80 episodes

Before you commit to what could be your child's next favorite TV show, let voice actress, Kara Edwards, and child therapist, Laura Orr, break down the good, the bad, and the downright annoying of the many TV programs available to your little ones.

Should They Watch It‪?‬ Laura Orr and Kara Edwards

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

Before you commit to what could be your child's next favorite TV show, let voice actress, Kara Edwards, and child therapist, Laura Orr, break down the good, the bad, and the downright annoying of the many TV programs available to your little ones.

    Ep. 59: Octonauts with Marshall Escamilla

    Ep. 59: Octonauts with Marshall Escamilla

    This week, we 'dive' into an 'ocean' full of fun with* Octonauts* and special guest, Marshall Escamilla. Marshall is an educator, musician, father, and podcaster.  You can hear him co-host Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, a science podcast for the entire family. So who better to help us "swim" through all the science-based knowledge kids can 'fish' for in Octonauts!

    • 47 min
    Ep. 58: The Land Before Time

    Ep. 58: The Land Before Time

    This week, Laura and Kara take a deep look into the 1988 mega-hit, The Land Before Time. This movie is full of important messages for social-emotional learning, as well as how to deal with loss and grief. Laura has a lot of thoughts about how to use movies and TV to help your kids navigate various complexities through life, and Kara brings some interesting (and even tragic) facts about the movie. But first, the Missouri School District has reinstated spanking, and our mamas have THOUGHTS.  

    Trigger Warnings: Death, Loss, Grief, Spanking, and Domestic Violence

    • 51 min
    Ep. 57: Spirit Riding Free

    Ep. 57: Spirit Riding Free

    This week, Laura and Kara discuss the horse-loving mega-franchise, Spirit Riding Free. Are there any potential issues with this series? The internet seems to think so and the ladies are digging in to see if they agree! But first, Kara's voice is currently heard in one of the top movies in the country...but is everyone impressed? (Not exactly) Tune in to this week's podcast to learn more!

    • 52 min
    Ep. 56: Gravity Falls with guest Nate DuFort

    Ep. 56: Gravity Falls with guest Nate DuFort

    This week, Laura and Kara welcome special guest Nate Dufort to discuss one of his favorite animated series - Gravity Falls! Nate is a writer, producer, director, and voice actor who splits his time between Detroit and Chicago.

    Nate is the Founder and Executive Producer of Soundsington Media, a children's podcast company focusing on quality audio programming for young audiences and the young at heart. His podcasts REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids, My Neighbors Are Dead, and Unspookable have been featured on Linkedin, NPR, CBC Radio, The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Time Out New York, WIRED, Fast Company, The A.V. Club, Vulture, the front pages of NPR One, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.

    Tune in for a truly fascinating (and mysterious?) episode!

    • 54 min
    Ep. 55: The Hidden Lives of Pets

    Ep. 55: The Hidden Lives of Pets

    This week, Laura and Kara delve into The Hidden Lives of Pets - a 4 episode series on Netflix. This, of course, leads Kara to talk about her menagerie of pets throughout her life as well as some interesting pet facts she's learned along the way. Laura comes with stories about being accused of cheating, and how the government may be responsible for our allergies...what?! Tune in and let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

    • 51 min
    Ep. 54: Babe w/ Bill Childs

    Ep. 54: Babe w/ Bill Childs

    We are thrilled to have special guest Bill Childs, host of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child on our podcast this week to discuss the 1995 classic, Babe! You may think you know this movie, but Laura, Kara, and Bill are bringing interesting trivia as well as a list of potentially problematic things you should be aware of before watching with your children. This week's podcast is laugh out loud fun (no really, get ready for our hosts to laugh out loud...a lot!). That'll do, podcast. That'll do.

    The Positives
    Babe teaches viewers not to judge a book by its cover and tackles prejudice in a way that is developmentally appropriate.
    You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar, and Babe is a fitting example of the benefits of kindness.  This inspiring message leads to a conversation about one of Bill’s favorite shows, Ted Lasso, which is filled with the same humble and positive energy. 
    Bill loved the deliberate pace and that the movie was smart and honest about what happens on animal farms and didn’t treat Farmer Hoggett as a black and white “bad guy.” 
     Great voice acting, especially from legend Christine Cavanaugh as Babe and James Cromwell as Farmer Hoggett, who finishes up with the classic line, “That’ll do pig. That’ll do.” Fun Fact: Inspired by his time on the farm, Cromwell became vegan and animal advocate. 
     Animatronics were the decided approach to bringing real animals to life.  At a time were CGI rules the screen, it was nice to revisit a special effect that isn’t used as often.
    Fun fact: The 48 Yorkshire pigs that played Babe were adopted out to owners under a contract that did not allow them to slaughter the pigs. 
    Potentially Problematic
    The audio dialogue replacement was distractingly bad for Kara.
     The movie begins in a slaughterhouse, and with several mentions of where Babe came from combined with a fear of becoming the farmer’s next meal, your kids might have questions about how most people get their meat.
     There is body shaming of the farmer’s wife. 
     The dog, Rex, perpetrates an act of violence against his female partner.  He also shows initial hostility towards Babe.  We later learn why he behaves this way, and during opportunities of redemption, he rises to the occasion.  It might be worth a conversation with children about abusive behavior.  
    Should They Watch It?
    Kara: Yes
    Laura: Yes
    Bill: Yes
     We had an excellent time with Bill and we know you’ll have a great time listening to this episode. You can listen to his station here and check him out on twitter and facebook where he shares interviews and music live in-studio from some of your favorite indie artists. 

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

ariatargaryan ,

What a great resource!

This podcast is such a great resource and so helpful as a mother!💖

md728 ,

Great show!!

So helpful and interesting as a mom of littles!! I will be subscribing and sharing with friends!!

~KB~ ,

Fantastic Mom Resource

How did I not know this existed? I am super involved in the limited tv my son watches. Now can check in here and learn even more. Thank you.

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