It Takes a Village To Raise a Parent

Parenting. It's fun. It's challenging. It crosses racial and ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Oh, and once you have "it" figured out, everything changes. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, this podcast focuses on the parent. We hope to learn from other parents while giving you, the listener, some actionable tips to help you become a better parent. Note: This podcast is sponsored by gDiapers. Learn more at
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Apr 25, 2017

Today’s world is filled with technology. In some ways it helps parents, and in other ways it hinders us. You can probably look at your use of devices and technology and agree with both of these takes. 

Carley Knobloch, a self-described digital lifestyle expert has been on the Today Show and is the Smart Home host on HGTV. She’s the mom of a teen and a preteen, and she has a lot of insight on technology and how it can be used as a parent. She’ll talk about some apps that have helped her and the way that she uses technology to organize her life so she can make more special moments with her kids. 

Some of the highlights of the show include: 

  • Ways that technology has helped Carley be a better parent, as well as ways that it has impeded her good intentions. 
  • How to model and encourage good behavior when it comes to technology when you don’t meet your ideal standards yourself. 
  • Some specific technology that helps Carley with her parenting. 
  • How Carley teaches her kids how to use technology, and why it’s important not to assume that teens know how to use all types of apps and technology despite knowing how to use their own social media platforms. 
  • Types of technology that can make someone a less effective parent, as well as how Carley has learned to achieve some balance so she can get her work done while still being in the moment with her kids. 
  • Carley’s best piece of advice for parents who want to focus on using the best technology for what they want to do. 
Apr 18, 2017

Many people find themselves in the often difficult position of being a single parent. My guest today, Jessica, has been raising her daughter as a single parent. Jessica talks about some of the challenges she has faced and she has some great advice to share on things she has learned along her journey as a single parent. Listen in as Jessica gives some great advice for not just single parents, but for all parents as well. 

 Highlights from this episode:

  • Jessica’s decision to be a single parent
  • How Jessica’s family and faith provide support to her
  • The dynamics of dealing with a different set of rules between her home and her daughter’s father’s home
  • Why is is so important for single parents to put aside pettiness and focus on what’s best for their child
  • How Jessica’s daughter handles the split-time between her two homes
  • The relationship Jessica has forged with her daughter
  • The positive aspects of being a single parent
  • Jessica shares her advice to other single parents


Quotes by Jessica:

 “The hardest thing single parents will have to do is get along with the other person (parent) when they don’t want to.”

 “Single parents should humble themselves, check the pettiness.”

 “You have a choice on how you’re going to make it a positive relationship.”





Apr 11, 2017

There are no two ways about it: Being a new parent is hard. And that is exacerbated if a new mom has pregnancy-related or postpartum depression and anxiety. Today we’re talking to a mom named Andrea who has suffered from anxiety since early childhood. Just about every parent has either gone through PPD or knows someone who has. We are going to delve into Andrea’s story in the hopes that it might help you relate it to your own experience or to that of a friend or relative.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • Andrea’s first experience with panic and anxiety and how she remembers it decades later.
  • How and why Andrea hid her depression and anxiety, and why mental health screening forms weren’t helpful.
  • How depression and anxiety affected Andrea during her pregnancy, including physical manifestations of anxiety.
  • How an outpatient program for anxiety helped Andrea cope during the last month of her pregnancy.
  • The importance of having a support system and how Andrea found a supportive friend through her program.
  • How parenthood changes friendships.
  • The quote that has become Andrea’s mantra: “It’s not forever; it’s just for right now.”
  • Coping mechanisms and how Andrea manages her depression and anxiety.
  • Andrea’s best advice on self-care for moms who are struggling with pregnancy-related or postpartum depression and anxiety.
Apr 5, 2017

Today’s episode is a bit different than the last several, because it’s going to focus on gDiapers, the most eco-friendly diaper out there. If you haven’t heard about them, they’re disposable diaper liners that go into super-cute pants. We’re going to chat with Marta Long and Shelly Yoast, two moms who know a thing or two about fashion. They’re going to talk about style and how gDiapers fits into it. 

  • How style changes from trendy to mom-in-her-sweatpants once a baby comes along, even in a very trendy and style-conscious mom. 
  • Why a mom might feel just fine about leaving the house not dressed to the nines, and how wearing comfortable clothing can actually be a confidence boost. 
  • Some thoughts on how priorities change when a child comes along. 
  • How a mom can translate her sense of style to her child’s style with gDiapers. 
  • The transition for moms to one child and to two children when it comes to getting dressed and wearing makeup.  
  • The mom-bob: What it is and why some moms want it. 
  • How Shelley used LuLaRoe leggings to satisfy her sense of style.