Toddler Purgatory is a comedy parenting podcast by and for moms of kids under six, brought to you by the producers of What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood.Hosted by hilarious moms Molly Lloyd (PBS Kids' Pinkalicious) and Blaire Brooks (NBC's Blacklist), 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 other Tuesday. Thanks for subscribing and listening!You can also find us at toddlerpurgatory.com, and on social media #toddlerpurgatory
Nobody Told Me That! Pregnancy, Babies, and Toddlers Edition
Babies are mysterious creatures, which is why Molly and Blaire took to the What Fresh Hell Facebook group to ask: "What is something you wish someone had told you before having a baby?"
From how long it can take to get pregnant, to the likelihood your little one will love carrots for a year before turning on them for no apparent reason, laugh along as Toddler Purgatory gets to the bottom of all the things nobody ever told us before we had kids.
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Most kids are somewhat finicky about what they'll eat. Some are full-blown picky eaters, who won't eat chicken nuggets unless they're dinosaur-shaped. And even then only if the ketchup isn't touching them on the plate. People who say "Your kids will eat when they're hungry enough!" mean well. They are also incorrect.
So what's a parent to do? Keep feeding the picky eater the three foods she'll eat, or keep offering her other foods she won't?
In this episode, we discuss why kids are so often picky in their eating, what parents can do to encourage eating new things without causing huge battles, and how to recruit our picky eaters in that process.
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Vacationing With Little Kids (with guest Julia Edelstein of Parents Magazine)
We're all ready to go All The Places after being stuck at home for so long, but traveling with little ones presents a few layers of challenge.
How far in a day is too far?
Does visiting family count as a "vacation"?
What's the right age for Disney World?
If the kids are happy at the indoor hotel pool, and you never get to the sightseeing, do you still win Parent of the Year for remembering the swim diapers?
We discuss everything about vacationing with littles with guest Julia Edelstein, the editor-in-chief of Parents. Julia began her career at Time Out New York Kids, then served as health editor at places like Good Housekeeping and Real Simple before stepping into her current role leading America's most influential media brand for parents. She's also the mom of two boys, ages 6 and 4.
We discuss this article in this episode:
Jamie Hergenrader for TripSavvy: 2021 Trend Report Shows a Rise in Family Travel and the "Flexcation"
Danger Babies– Why Are Some Kids Such Risk-Takers?
Kids are bananas. Some particularly so. But why are some kids seemingly born to scale the kitchen cabinets before they can walk? And are there are any future upsides to having been a “danger baby”?
In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss the many benefits of “free play,” the differences between danger and risk, how we can teach our little ones to be safely courageous, and what child development specialist Rebecca Weingarten calls “constructive failure.”
Here are links to some of the writing on the topic and other things discussed in this episode:
Shakira’s song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” https://youtu.be/pRpeEdMmmQ0
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What's Up With Toddler Obsessions?
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Why are little kids obsessed with the most random things? If your little one has ever insisted on sleeping with a hairbrush, or going to preschool every morning with the same tiny school bus clenched in her fist, you know exactly what we're talking about.
Turns out, kids' brains at this age are wired for what psychologists call "extremely intense interests." These obsessions offer dependability; order and control ,in a world where our kids don't have much of either; and even social icebreaking, since that other 3-year-old playing with dinosaurs is probably just as interested in a deep-dive discussion of their many types as your kid is. In the case of construction vehicles and garbage trucks, there's also "cathartic destruction," and who can't use a little of that when they're having a bad day?
In this episode, Blaire and Molly discuss their own kids' extremely intense interests and why they make their little ones tick.
They also refer to the "Dinosaurs and Trains and Superheroes and Nerf Guns: Boy Obsessions" episode of What Fresh Hell, which you can find here: https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/dinosaurs-and-trains-and-superheroes-and-nerf-guns-boy-obsessions/
Well, THAT Was a Lot: Coming Out Of a Really Tough Year
The sun is out, the masks are coming off, and we’re just beginning to come to terms with what the heck that all was. For our little ones, pandemic life *was* normal life. In this episode, Molly and Blaire talk about their toughest pandemic moments and what worked to get their families through.
Molly mentions What Fresh Hell's interview with Dr. Harold Koplewicz- you can find that episode here: https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/fresh-take-dr-harold-koplewicz-on-the-best-way-to-support-our-kids/
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New episodes every other Tuesday!
The podcast I did not know I needed. Thank you thank you thank you. As a first time mom- this podcast is sooooo validating!!! Ugh thank you for this space ❤️😭
I can relate so much
Just found them because I’m struggling with 2 toddlers and its so refreshing to hear not only someone going through something similar but also getting advice on what to do.
Not my cup of tea
I wanted to like this podcast so much! I love What Fresh He’ll and was looking forward to the focus on toddlers… but I haven’t found the episodes to have either the humor I was hoping for, or the practical tips/ insights. The constant change in voices may not bother others, but grates on my nerves while driving.
I think the idea is great and hope it will improve as the hosts settle in and develop their style… but with limited time I need to find a podcast more engaging to find it a good use of time.