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Manic Mommies The Teen Years
61 minutes | 13 days ago
MM 24 – New Restrictions and Holiday Planning – 585-789-1216
As the number of COVID cases continue to rise everywhere, we're adjusting our holiday plans. This week we talk about virtual Thanksgiving, garage gatherings, and what a year without our favorite tradition—the cookie swap—will do to our holiday spirit. How are you changing it up this year?
52 minutes | a month ago
MM 23 – Candy chutes, voting and holiday celebrations – 585-789-1216
It was certainly an unusual Halloween with one of the Manic Mommies spending a quiet night at home, and the other sitting outside by a fire, passing out candy by candy chute. With the weather getting colder, we talk about how to approach the coming holidays, swapping ideas for safely socializing. With the election nearing the end, the Manic Mommies also talk about early voting, stress, and our gratitude for patient poll workers and election officials.How do you plan on celebrating the holidays? Leave a comment with your ideas and we will share on a future episode.
51 minutes | a month ago
MM 22 – When Your Teen Gets a Fever – 585-789-1216
Fevers take on a whole new meaning in the time of COVID. First, you lock your teen in their room. Then you pull out your mask, gloves, only can of Lysol, and precious Clorox wipes. Once the house has been sufficiently disinfected, you start the process of trying to get a COVID test. This is where the real work begins. You cross your fingers and wait. Or pray. Later in the show, we discuss a new Atlantic article about America's obsession with niche youth sports. Squash anyone?
58 minutes | 2 months ago
MM 21 – The college search begins – 585-789-1216
SATs are canceled, again. Tours are held virtually. Visitors are discouraged from visiting. Erin and Kristin start their new podcasting schedule, look for new shows every other week, talking about searching for college in the time of COVID. We also discuss how a rapidly changing news cycle that could break even the most enthusiastic news junkie made this week, to quote someone on Twitter, the longest year ever.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
MM 20 – RIP RBG. – 585-789-1216
Just when it seemed 2020 couldn't get any worse, we learned about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Then one of our recorders went on the fritz, requiring us to record this episode over Zoom. Join us for a vodka tonic or a beer as we mourn the passing of an icon.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
MM 19 – Back to School Pandemic Style – 585-789-1216
School is starting, both online, remote, and somewhere in between. This week we talk about going back to school in the time of COVID
54 minutes | 3 months ago
MM 18 – Mom's Solo Road Trip – 585-789-1216
Recording together Is always better! Erin hits the road for a solo trip to Massachusetts and swings by the old neighborhood for a recording session in Kristin's backyard. We're talking about what it takes to make friends, why some friendships last for years and others seem to drift away. We also talk about the new song "WAP" and our potentially misplaced optimism about the upcoming school year.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
MM 17 – Better Than Silence – 585-789-1216
Why is it so hard to talk about race and racism? This week, we welcome Stacey Grant-Lewis, MS, PMP®️, founder of Culture x Co., a site dedicated to providing resources for anti-racism and cultural education for individuals and families. She and Kristin address the discomfort while discussing raising "culturally curious" kids, as well as practical ways to create space for open and respectful dialogue with your friends and family. We also share some of the questions, concerns, and conversations we are having within our own families and communities.
59 minutes | 3 months ago
MM 16 – Summer Hangover – 585-789-1216
While Erin nurses a surprise hangover, and Kristin basks in the silence of an empty house, we talk about COVID tests, family camp, awkward conversations, and back to school plans.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
MM 15 – Teens at Work – 585-789-1216
A listener asks for advice about her teen working and we have thoughts. We wonder why our sons can’t seem to do anything else on the days they are scheduled to work. One of us is losing control of her household while the other is deep cleaning. And of course, we’re talking about fall plans.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
MM 14 – Sign of the Times – 585-789-1216
With September fast approaching, parents are considering when, if and how our children will be going back to school. We discuss how the decision is being handled in each town, as well as the choice (and expense) faced by college-age students. We also talk about the recent spate of sign thefts in Massachusetts.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
MM 13 – Mom Rage – 585-789-1216
What's the opposite of toxic positivity? Erin and Kristin discuss the growing "mom rage," what life in Massachusetts and New York looks like as we re-open, and how COVID-19 has made us forget how to make plans.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
MM 12 – Living at work – 585-789-1216
Working from home is starting to feel more like living at work and there's no end in sight. We discuss why it is that you can have a job or a kid during COVID, but not both. Mean people without masks are taking over our social media feeds and the teens are testing the limits of our graciousness. Grub Hub deliveries past midnight? Did Mom say you could do that?
52 minutes | 5 months ago
MM 11 – Eighteen – 585-789-1216
This week we chat about how things are changing as our teens officially become adults. Kristin makes her first trip to the mall since COVID and we wonder why is it so hard for young teens to make plans with friends following months of isolation.
64 minutes | 5 months ago
MM 10 – Too Much Time Together – 585-789-1216
There comes a point in every relationship when too much together time is just too much. Do you need a vacation from your family? As we approach nearly three months of intense family togetherness, we're comparing notes on the ways our spouses and teens can drive us to drink. Literally.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
MM 9 – Opening Up – 585-789-1216
This week we're living life in different reopening phases and we're searching for clarity. We talk about the challenges of creating a trusted small social circle of friends and we miss the days when advance prep wasn't required to do seemingly simple, straightforward errands. Then we turn our attention to more serious matters in our country and share suggested resources for families.
53 minutes | 6 months ago
MM 8 – Safety First – 585-789-1216
As America reopens, we’re struggling with our decision-making capabilities. Can you safely swim in your neighbor’s pool on a hot, sunny day? BYOB to a gathering with a few friends? What about getting a haircut? Or eating at a restaurant? This week we discuss what’s considered low to high risk and debate what we’re most comfortable with. Later, we talk about mothers who are quitting their jobs because of coronavirus.
45 minutes | 6 months ago
MM 7 – We're Starting to Crack – 585-789-1216
As we head into week #10 at home—and things are slowly starting to reopen in some states—the manic mommies are starting to crack. Little annoyances that we used to brush off pre-COVID are becoming big frustrations. Dirty dishes on the counter. Toilet paper rolls that never make it on the holder. Video games 24/7. We recognize these inconveniences are minor compared to the pandemic, but sometimes a mom just needs to vent. If you're feeling exasperated by the little things, listen in, and immediately feel better knowing you are not alone.
60 minutes | 7 months ago
MM 6 – Advice for the Class of 2021 from a College & Career Counselor – 585-789-1216
Listen up moms of high school juniors: coronavirus is likely to have a big impact on the college application process this fall and winter. In this episode, we talk to long-time listener Amy, a high school college and career counselor from Virginia, about what students should do now to get ready. And as we enter week #8 of lockdown in our states, the weather is finally getting warm which has us wondering what summer would look like with or without our beloved camps.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
MM 5 – Our Favorite Things in Quarantine – 585-789-1216
Ozark. Little Fires Everywhere. Leaf Shave. City Lips. This week we talk about the beauty products, entertainment, and cleaning supplies that help make staying home for weeks on end bearable. Like you, we're shopping online and we've fallen for quite a few ads on our social feeds. Find out which ones bring us joy! We also chat with Sophie about turning 15 in quarantine, and what she thinks about growing up with the Manic Mommies.
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