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Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always.

Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly; 2016 Iris Award winner for best parenting podcast.

Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks Cool Mom Picks

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 323 Ratings

Hi, we're Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of CoolMomPicks.com and parents to six kids between us, that we know of. We've got a microphone and more than the two minutes the Today Show gives us, and we're not afraid to use them. Join us (and some awesome celebrity guests) for candid parenting culture discussions, non-judgy (mostly) tips, and a good dose of humor, if we've had enough coffee. Which is always.

Named a top podcast by The Washington Post, Mental Floss, Business Insider and Fatherly; 2016 Iris Award winner for best parenting podcast.

    Why we need play, levity, and romance, even in a pandemic | Ep 208

    Why we need play, levity, and romance, even in a pandemic | Ep 208

    Even in tough times, we still need to allow ourselves time for play, creativity, and yes, even romance, which is why we're welcoming back author and dad Robert Wilder for a special Meet Cute - Spawned crossover episode. Since he was last on the show back in February when Meet Cute, which produces short form audio rom-coms, had launched, the world has changed drastically. He shares why rom-coms (and play and creativity) are even more important now, and talks to Kristen about the upcoming series she wrote from Meet Cute, which is live Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of this week. Yay! Make sure you're subscribed to Meet Cute right on this podcast app to check out her story and hear more fun rom-coms.
    Our sponsors: Breyers CarbSmart treats are just 3-5 grams of carbs per serving, all under 150 calories. Yum. And Cisco, who's created GPS: The Series, to help spark creative, innovative thinking in kids.
    Find all the links from our show over at Cool Mom Picks. Say "hi" on social media - Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We love hearing from you.

    • 47 min
    The new midlife crisis of GenX women | Ep 207

    The new midlife crisis of GenX women | Ep 207

    Prolific author and writer Ada Calhoun is out with her latest book, Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis, an absolutely fascinating book for every GenX woman in her 40s and 50s (and thereabouts). She reminds us that everything we're going through right now, we're DEFINITELY not alone! Liz has a terrific talk with to help more of us see why so many of us still feel overwhelmed, dissatisfied to varying degrees, and like we somehow "failed" (ugh) by not "having it all." But hey, it's not you. Really. So she gives us reasons to stop blame ourselves. //This episode is brought to you by Bryer's CarbSmart, which is helping us eat our feelings this summer with fewer carbs and calories. Listen to the show for an exclusive coupon. // Shownotes: Spawned on Cool Mom Picks // Join us to discuss in the Spawned community on Facebook. // Thanks so much for listening, subscribing and all your generous reviews! Stay safe and healthy, friends!

    • 33 min
    How to be the fun mom, with fun dad and Magic for Humans host, Justin Willman | Spawned Episode 206

    How to be the fun mom, with fun dad and Magic for Humans host, Justin Willman | Spawned Episode 206

    Why do dads always get all the credit for being fun? Moms are fun too! On this special Father's Day episode of Spawned, we're chatting with dad, magician and Netflix star Justin Willman. Do you love Magic for Humans as much as we do? Then you're going to love this episode! He's got lots of tips and actual magic tricks we can do with our kids. Plus, we close out our show with our Cool Picks of the Week.
    This episode is brought to you by Vooks, a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks. Get a free month subscription, no purchase necessary.
    We're also glad to welcome back Breyers Carbsmart, tasty frozen treats with 3-5 grams net carbs and 150 calories. Learn more about where to find these goodies on their site.
    Say "hi" on our social media, and find all the links to everything we talk about on our show over at Cool Mom Picks. And don't forget about our new tech-positive podcast, Out Tech Your Kids. Subscribe now.

    • 41 min
    Big News: Presenting the Out-Tech Your Kids Podcast! | Trailer

    Big News: Presenting the Out-Tech Your Kids Podcast! | Trailer

    Big news, Spawned listeners: We're so excited to launch the new Out-Tech Your Kids Podcast, designed to help you become a smarter digital parent in just 15 minutes each week. No judgments, no jargon-y lesson about the the history of the CPU processor. Just tech-positive answers to parents' top questions, to help us all raise a generation of responsible digital citizens. Be sure to listen and subscribe at bit.ly/outtechyourkids on Apple Podcasts. And hey, want to ask a question we can answer on the show? Join our Out Tech Your Kids community on FB. it's a great place, if we do say so ourselves. - Kristen + Liz

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    Rene Syler on speaking out against racial injustice | Ep 205

    Rene Syler on speaking out against racial injustice | Ep 205

    We understand that everyone is at different stages when it comes to understanding, internalizing, and speaking out against systemic racism and Black Lives Matter. So we're grateful that Rene Syler, an incredible, experienced broadcast journalist, witty author, prolific public speaker, and Black mom of two lent us her time and her voice this week to discuss racism in America -- not just what it means to be racist (the definition may surprise you), but what you can do to help make changes, even in small ways that can have big impact. // Shownotes on Cool Mom Picks // Join the discussion in the Spawned FB community // Thanks so much to our sponsors, Bryer's CarbSmart frozen treats + the Whystle product recall alert app.

    • 44 min
    Meena Harris on the importance of diversity in children's books and raising kids to care | Ep 204

    Meena Harris on the importance of diversity in children's books and raising kids to care | Ep 204

    Liz speaks with the incredible activist, mom, and now author Meena Harris about her wonderful new children's book, "Kamala and Maya's Big Idea" based on a true story from the childhoods of her mom, Maya Harris, and her Aunt Kamala. We talk about representation and diversity in children's literature, the importance of reading about strong female characters (especially for boys!), how to to kids about racism and the world, some of Meena's best childhood memories, her civil rights activist grandma's terrific life advice...and the best roast chicken ever. \\ NOTE this episode was recorded 5/29, just before this week of protest and uprising across the country. \\ More info, show notes, and links to Meena's work on the Cool Mom Picks podcast page \\ Thanks to our sponsor, Breyer's CarbSmart frozen treats \\ Thanks to YOU for listening, subscribing, and for your gracious reviews. Come discuss today's episode with us in the Spawned FB Community. And stay safe out there, parents.

    • 49 min

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