Department of Parenting

Department of Parenting

Department of Parenting is a short, humorous podcast about parenting, being a parent, plus listener questions. It's a clean show, which means there's no swearing...should your kids listen? Well, that's your call, parents. Hosted by Chris Quintos and Christian Spicer. New episodes release Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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    Arcade Games and Kids

    Chris and Christian get distracted and talk about arcade games and kids!

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    How to Clean Poop

    Christian and Chris discuss an article detailing how to clean poop. Yay, poop!

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    Take Separate Flights

    Chris and Christian discuss an article that argues for splitting up while traveling.

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    Pre-College Talk Wish Parents Gave

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about parents talking to their kids about mental health before they go to college.

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    Old Ways of Parenting No Longer Works

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about how the old ways of parenting might not work in today's world, but perhaps there is a middle ground.

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    Five Myths About Marriage

    Christian and Chris discuss an article on about "5 myths about marriage."

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    Dear Abby Questions

    Chris and Christian take a stab at answering some Dear Abby questions!

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    Reading Aloud to Kids

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about why it is good to read aloud to your kids.

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    Free Range Kids

    Chris and Christian discuss Utah's new "Free Range Parenting" law.

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    Grandparents

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about parents acting as gatekeepers to the grandparents.

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    Multiple Kids

    Chris and Christian discuss having more than one kid.

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    Teach Kids Self Love

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about teaching kids how to be body positive

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    Burying the Lead

    Christian and Chris chat, get distracted, try to get the show started and then Chris drops the big news.

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    Swearing and Kid Cup Question

    Christian and Chris discuss swearing and answer your question about transitioning to open-top cups.

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    New Year, Same You

    Christian and Chris discuss New Years Resolutions as the calendar begins anew in this new year, 2018!

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    Christmas Gifts and Kids TV

    Chris and Christian discuss some last-minute Christmas gift ideas and answer your question about kids getting their own TV.

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    Not How Was Your Day & Two Kid Q

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about things to ask your kid other than "how was your day" and answer your question about having two kids.

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    Board Games & Therapy

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about good board games for kids and answer your question about therapy.

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    Millennial Parents vs 80s Parents

    Christian and Chris discuss an article looking at differences between Millennial Parents & 80s Parents.

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    How to Hide Snacks from Kids

    Christian and Chris discuss how some parents hide snacks and treats from their little ones.

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    Children Sleeping Alone

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about having/making kids sleep alone.

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    Co-Parenting with Alexa

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about parenting in the world of early-smart AI. Alexa, what do you think of this week's show?

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    Public vs Private Schools

    Chris (private school kid) and Christian (public school kid) discuss an article outlining some of factors in deciding between public or private school for your kids.

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    Documents Every New Parent Needs

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about documents every new parent should have, including their will and things like that. Listen and go get your docs in order!

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    How to Toddler Like a Silicon Valley Boss

    Christian and Chris need more questions from you. We also discuss a silly article about having your toddler act like a Silicon Valley boss. Enjoy!

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    Magical Childhood and Different Parenting Styles

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about a dad being done with making his kid's childhood "magical" and we answer your question about dealing with different parenting styles.

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    Nurture Good Writers and Getting Hurt as a Kid

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about nurturing kids into good writers and answer your question about getting hurt, broken bones and the like, as a kid.

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    Go Dog Go and Anchor Call In

    Chris and Christian talk about the perfect take-down of the children's book Go Dog Go and answer a call in from the DoP Anchor show.

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    Birthday Party Ideas?

    This week Christian and Chris discuss an article about some creative birthday party ideas...except most of the ideas aren't that creative :)

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    Christian's London Trip

    Chris and Christian talk about Christian's London trip and traveling with kids.

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    Not Naughty

    Christian and Chris chat about an article examining when kids appear to be acting bad, but actually aren't.

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    Feminism Let Me Down and Brit Books

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about how feminism let one particular author down and do a quick update on "British" books.

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    Caffeine and Kye's Episode

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about kids and caffeine and answer your question about Kye's Episode.

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    Scott's Episode

    Christian and Chris take a deep dive with a listener email. Welcome to Scott's Episode. Hope you love it.

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    Birth of a Mother and Geek Names

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about becoming a mother and answer your question about "geek" baby names.

