75 episodes

Toddler Purgatory is a comedy parenting podcast by and for moms of kids under six. Hosted by hilarious moms Molly Lloyd and Blaire Brooks, each episode of Toddler Purgatory digs deep on a different parenting topic, providing some real talk, some expert advice, and a ton of laughs. Parenting little kids might feel like you're stuck in purgatory sometimes, but with Blaire and Molly as your guides, you'll have a lot more fun along the way. New episodes every Tuesday! Thanks for subscribing and listening! Find out more at toddlerpurgatory.com and on social media #toddlerpurgatory.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 120 Ratings

Toddler Purgatory is a comedy parenting podcast by and for moms of kids under six. Hosted by hilarious moms Molly Lloyd and Blaire Brooks, each episode of Toddler Purgatory digs deep on a different parenting topic, providing some real talk, some expert advice, and a ton of laughs. Parenting little kids might feel like you're stuck in purgatory sometimes, but with Blaire and Molly as your guides, you'll have a lot more fun along the way. New episodes every Tuesday! Thanks for subscribing and listening! Find out more at toddlerpurgatory.com and on social media #toddlerpurgatory.

    Scared of the Dark: Helping Kids Conquer Their Fears

    Scared of the Dark: Helping Kids Conquer Their Fears

    Does your child consistently wake you up in the middle of the night because they're deathly afraid of the dark or the monsters under the bed? You may think that chasing "the monster" away or just leaving the lights on are the right course of action, but it's actually more complicated than that.
    Molly and Blaire discuss:

    Why so many people (adults and kids!) are scared of the dark

    The true secret to banishing your child's fears

    Why horror movies are actually soothing (for some of us)


    The most important thing you can do is validate your child's fear without shaming or judging them. Explain that you have your own fears, and start an open conversation about the root causes of their fears in order to address them.

    Links!
    Daryl Austin for USA Today: "More Americans than ever are afraid of the dark, experts say. Here's why."
    Nama Winston for ABC Everyday: "I've made my child afraid of the dark. How do I fix it?"
    Parenting.com: "Ask Dr. Sears: Mashing Monster Fears"
    "Bedtime Stories - Superheroes!" podcast

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    • 45 min
    You vs. Your Kid's School (And How To Get on the Same Page)

    You vs. Your Kid's School (And How To Get on the Same Page)

    Is your child learning values or lessons at school that are not in line with your own? Do they discipline in a way that you don't agree with? It's not unusual for teachers and parents to butt heads over a child's learning. Here's how to address the problem without coming in too hot.
    Blaire and Molly discuss:

    The importance of finding (and staying) calm before starting a discussion

    How to find common ground with your child's teacher

    Constructive methods for finding a solution together


    Coming in with facts, not feelings, is key. When our kids are involved, it's easy to get emotional and heavily invested in a situation. But it's important to remember that both you and your child's teacher want what's best for your kid.
    Links!
    Sherri Gordon for Verywell Family: "What to Do If You Disagree With Your Child's Teacher"
    Lisa Van Gemert: "6 Steps to Take When School Isn’t Meeting the Needs of Your Child"
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
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    • 45 min
    Why Kids Lie

    Why Kids Lie

    What do we do when our kid lies to our face? At a certain age, kids start discovering that they can just, well, not tell the truth about things. This can range from innocent fibs to whopping lies of grandiose proportions. Though this be mini madness, there is mini method in it.
    Molly and Blaire discuss:

    The various reasons kids lie

    How to gently approach your kid about their lies

    When it may be time to seek professional help for your kid


    Doing "truth checks" with your kid is a great way to encourage them to be honest with you without making them feel as if they've been caught with their hand in the proverbial (or literal) cookie jar.
    Links!
    Beth Arky for Child Mind Institute: "Why Kids Lie and What Parents Can Do About It"
    Connie Chang for The Washington Post: "All kids lie: How to handle it, and when you should worry"
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    DockAtot is the premium lifestyle brand made for the modern parent, with elegant cushions, swaddlers, and more. Get 15% off at dockatot.com with the code LAUGHING.
    Honeylove shapewear is the secret sauce you need for your everyday wardrobe. Get 20% off at honeylove.com with the code LAUGHING. 
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes shopping easy, quick, and fun. Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/LAUGHING30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order.
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 15% off your first order. 
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    • 35 min
    Forming a Stronger Bond with Our Kids

    Forming a Stronger Bond with Our Kids

    How do we form a strong bond with our kids when we're struggling with our own issues, when we've just been through a worldwide pandemic, when we used to have that bond but have lost it somewhere along the way? It's not easy, but there are some tried-and-true methods *ahem, therapy* for forming or reforming a close bond with your child.
    Molly and Blaire discuss:

