21 episodes

Parenting. It's fun. It's challenging. It crosses racial and ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Oh, and once you have "it" figured out, everything changes. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, this podcast focuses on the parent. We hope to learn from other parents while giving you, the listener, some actionable tips to help you become a better parent. Note: This podcast is sponsored by gDiapers. Learn more at gdiapers.com.

It Takes a Village To Raise a Parent gDiapers

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

Parenting. It's fun. It's challenging. It crosses racial and ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Oh, and once you have "it" figured out, everything changes. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, this podcast focuses on the parent. We hope to learn from other parents while giving you, the listener, some actionable tips to help you become a better parent. Note: This podcast is sponsored by gDiapers. Learn more at gdiapers.com.

    How to “Be Green” as a Busy Parent

    How to “Be Green” as a Busy Parent

    It can be tough (and time-consuming and expensive) to “be green.” Taking actions — or intentionally not taking actions — can be even more challenging as a parent.
    Your brain is not always working correctly. All the sudden you have less time. Your priorities may have shifted.
    In this episode of It Takes a Village to Raise a Parent, host DJ Waldow chats with Emily Silverstein, former gDiapers Community Manager and current founder of Urban Oreganics. Emily knows how to “be green” and be a parent (no quotes). Even better, she shares her experience, wisdom, and tips with you — the listener.
    Oh, and she tells us HOW TO SAVE THE PLANET (kinda).
    Some of the highlights of the show include:  
    How and why Emily launched an organic skincare product company How Emily grew up in an “environmentally aware” ... environment Emily explains how her passions — for eco-friendly — grew once she had children Emily talks about how to educate parents about being more green How small, simple actions and decisions can make a huge impact Emily’s suggestions to “start small” and to “not be so hard on yourself” REUSABLE TO-GO BOXES and PRODUCE BAGS?!?! (who knew?) Organic is better than NOT-organic! Watch out for the word “natural” ... it means NOTHING. Links:
    Urban Oreganics — Emily’s company Emily on LinkedIn 

    • 23 min
    Passion and Intimacy, Post-Children (Part II of II)

    Passion and Intimacy, Post-Children (Part II of II)

    For many couples, passion and intimacy (and sex!) change after you have children. Time, lack of sleep, and other factors impact the sex lives of post-children couples. Is this just a fact of life or can you still have a passion-filled life with your partner after having children?
    Today’s episode (Part II of II) is all about sex ... well, passion and intimacy and reconnecting with your partner — after you have children.

    • 31 min
    Passion and Intimacy, Post-Children (Part I of II)

    Passion and Intimacy, Post-Children (Part I of II)

    For many couples, passion and intimacy (and sex!) change after you have children. Time, lack of sleep, and other factors impact the sex lives of post-children couples. Is this just a fact of life or can you still have a passion-filled life with your partner after having children?
    Join host DJ Waldow as he chat with Nate Bagley and Sarah Peck about a topic that impacts all couples, yet is rarely discussed.

    • 41 min
    Engaging Fathers in the Transition to Parenthood

    Engaging Fathers in the Transition to Parenthood

    Today’s episode is about dads. The transition for fathers into parenthood is different from what many mothers experience. Today we are talking to Chris May, one of the founders of SMS4Dads, which is a project that sends dads text messages to encourage and inform them about various childcare and fathering topics. This show is great for not only dads, but also moms, because we’ll be discussing how dads can become more engaged with parenting.
    Some of the highlights of the show include: 
    Why Chris thinks that dads have traditionally been the ones being left out of the parenting conversations and how this has been changing in both homes and in society. How trends on paternity leave have changed over the years, as well as thoughts on how to change cultural norms that discourage dads from taking their leave. Some of the ways that SMS4Dads is helping to literally put information into dads’ pockets. Why the texts help both parents to support each other, as well as why being on the same page is important. Why it’s important for dads to spend time alone with their child and to function as a co-parent rather than simply as a support person for the child’s mother.  

    • 28 min
    Being a Child Psychiatrist AND a Mom

    Being a Child Psychiatrist AND a Mom

    Today’s guest, Mercedes Kwiatkowski, is a triple board-certified physician: She is a pediatrician, and most of what she does pertains to child psychiatry. In addition, she’s a blogger, a mom of two young children, and a wife. Today’s episode focuses on being a parent and also being a child psychiatrist.
    Some of the highlights of the show include:
    Some ways that Mercedes relates her experience in child psychiatry to her parenting, and vice-versa. Mercedes’s thoughts on some of the differences between boys and girls and the stereotypes that pertain to each gender. How being a parent has changed the work-life balance for a family with two busy physicians. How Mercedes controls her stress and calms down after a tough day at work before she gets home. Thoughts on how parental stress lends to childhood stress and anxiety. How the overuse of technology lends to screen addiction and anxiety, as well as tips on how to curb this. The stigma of mental health issues and how talking about it and knowing what to do with kids and adults who are struggling can help. Also, thoughts on finding a balance between honesty and being strong when parents struggle with their own anxiety.  

    • 29 min
    Parenting on a Boat

    Parenting on a Boat

    Today’s episode is unique because we are interviewing Jess and James, who decided five years ago to pack up and sail around the world. They’ve had quite the journey, and perhaps their biggest adventures have been having two children, Rocket and Indigo, along the way. Whether or not you’ve ever considered living on a boat, you're sure to find our conversation fascinating and thought-provoking.  

    Some of the highlights of the show include: 

    Where Jess and James are now, what they did when they started, and what they are doing, and what their days are like.  How far in advance the family plans and when they plan on stopping their current lifestyle.  Some of the ways that the journey has changed from the time that it was just James and Jess to now.  What James and Jess miss about living in one place, as well as some of the benefits of living on a boat.  How James, Jess, and the kids make friends within the sailing community.  Some of the different milestones that children in the sailing community might reach before or after children who are raised traditionally.   


     

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Carley K ,

The straight poop on parenthood.

gDiapers sure knows how to curate great topics for new parents. It was such a pleasure to be on this show, and in good company with so many other great guests! Even if your kids are well out of diapers (as mine are!) you'll love listening in.

The Pig Dead ,

Great for all parents

This podcast is great no matter what stage of parenting you are at. The topics are covered from a point experience and judgment free. As a soon to be first time parent it is great to listen to others successes and challenges to know as parents having those "oh no" moments are 100% normal and should be expected. Thank you for creating this podcast.

Jsbucket ,

LOVE IT

This is my tribe, 10 years of chatting with gMums and gDads on a daily basis and learning some of my best tips from these people. This brings a much needed real voice to the chats on my screen. I love that so many people can come together with differences and similarities and bring the tips and tricks to the table to help the rest. We all need help sometimes, even the veteran parents. g<3

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