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    Ivy League and Son's Behavior

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about kids who got accepted to all the Ivy League schools and answer your email about bad behavior.

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    Consent and Hospital Bag

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about reinforcing the idea of consent with your kids and answer your question about hospital "go" bags.

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    Special Guest Brian Brushwood!

    Chris and Christian welcome Hacking the System, Scam School, Night Attack, and Modern Rogue's own Brian Brushwood to the show!

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    Welcome Home Chris!

    Chris is back from her month long South American adventure! Chris and Christian catch up and hear about how traveling, traveling, traveling with a 2-year old went down.

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    Kid Athletes and Language

    Chris and Christian discuss the pressure on today's child athletes and discuss your email on language and watching what we say.

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    Baby in a Box and Three Quick Q's

    You should never put Baby in a corner, but maybe you should put a baby in a box? That, plus three quick questions!

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    Decline of Preschooler Play and Wardrobe

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about the decline in preschooler play and rise in sensory issues and read your email about things to wear other than a hoodie :)

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    Teenage Eye Roll and Third Person

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about the "teenage eye roll" and read your email about referring to yourself in the third person to your kids.

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    Once a Week FYI

    A super short FYI to let you know that DoP is going to once-a-week, releasing on Wednesdays, starting this week through the month of the April. Come May, we should be back to our Tuesday/Thursday release schedule.

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    Special Guest Amanda! (part 2)

    Christian's wife sits back down with Chris and Christian for a chat talking more about weed and pregnancy.

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    Special Guest Amanda! (part 1)

    Christian's wife joins Chris and Christian for a chat and telling of how potty training Estelle really went.

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    Know Why You're Yelling and Fashion

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about why you might be yelling and ways to stop and answer a question about kid fashion.

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    Fighting with a Teenager and Grandparents

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about how to "better" argue or fight with a teenager and answer your question about asking grandparents for help.

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    She Said What and Young Love

    Christian and Chris discuss an article on a bad experience at a restaurant and answer a question about young love.

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    Parenting Teenagers and Video Games

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about parenting a teenager and answer your question about introducing kids to video games.

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    Quiet Kids and Bouncy Chairs

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about reaching and supporting "quiet" kids and answer your question about bouncy chairs.

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    Weird Things About Your Newborn

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about "weird" things about your newborn that are totally normal.

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    Yes Mom vs Doormat and Work Life Balance

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about trying not to be a either a "yes parent" or a "doormat" and chat about work-life balance.

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    No Respect for Dads and Finding a Babysitter

    Christian and Chris discuss a viral story of a dad being laid off for attending his child's birth and answer your question about finding a babysitter.

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    Josh's Email

    Christian and Chris dive spend the entire episode examining Josh's email. Lotta good stuff :)

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    Welcome to 2017

    Chris and Christian get back into the swing of things after some vacation time and chat about 2017.

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    New Year's Resolutions

    Christian and Chris discuss their parenting New Year's Resolutions.

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    Santa Follow Up

    It's post Christmas, so Chris and Christian dive back into the Santa debate :)

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    Baby Names 2016 and Santa

    Christian and Chris discuss the hot baby names of 2016 and talk about Santa...the do you or don't ya...

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    Volunteer and Date Night

    Christian and Chris talk about some volunteer opportunities for parents and kids and answer your question about date night!

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    Three Questions and Family Advice on Parenting

    Christian and Chris chat about three questions to maybe ask your kids every day and then chat about handling parenting advice and criticism from your family.

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    Prince William and Gender v Sex

    Chris and Christian discuss Prince William discussing parenting (what?) and read a listener email with feedback on gender v sex.

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    Anti-Helicopter Parent & Legal Weed

    Happy Thanksgiving! Today Christian and Chris talk about being an anti-helicopter parent and how to talk to your kid about legal weed.

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    Use Fingers for Math & Toy Purge

    Chris and Christian talk about why kids should use their fingers for math and answer a question about getting rid of toys.

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    Kye's Episode

    Christian and Chris answer some questions provided by listener Kye, diving deeper into the issue of whether parents matter.

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    TV Parents and Allowances

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about current TV-show parents and answer your question about allowance for the kid.

