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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 • 382 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.

    Pandemic fails, data-driven decision making, and more: A lively chat with Emily Oster

    Pandemic fails, data-driven decision making, and more: A lively chat with Emily Oster

    We originally had researcher and author Emily Oster on the show to chat about her book, The Family Firm, which is a helpful guidebook for parents that offers a smart method for making decisions (because as parents, we make a lot of them). However, we couldn't have her on and not chat about some of the research she has done about opening the schools in the pandemic, and most recently, the effectiveness of masks, which has made her reviled and revered. What you'll hear is a lively chat about lots of important things that we know lots of parents are thinking about right now. And, as always, we share our cool picks of the week.
    Thanks to our sponsor Vrbo, who just released their 2022 trend report, and KidsBEETV.com, a fun, safe, and surprising app for kids.
    Follow us on social media: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Links from this show, including Emily's book The Family Firm, can be found on our site.

    • 30 min
    Kids, gratitude and the holidays

    Kids, gratitude and the holidays

    This time of year, when we're aware of those who have so much and those who don't, we wanted to have a candid, frank conversation about kids and gratitude during the holiday season. This is a great talk about what we can do to raise kids who value gratitude, practice empathy, and see the joy in giving back. We hope you love it too.
    Much thanks to our sponsor KidsBeeTV, a fun, and safe app that stimulates learning in kids up to 7 with  their favorite songs, engaging educational videos, fun activities, and popular shows, all vetted by teachers and experts. It's a sweet way to bring families together.
    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit our site for all the links in today's show!

    • 29 min
    Kids and the Covid-19 vaccine: Answers to parents' top questions

    Kids and the Covid-19 vaccine: Answers to parents' top questions

    We're so happy to be joined by a top NYC pediatrician, Dr. Preeti Parikh, to answer parents' biggest questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and kids 5-11 so you can make the best health decisions for your family. We think you'll get a lot from her thoughtful, thorough answers -- we even learned a few things too!
    This episode is graciously brought to you by GoodRx Health, a brand new online health resource, filled with solid, trusted, vetted answers to so many medical questions of all kind. Plus their new Vaccine Guide is offers plenty of information, and even lets you browse available Covid vaccine appointments near you.
    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit our site for all the links in the show!

    • 21 min
    The benefits of Minecraft for kids, with author Delilah Dawson

    The benefits of Minecraft for kids, with author Delilah Dawson

    If your kids are like ours, they're obsessed with Minecraft, which is why were so excited to chat with author Delilah Dawson, whose new book Minecraft Mobsquad is all about... Minecraft! She's the perfect person to share why Minecraft can be a really positive experience with kids. And as always, we share our Cool Picks of the Week.
    Thanks to our sponsors: Google Kids Space, a kids mode available on select Android tablets (that start at $59!) and KidsBeeTV, a fun, and safe app designed for kids up to 7 years old, that stimulates learning, promotes diversity, and brings families together.
    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit our site for all the links in the show!

    • 29 min
    How to work for change in the world, without losing your joy, with Karen Walrond

    How to work for change in the world, without losing your joy, with Karen Walrond

    We know that over the last few years in particular, many of us have felt extra activated to help make change in the world. But if we're honest, being an activist can be exhausting and soul sucking. Well, our good friend and author Karen Walrond has a whole lot to share about this exact issue, and what we can do about it. She's chatting about her new book The Lightmaker's Manifesto, and we hope you find this chat as inspiring as we did. Make sure to stick around for our Cool Picks of the Week!
    Our sponsor: Check out Google Kids Space, a kids mode on select Android tablets that's designed to inspire growth, discovery, and curiosity in kids.
    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and make sure to check out our site for all the links from our show.

    • 40 min
    Raising good digital citizens with Diana Graber

    Raising good digital citizens with Diana Graber

    Ever wondered about the 5 principles of being a good digital citizen? Well this week we're talking to Diana Graber, founder of CyberWise and author of Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology. As you might have guessed.... we talk through how we can raise our kids to use digital tools safely, responsibly, and even to put more positivity out in the world. She even gives us a whole new way to think about cyberbullying -- and how to talk about it. Whether you have teens, tweens, or kids too young for their own devices, it's never too early to learn these essential tips for the digital world our kids are growing up in.
    Thanks to all of you for your generous reviews! Keep them coming, we're beyond grateful. You can find all our links and more at CoolMomPicks.com on our podcast posts, and be sure to say hi to us on social media: IG, FB, TW. We like to say hi back!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
382 Ratings

382 Ratings

Bellajocko ,

These are so wonderful women

I love listening to this podcast and look forward to any and all new episodes. This is in my weekly rotation. I appreciate the guests they have on, the subjects they cover, the personal experiences they share. This is a great podcast that is informative and entertaining.

Keepn-it-real ,

Liz is the…

Ultimate sanctimommy. She lectures and virtue signals in EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE, constantly interrupting guests to make everything about herself and her perfect kids. Please.

Los Angeles Mama ,

Fluff

I feel sad to write a bad review but wanted to possibly help others. I really wanted to like Spawned and tried for awhile! While this podcast does have a few nuggets of good information here and there, overall it’s very simple minded. I love to listen to parenting podcasts and podcasts in general that expand my mind and add to the human consciousness in some form. This simply does not do that. Very surface level and I feel like I’m watching main stream media news when I listen. They never seem to approach any topic from all angles.

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