165 episodes

Manic Rambling Spiral (MRS) is a podcast about single parenting, but it's not a parenting podcast. Rather, MRS is a podcast about living life - having a life, a career, and a self - in a setting that is constantly dictated by, built around and sabotaged by our children.

Manic Rambling Spiral Heather B. Armstrong & John R. Bray

    • Kids & Family
    • 3.7, 178 Ratings

Manic Rambling Spiral (MRS) is a podcast about single parenting, but it's not a parenting podcast. Rather, MRS is a podcast about living life - having a life, a career, and a self - in a setting that is constantly dictated by, built around and sabotaged by our children.

    164: School Comes Home

    164: School Comes Home

    In addition to everything else happening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids around the world are suddenly at home for school. But despite some of the smug homeschool memes and comments floating around, this isn’t homeschool. And it’s not easy. So take it from John (a homeschooling parent): you’re not crazy for being completely overwhelmed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    163: Come On Eileen

    163: Come On Eileen

    We didn't plan for this to be about COVID-19, but most of the world didn't plan for anything that's happening right now. As everyone scrambles to understand social distancing and isolation while grappling with the unknown, Heather and John talk about school closure and the state of the country before spiraling into a more serious conversation related to teenage emotions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 59 min
    MRS 162: MRS Turns 4

    MRS 162: MRS Turns 4

    Our first episode landed on St. Patrick's day 2016 and, four years later, we're still kicking. Admittedly, we've been kicking a lot less lately, but we're back to explain why, talk about Heather's weight (have you noticed?), provide an update compared to where we were four years ago, and tease some exciting changes coming to MRS (for real this time; they're going to be amazing). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    161: In Memory of Coco

    161: In Memory of Coco

    After more than 12 happy years of squawking, barking, and being herded by her favorite business partner, Heather and her family said their final goodbyes to Dame Eleanor Ritzford-Fitzsimons "Coco" Puffs. Heather shares some of those final moments as we discuss the significance of dogs and their place in our homes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 4 min
    160: Out With the Old

    160: Out With the Old

    Wrapping up the year with our first monthly episode.Wondering about John, Lexton, and Lilly? We covered that. Curious about Heather's gut? We covered that, too. We also talk a bit about mail, resolutions, teens (ugh teens), organization, and meditation. Like we said before: Same MRS, just a little less often. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    159: Change is Afoot

    159: Change is Afoot

    Get it? A FOOT? Because Heather's foot? Perfect. Now that you're smiling about that we can let you know that you're going to be hearing from us less often. A lot less often. As in only once a month. Why? There are a lot of reasons, but "Life" is probably the best summary. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

Drunkitty McDrunk ,

Disrespectful.

It’s sad to listen and know that John has no idea how little Heather thinks of him - how disinterested she is, how little she cares about his life, his child, his family or his interests. It’s clear how much he respects and admires her. It’s equally clear that he is simply not anywhere near her radar.

JustOneMessyBeach ,

I like it

Look, haters gonna hate, but I enjoy MRS. It’s like having coffee with a couple good friends and listening to them kvetch about there lives.

lisa n m p ,

My Zen

I find you both so soothing to listen to, always puts me in a good mood to hear you two.

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