hosted by hilarious moms Molly Lloyd and Blaire Brooks, each episode of Toddler Purgatory digs deep on a different parenting topic, providing some real talk, some expert advice, and a ton of laughs. Parenting little kids might feel like you're stuck in purgatory sometimes, but with Blaire and Molly as your guides, you'll have a lot more fun along the way. New episodes every Tuesday! Thanks for subscribing and listening! Find out more at toddlerpurgatory.com and on social media #toddlerpurgatory.

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    • 4.5 • 107 Ratings

Toddler Purgatory is a comedy parenting podcast by and for moms of kids under six. Hosted by hilarious moms Molly Lloyd and Blaire Brooks, each episode of Toddler Purgatory digs deep on a different parenting topic, providing some real talk, some expert advice, and a ton of laughs. Parenting little kids might feel like you're stuck in purgatory sometimes, but with Blaire and Molly as your guides, you'll have a lot more fun along the way. New episodes every Tuesday! Thanks for subscribing and listening! Find out more at toddlerpurgatory.com and on social media #toddlerpurgatory.

    Having Tough Conversations with Our Little Ones

    Having Tough Conversations with Our Little Ones

    How do we talk to our kids about things we ourselves don't even fully understand? Some of the most difficult topics to discuss with kids are sex, death, illness, divorce, and natural disasters or tragedies. Molly and Blaire give recommendations for taking care of yourself, guiding the conversation, and avoiding euphemisms or metaphors that may be more harmful than helpful.
    Molly and Blaire discuss:

    Ways to frame death for kids

    What age to start tough conversations

    How to discuss tragedies in a nonjudgmental way


    Here are links to some of the resources referenced in the episode:
    Dr. Steven J. Berkowitz for the Child Mind Institute: "What Makes an Event Traumatic for a Child?"
    Lisa Milbrand for Parents.com: "A Step-By-Step Guide to Talking to Kids About Death and Grief"
    American Psychological Association: "How to talk to children about difficult news"

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    • 48 min
    The Most Stressful Place On Earth: The Disney Conundrum

    The Most Stressful Place On Earth: The Disney Conundrum

    Is Disney World a childhood mecca or a cruel and unusual punishment? Rite of passage or consumerist hellscape? For some families, Disney is NOT the happiest place on Earth. Blaire and Molly discuss the pros and cons of taking their kids to Disney and why it maybe doesn't define their worth as parents.
    In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

    The pros and cons of taking kids of different ages to Disney World

    How your relationship with Disney content affects your experience at the park

    The infamous bug show at the Animal Kingdom


    Links to resources mentioned in today's episode:
    James Brockbank for The Family Vacation Guide: "What Is The Best Age To Take Kids To Disney World?"
    Blaire's awesome floral gown
    Kingdom stroller rental
    Special thanks to this month's sponsors:
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    • 48 min
    Helping Our Kids Keep a Positive Body Image

    Helping Our Kids Keep a Positive Body Image

    How do we protect our kids from negative images about bodies, diet culture, and food without locking them in a Rapunzel tower? The truth is, we can't. But we CAN start nonjudgmental conversations about body positivity, food, and and self-esteem with our kids at home.
    In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

    how to pay attention to your thoughts and beliefs around food and body image

    how to praise your child for things other than their appearance

    the R.E.A.L. acronym


    Links to the resources mentioned in the episode:
    Sumner Brooks for Good Housekeeping: "How to Raise a Kid Who Is Satisfied With Their Body, According to a Registered Dietitian"
    Carolina Public Health Magazine: "Survey finds disordered eating behaviors among three out of four American women"
    Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder

    Special thanks to this month's sponsors:
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    Little Passports offers globally inspired, award-winning monthly subscription kits designed for curious kids to fuel their inner explorer. For listeners of the show, Little Passports is offering new customers 20% off when you go to littlepassports.com/purgatory
    Metabolic Reds is a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/toddler to get a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your first order. 
    Peloton has workouts for every schedule, every goal, and every fitness level. The Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, its best price yet! Including FREE delivery and setup. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.
    Prose is the healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today! Go to prose.com/toddler
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 30% off your first order. 
    With Thrive Market, you can shop everything from healthy pantry essentials and sustainable meat and seafood to non-toxic cleaning and beauty products - all delivered right to your door. Go to thrivemarket.com/laughing to get $80 worth of free groceries.
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    • 48 min
    Separation Anxiety (and How to Help Your Kids Cope)

    Separation Anxiety (and How to Help Your Kids Cope)

    Our child has finally realized they are separate from us. Yay! Aaaaaand cue the separation anxiety. The fact that separation anxiety signals growth in kids doesn't make it any easier for mother or child. But there are coping strategies on both sides that can ease some of the pain.
    In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

    What separation anxiety looks like in different ages (and in moms)

    The tend-and-befriend theory

    How to tell normal separation anxiety from a disorder


    Links to resources mentioned in the episode:
    Wendy Sue Swanson for healthychildren.org: "How to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety"
    Scott Edwards and Emily Rizzitano for Boston Children's Hospital: "Helping your child cope with separation anxiety"
    Ashurina Ream for Psyched Mommy: "7 Tips to Manage Maternal Separation Anxiety"
    "Grownups Come Back" a song about separation anxiety from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS Kids