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    Race and The Race

    Christian and Chris discuss an article on talking to your kids about racial violence and answer your question about talking about politics with your kids.

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    Feminist Child and Harsh with your Kid

    Chris and Christian examine a Mashable article about how to raise a feminist child and answer your question about being harsh with your kid.

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    Nag Your Daughters and Your Kid is the Bully

    Christian and Chris examine an article telling parents to nag their daughters to help make them successful and answer your question about when your kid is the bully.

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    Kids Books by Celebrities

    Christian and Chris discuss an article about celebrity written kids books and ask you for more questions, please :)

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    Avoid Humanities Majors

    Chris and Christian talk about whether kids should avoid humanities majors when going to college.

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    Milestones and Danger

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about milestones for your kid and answer your question about intervening to keep your kid fall free.

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    Three Kids and an Emoji

    Chris and Christian chat about an emoji keyboard for moms and having 3 kids vs 2 kids vs 4 kids.

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    Living Wisely

    Christian and Chris discuss an article on living wisely or deciding to or something...

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    Chores and Step Dadding

    Chris and Christian discuss what chores you kids "should" be doing and answer a question about step dadding.

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    Work Life Balance

    Chris and Christian discuss an article on "work life balance" and read a nice listener email :)

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    Special Guest Jen Longo!

    Christian and Chris are joined by special guest Jen Longo (author of the Random House published novels Six Feet Over It and Up to this Pointe) to talk teenagers, fears, writing, and more!

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    Women Need More Sleep and Milestones

    Christian and Chris discuss an article arguing that women need more sleep than men and answer your question about whether you should worry about milestones for your kid.

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    Randy's Episode

    Chris and Christian dip into politics and religion. The whole episode was inspired by emails received from listener Randy. Hope you love it, but it's cool if you hate it too.

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    Mommy Cards

    Christian and Chris chat about some "real world" cards for parents and answer your question about staying active!

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    Male Birth Control

    Chris and Christian discuss an article on why male birth control isn't really a thing and answer your question about feelings when you first see your new baby.

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    Unsolicited Advice

    Christian and Chris go over some tips to avoid unsolicited advice and then give some unsolicited advice of their own on books for kids and the family.

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    Kids and the News and Monitors

    Chris and Christian chat about telling your kids about the bad news in the world, watching/listening to the news with your kids, and answer your question about baby monitors.

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    Special Guest Maranda Carvell!

    Christian and Chris are joined by special guest Maranda Carvell to discuss nutrition, kids nutrition, how to get kids to try new things, and more!

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    Age for Star Wars Bedtime Be What

    Christian and Chris attempt to answer the question of when you should show your kids Star Wars and talk about bedtimes for babies.

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    Quitting Sports and What to Pick

    Chris and Christian talk about kids quitting sports and how parents can pick what activities their kids could or should do.

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    Spoiled Kids

    Christian and Chris talk about raising kids that aren't spoiled and Christian asks Chris about her recent international travels.

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    Save Stuff for Your Kids, Yo!

    Christian and Chris discuss an article that recommends some items you should save for your kids and Christian asks Chris how life has changed now that Sam is walking.

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    Anna Faris and Saying No

    Christian and Chris chat about the double standard Hollywood couples receive regarding questions on parenting and answer your question about saying no to kids.

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    Sugar and Summer

    Christian and Chris discuss an article saying sugar is, like, really bad for you and answer your question about what to do during the summer.

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    Birth and Restaurants

    Christian and Chris discuss some "tips" for eating in restaurants with kids and answer your question about birthing class and stuff.

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    Empty Nest Surprise

    Chris and Christian discuss an article about becoming an "empty nester," and chat about some Keiler Roberts comics.

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    No Mean Girls

    Chris and Christian discuss how to NOT raise a "mean girl," and answer your question about Mother's Day and Father's Day roles.

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    Have a Son, Stay Together

    Christian and Chris discuss claims that having a son increases the chances a marriage will last and explore the idea of twenty NYC babies under one-year old that are set to "make it."

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    Special Guest Angela Arsenault!

    Christian and Chris are joined by special guest Angela Arsenault to discuss her series on parenting, sexting, cyberbullying, and more over at Parent.co

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    Games on Games on Games

    Chris and Christian discuss games parents can play with their kids while laying down the whole time and answer some questions from a dad of five.

