In preparation for Beth leaving town for a wedding, Peter and Beth record a night early, much later than usual and after an incredibly bumpy Uber ride. Does Peter make it through the recording? It’s debatable. Also, Bryn and Maeven chime in… mostly about farts.
This week Beth and Peter prepare for Bryn’s 5th birthday by rehashing the brown cow cake argument, admitting that they have no plan and then asking the listeners to plan the party for them. Then they prove once again why the podcast deserves reviews titled “A very sexy podcast for parents.”
A new week brings new neighbors, a new bed, and a new appreciation for a lazy day. Beth shares an article about the history of mothers’ lack of alone time, Peter catches up on some old lister mail and Bryn writes a book about the Sun… farting.
After a remarkably stress-free family vacation, Peter’s new medication makes him so crazy that Beth and Peter have to scrap an entire episode, then fight all night, and re-record a day late. It sounds terrible and it was, but things end up better in the end.
For four days, Peter spends the weekend in the Berkshires, the kids with Nana and Granddad and Beth home alone. The result? Everyone has the time of their lives. Peter and Beth then finally spill the beans on that big reveal that they’ve been teasing for weeks.
For Father’s day Peter gets to choose how the family spends the day and he chooses: nothing. It’s everything he hoped it would be. Beth and Peter talk about the neuroscience of dad brains and Bryn refuses to put on his shoes... or do anything that you need him to.
On their way back from a family trip to Atlanta, the whole family gets trapped in the airport for 8 hours. Do the kids fight non-stop? Do Beth and Peter drive each other crazy? Does getting home at 2am tear them apart? No, actually it’s fine. It’s shockingly fine. Later, Peter takes the kids for a long walk during which they say a lot of funny stuff, Beth shares an article about preparing yourself emotionally for childbirth, then Peter and Beth say naughty words.
In preparation for the family’s big Memorial Day Weekend trip to Atlanta, Peter and Beth are recording early and separately! Beth shares her experience meeting a sex therapist at a bar and what she learned, Peter plays a new game with the kids called “What’s Better?” and then Beth and Peter get political!
This week it gets hot and humid and as a result Peter gets cranky, then Bryn and Maeven get cranky, then Peter gets more cranky, then the kids get more cranky, then things get whiny and fights about nothing grow and multiply, then Beth comes home and has to record a podcast with an incredibly whiny, cranky and whiny Peter. And then he writes a stupid show description that no one likes, him most of all! He’s not acting out YOU’RE acting out!!!
Peter and Beth complete their first year as parenting podcasters and celebrate in much the same way they celebrate their wedding anniversary: by being nice to each other, but not really doing anything special.
This week the family drives to Connecticut to see some dinosaurs with Nana and Grandad where Bryn learns to face his fear of volcanoes. Later, he decides that he hates skating, but love worms. Beth and Peter unpack a couple of Would You Knows scenarios and read some listener mail that rewrites the Easter Bunny’s original story.
This week the family celebrates Maeven’s 3rd birthday with fun times, a lot of pink and too much sugar. Peter gets the news that Bryn did not get into the dual language program and feels so sad that he accidentally leaves the groceries in the car for half the day. Beth and Peter answer some listener mail about tarot cards and the worst things Bryn and Maeven have gotten into while unattended in the morning. They then get a very exciting phone call during the podcast that they can’t talk about, but spend a lot of time talking about how they can’t talk about it.
Beth and Peter are joined by three very special guests, Chuck Bryant (Stuff You Should Know, Movie Crush), Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s Ask Me Another) and Abbi Crutchfield (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), at Littlefield in Brooklyn for their very first live recording of We Knows Parenting. During the show, Chuck enjoys criticizing Peter’s ability to explain a Would You Knows scenario succinctly, Abbi reveals her need for only five hours of sleep a night, Ophira shares her “angry” face and fun is had by all.
Tonight is our live show at Littlefield in Brooklyn! Tickets are available at www.weknowsparenting.com. No regular episode today as we prepare for the show, but we’ll be back on Thursday with a full episode before returning to our regular Tuesday schedule next week. If you don’t live in the area or can’t make it to the show we could still use your help! Send us parenting questions and Would You Knows scenarios to ask our special guests.
Our live show in Brooklyn is one week away! Get your tickets now at weknowsparenting.com. This week Peter and Beth record early before she goes to LA for the week. Bryn bumps his face on the wall and gets a mouth full of blood. He does not enjoy it. Maeven get spiteful at Peter’s attempts to stop her from repeatedly dumping out a box of paints. While Beth is away Peter attempts to interview the kids, but forgets to plug in the nice microphone. It’s funny, but boy does it sound terrible. The kids are asleep now, so deal with it.