    Special thanks to this month's sponsors:
    Faherty is a family-run brand making high-quality, timeless clothing with modern design and functionality. Head to fahertybrand.com/LAUGHING and use code FRESH at checkout to snag 20% off ALL your new spring staples.
    Firstleaf is a no-brainer if you love finding and tasting new wine! Join today and you’ll get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 and free shipping! Just go to tryfirstleaf.com/TODDLER.
    Little Passports offers globally inspired, award-winning monthly subscription kits designed for curious kids to fuel their inner explorer. For listeners of the show, Little Passports is offering new customers 20% off when you go to littlepassports.com/purgatory
    Peloton has workouts for every schedule, every goal, and every fitness level. The Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, its best price yet! Including FREE delivery and setup. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.
    Prose is the healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today! Go to prose.com/toddler
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 30% off your first order. 
    With Thrive Market, you can shop everything from healthy pantry essentials and sustainable meat and seafood to non-toxic cleaning and beauty products - all delivered right to your door. Go to thrivemarket.com/laughing to get $80 worth of free groceries.
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    • 45 min
    How to Talk to Our Kids About Gender Identities

    How to Talk to Our Kids About Gender Identities

    A child begins to have an innate sense of their gender between ages 3 and 5. It may be daunting to help kids understand something as complex as gender identity as such a young age, but being a safe space for kids to ask questions and share observations is a good place to start.
    In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

    How to observe your own feelings and judgements about gender

    How to start the conversation about gender with your child

    How to detect when your child is telling you about their own gender


    Links to resources mentioned in this episode:
    It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn
    Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
    Darling Days by iO Tillett Wright
    Find your local PFLAG group: https://pflag.org/
    Azeen Ghorayshi for The New York Times: "Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Transgender Young People in the U.S."
    plannedparenthood.com: "How do I talk with my preschooler about identity?"
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "When Do Children Develop Their Gender Identity?"
    World Health Organization: Gender and Health

    Special thanks to this month's sponsors:
    Faherty is a family-run brand making high-quality, timeless clothing with modern design and functionality. Head to fahertybrand.com/LAUGHING and use code FRESH at checkout to snag 20% off ALL your new spring staples.
    Firstleaf is a no-brainer if you love finding and tasting new wine! Join today and you’ll get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95 and free shipping! Just go to tryfirstleaf.com/TODDLER.
    Little Passports offers globally inspired, award-winning monthly subscription kits designed for curious kids to fuel their inner explorer. For listeners of the show, Little Passports is offering new customers 20% off when you go to littlepassports.com/purgatory
    Peloton has workouts for every schedule, every goal, and every fitness level. The Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, its best price yet! Including FREE delivery and setup. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.
    Prose is the healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today! Go to prose.com/toddler
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 30% off your first order. 
    With Thrive Market, you can shop everything from healthy pantry essentials and sustainable meat and seafood to non-toxic cleaning and beauty products - all delivered right to your door. Go to thrivemarket.com/laughing to get $80 worth of free groceries.
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    • 46 min
    Sports: Which Ones, What Ages, and Why

    Sports: Which Ones, What Ages, and Why

    How young is too young to drive your kid three states away for a lacrosse tournament? Is it 5? (Yes, yes it is.) It's tempting to use sports to teach our kids valuable lessons, tire them out, and groom them for the Olympics. But sports for young kids are intrinsically valuable, even without structure, competition, or score keeping. And why would you want your kids to grow up to make millions of dollars a year playing baseball when they could be actors, anyway?
    In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

    How sports both help and hurt young kids

    How to instill a love of sports in kids, minus unhealthy competition mindsets

    How to incorporate all kinds of fun activities into kids' schedules


    Here are the links to some of the resources mentioned in the show:
    Patty Onderko for parenting.com: "Toddler Sports"
    Kelly Wallace for CNN: "How to make your kid hate sports without really trying"
    Spooky Nook Sports: "How To Get Kids Interested In Sports - Best Sports For Kids"

    Special thanks to this month's sponsors:
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    Firstleaf is a no-brainer if you love finding and tasting new wines! Get 6 bottles of wine for just $29.95 (and free shipping!) at tryfirstleaf.com/TODDLER. 
    Hiya is the allergen-free, pediatrician-approved, super-powered chewable vitamin that will get your kids the full-body nourishment they need. Go to hiyahealth.com/TODDLER and receive 50% off your first order. 
    Peloton has workouts for seriously everyone– and the Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, including free delivery and setup. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.
    Prose is the healthy hair regimen with your name all over it. Get 15% off your first order today! Go to prose.com/toddler.
    Thrive Market offers healthy pantry essentials and sustainable meat, plus nontoxic cleaning and beauty products. Join Thrive Market today and get $80 in free groceries! Go to thrivemarket.com/laughing.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Stutz Girl ,

Sleepy Answers

Just listened to the episode on sleep. So many great ideas and I loved the connection and banter everyone had. I’ll definitely be listening to more.

jomama512 ,

Honest

I relate to Blaire’s “spirited kids” struggles so fiercely…from what I felt as a child to now as a parent with a spirited kid. I just really really appreciate y’all’s comedic honesty that is also so vulnerable and relatable to this mom. Thanks y’all! 😘

jn00000000 ,

Annoying hosts

The hosts are constantly trying to joke around (but they're not funny) which I find pretty annoying. The content is just so-so.

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