116 episodes

Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast is a show that’s for imperfect parents by imperfect parents. Hosted by humorist and imperfect parent of three Chris Cate, every episode breaks down a topic that causes parents to break down, such as putting kids to bed, potty training, the terrible twos, homework, family communication, clothing, discipline, cleaning up, cooking for kids, etc.

The mission of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry. By the end of each topic breakdown, parents will hopefully realize they aren’t alone in their struggles and that the craziness all parents go through is actually quite funny when it’s looked at in the right light.

Longtime listeners will know the show began as The ParentNormal Podcast. For nearly 100 episodes, it featured celebrity interviews, parenting fails and even a few skits. All of those episodes are still available, but the best is yet to come.

Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast is diving deeper than ever into the crazy realities of parenthood with more stories and hilarious confessions from real parents all over the world.

Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast Chris Cate: Three-time Parent | No-time Sleeper | All-time Family Guy

    • Parenting
    • 4.6, 65 Ratings

Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast is a show that’s for imperfect parents by imperfect parents. Hosted by humorist and imperfect parent of three Chris Cate, every episode breaks down a topic that causes parents to break down, such as putting kids to bed, potty training, the terrible twos, homework, family communication, clothing, discipline, cleaning up, cooking for kids, etc.

The mission of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry. By the end of each topic breakdown, parents will hopefully realize they aren’t alone in their struggles and that the craziness all parents go through is actually quite funny when it’s looked at in the right light.

Longtime listeners will know the show began as The ParentNormal Podcast. For nearly 100 episodes, it featured celebrity interviews, parenting fails and even a few skits. All of those episodes are still available, but the best is yet to come.

Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast is diving deeper than ever into the crazy realities of parenthood with more stories and hilarious confessions from real parents all over the world.

    How to Build a Fanbase on Instagram and TikTok: Family Style with Anna Macfarlane

    How to Build a Fanbase on Instagram and TikTok: Family Style with Anna Macfarlane

    Anna Macfarlane, a mom of 4 and an online marketing and branding expert, joins me to break down how to build a fanbase on Instagram and TikTok: family style.

    We discuss how to get started on Instagram and TikTok and how to grow a healthy fanbase. We also discuss the benefits of being on social media and why TikTok is growing faster than most realize. (It’s not just for teenagers.) Other topics include how to manage your time on social media, talk to your kids about social media and post responsibly.

    • 43 min
    The Cost of Parenthood with Mike Julianelle

    The Cost of Parenthood with Mike Julianelle

    Mike Julianelle, a dad of two who writes online as Dad and Buried, joins me this week to break down the cost of parenthood. In our conversation, we cover expenses every parent faces such as child care, transportation, vacation, food, medical expenses, diapers and more. We also cover the emotional cost of parenthood, such as stress and the loss of sanity.

    Learn more about Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast at www.ParentNormal.com.

    • 40 min
    Life as a Teen Mom with Sara Buckley

    Life as a Teen Mom with Sara Buckley

    Sara Buckley, a comedian, podcaster, social media pro and, most importantly, a mom of 3, is this week’s guest. In our conversation, Sara opens up about her experience as a teenage mom and how it changed her life in high school and beyond.

    Sara explains how she felt when she learned she was pregnant and how friends and family responded to the news. Sara also shares her strong opinion about MTV’s Teen Mom and how we don’t support teen moms enough.

    • 45 min
    Jeff Kinney on His Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

    Jeff Kinney on His Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

    Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, is this week’s guest. It’s an interview from the archive that took place a couple of years ago while Jeff was on the set of the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which many of you have probably read or watched with your kids by now. We’ll be back with new interviews next week.

    Learn more about Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast on www.parentnormal.com. 

    • 11 min
    The Start with Nick Thune

    The Start with Nick Thune

    My guest this week is one of my favorite comedians Nick Thune. This isn’t a typical Breaking Down Parenting interview because this interview dates back to 2015 when this podcast was called The ParentNormal Comedy Podcast.

    I wanted to share it again not just because I’m a fan of Nick Thune and he tells funny stories, but because it was the very first podcast interview I ever did, which makes it perhaps the most memorable. I also thought you’d enjoy hearing how this show started.

    • 8 min
    Parent Survival Mode with James Breakwell (Xploding Unicorn)

    Parent Survival Mode with James Breakwell (Xploding Unicorn)

    This week’s guest is James Breakwell, a father of four daughters and a comedy writer known to many as @XplodingUnicorn. In our conversation, we break down parent survival mode. We also talk about James’ new book How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday.

    This is James’ 3rd appearance on the show, dating back to the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast.

    Find more at www.parentnormal.com. 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

tommy riles ,

We all break down while parenting. This comedy show has our back!

We’ve all been there. We all struggle through parenting at times. Chris and his guest hosts feel me 100%. Love it!

PodcastMom333 ,

Funny Show About Real-World Parenting

I love this show because it’s honest about the life of a parent. I totally relate to the stories. I also enjoy how the episodes focus on a different topic.

acsoccerstar ,

Great show for parents needing a laugh

Love the new format of the show with real stories of parenting breakdowns. The guests are always fun and make me laugh. I will definitely share this show with friends.

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