    Things that can get in the way of the parent-child bond

    Small yet meaningful ways to communicate to your child that you love them

    What asking for help may look like for different people


    Resist the urge to blame yourself if you feel your bond is suffering or has deteriorated. There are many factors that contribute to the problem that are outside your control.
    Links!
    Ella Glover for Metro UK: "Asking For A Friend: Why can’t I bond with my child?"
    PsychCentral: "Tips to Heal After Growing Up with a Dismissive Mother"
    PsychCentral: "4 Habits that Disconnect You from Your Kids"
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    DockAtot is the premium lifestyle brand made for the modern parent, with elegant cushions, swaddlers, and more. Get 15% off at dockatot.com with the code LAUGHING.
    Honeylove shapewear is the secret sauce you need for your everyday wardrobe. Get 20% off at honeylove.com with the code LAUGHING. 
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes shopping easy, quick, and fun. Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/LAUGHING30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order.
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 15% off your first order. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 50 min
    Solo Parenting Seasons (And How to Get Through Them)

    Solo Parenting Seasons (And How to Get Through Them)

    Do you feel overwhelmed when you're parenting solo, even if it's just for a few days? You're not alone. Solo parenting (not to be confused with single parenting) is tough, but there are small ways you can make a big impact on the experience, bringing down your blood pressure and your DEFCON level at the same time.
    Blaire and Molly discuss:

    The difference between a solo parent and a single parent

    Ways to prep for solo parenting ahead of time

    Conversations to have with your partner to make the experience better


    Links!

    Marika Lindholm for Medium: "What’s a Solo Mom?"


    Anisha Nair for First Cry Parenting: "10 Tips to Make Solo Parenting Easier"


    Claire Zulkey for The New York Times: "How Parents Who Travel for Work Can Ease the Burden on Their Families"


    What Fresh Hell episode: "Is It Sometimes Easier When Our Spouses Aren't Around?"


    "Unholy" by Sam Smith and Kim Petras


    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
    DockAtot is the premium lifestyle brand made for the modern parent, with elegant cushions, swaddlers, and more. Get 15% off at dockatot.com with the code LAUGHING.
    Honeylove shapewear is the secret sauce you need for your everyday wardrobe. Get 20% off at honeylove.com with the code LAUGHING. 
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes shopping easy, quick, and fun.Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/LAUGHING30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order.
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 15% off your first order. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 41 min
    I'd Pay for That!

    I'd Pay for That!

    We asked our listeners what they would pay good money for if it made their lives just a touch easier. The answers....will probably not surprise you.
    In this episode, Molly and Blaire plot to patent:

    Self-buckling seatbelts

    Eyeball cameras

    Toddler volume buttons


    Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their excellent ideas for these inventions!
    Special thanks to our sponsors for this month:
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    DockAtot is the premium lifestyle brand made for the modern parent, with elegant cushions, swaddlers, and more. Get 15% off at dockatot.com with the code LAUGHING.
    Honeylove shapewear is the secret sauce you need for your everyday wardrobe. Get 20% off at honeylove.com with the code LAUGHING. 
    Metabolic Reds is a delicious superfood blend. Go to getreds.com/toddler to get a FREE bottle of Metabolic Greens with your first order. 
    Misfits Market is an affordable online grocery service that makes shopping easy, quick, and fun.Visit get.misfitsmarket.com/LAUGHING30 by Dec. 31st to get 30% off your first order.
    Ready, Set, Food! helps prevent food allergies in children. Go to readysetfood.com/todpurgs & use code TODPURGS for 30% off your first order. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

jomama512 ,

Honest

I relate to Blaire’s “spirited kids” struggles so fiercely…from what I felt as a child to now as a parent with a spirited kid. I just really really appreciate y’all’s comedic honesty that is also so vulnerable and relatable to this mom. Thanks y’all! 😘

CM4916 ,

Not actually about parenting toddlers

This show is called Toddler Purgatory but mostly discusses topics more relevant to kids aged 4 and up, like kids' sports, school-related issues and "how to talk to kids about" XYZ. I have a 2.5 year old and almost all the discussion on here is about topics that aren't relevant to us because my kid has typical 2yo language and comprehension skills (saying words but not having deep conversations), and she doesn't attend school yet. I think most people would consider 2-3 year olds to be the main "toddler" age range so I'm just not sure why they decided to make a podcast that's so irrelevant for this age group. Only one of the hosts even has a toddler. If you have a preschooler then maybe this show would be more interesting to you.

smm2266 ,

Y’all are killing it

Your podcast helps me reflect on my internal struggle of am I doing a good job as a parent. It makes me feel seen and confirms I’m not alone in the struggle. I appreciate your lighthearted and fun conversations. I highly recommend.

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