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    Special Guest Rob Krekel!

    Rob Krekel (Senior sound designer at Naughty Dog) joins Christian and Chris for a chat!

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    Funny Business and Evil Shirts

    Chris and Christian talk highlight a funny web comic about parenting and answer your question about villains on kids' tshirts.

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    Special Guest Betsy Stover!

    Betsy Stover (Upright Citizens Brigade teacher, performer, awesomeness) joins Chris and Christian for a chat.

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    Body Positive VR

    Christian and Chris talk about setting your kids up to have a positive image of their body and answer your question about the potential dangers of VR for kids.

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    Updating Your Sitter's Social Media

    Christian and Chris discuss social media rules for your babysitter and Chris updates everyone on her carseat and stroller purchases.

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    Have Two Adeles

    Chris and Christian talk about Adele's view on the pressure to breastfeed and answer your question about when to have more kids.

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    Special Guest Tasha Sounart!

    Tasha Sounart (Associate Creative Director - Theme Parks at Pixar. Created Costume Quest at Double Fine) joins Chris and Christian for a chat.

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    Screening for Maternity Leave

    Chris and Christian get angry talking about Meghann Foye's dumb article about wanting personal maternity leave.

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    Paul's Episode

    Christian and Chris spend the entire episode with feedback about our redshirting episode and a question from listener Paul.

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    Daddy Daughter Adventuring

    Chris and Christian talk about daddy-daughter adventuring and discuss how to tell a child that a pet is nearing the end of its life. Keep in touch, get in touch!

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    Don't Drink and Maybe Baby Make

    Chris and Christian discuss an article that says women should never drink if they might get pregnant, plus one of your questions!

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    Do Not Spoil It You Bully

    Chris and Christian talk about helping their kids avoid spoilers and discuss a listener email about being a bully.

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    Special Guest Sydnee McElroy!

    Special guest Sydnee McElroy (Sawbones; Still Buffering) joins Chris and Christian for a chat.

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    Supernanny Free Time

    Chris and Christian discuss what happens when a supernanny has her own baby and answer your question about free time.

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    Special Guest Justin McElroy!

    Special guest Justin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me; Sawbones; Polygon) joins Chris and Christian for a chat.

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    Why So Tired, Bro?

    Chris and Christian discuss a list of reasons why parents are always so tired. Tell your non-parent friends to listen :)

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    Create a Creative Child

    Can you make sure your kid is creative? Do you want to? Do Chris and Christian have the answer?

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    Merry Marry Merry the Rich Girl

    Chris and Christian chat about one person's experience trying to "marry rich," plus one of your questions!

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    Bullying Pulpit

    Christian and Chris talk about bullying.

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    Hold it Hold it Hold it

    Christian and Chris discuss one doctor's "magical" hold to sooth a fussy baby and answer your question about our go-to method for calming down a kid.

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    Other Countries Do What

    Christian and Chris review some parenting techniques used in a few other countries and answer your question about when to intervene at the playground.

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    If a Math Problem Left the Train Station

    Chris and Christian discuss one student's answer to a poorly worded math problem and answer your question about our fears regarding our kids going to college.

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    Ban Screaming Babies from Planes

    Chris and Christian talk about banning kids from planes and answer your question about telling kids about the terrible news in the world.

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    How to Feed Your Baby

    Chris and Christian talk about what and how to feed a baby and answer your question about introducing your kid to video games.

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    Screening Screen Time

    Chris and Christian chat about the changing rules on screen time and answer a question about encouraging your kids to exercise.

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    Quantified Baby

    Chris and Christian talk about quantifying data about your baby and answer a question about participation trophies.

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    Puff Puff Sleep Pass

    Chris and Christian examine whether using a sleep pass helps put kids to bed and answer a question about drugs.

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    Post-Birth Selfie

    Chris and Christian discuss a post-birth selfie making the rounds and answer a question about a t-shirt.

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    Hello, World!

    Welcome to Department of Parenting! This is our Hello, World, aka, our Episode Zero. The thing that just kinda sets the stage for what is to come. Welcome. Thanks for being here. We're excited to get to know you.

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