Ep. 39 Parenting Fails Vol. II – featuring James Breakwell, Heather Brooker, Deva Dalporto, Hillary Frank and Jill Smokler

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No matter how much we love our kids or how hard we try to be perfect, parenting fails are inevitable, which is why it’s important to tell our stories – so nobody gets fooled into thinking any parent is as perfect as they pretend to be on Facebook.

This is the second time I’ve done an episode dedicated to parenting fails. You can go back and listen to episode 11 of the podcast, which features the parenting fails from the first 10 guests on the show. Now, for this episode, I’ve compiled the parenting fails from guests 11 through 15.

Parenting Fail Storytellers in this Episode:

James Breakwell from episode 12: James is a father of four daughters under five, and if you’re one of the nearly 600,000 people who follow him on Twitter, you know him best as @xplodingunicorn.

Heather Brooker from episode 13: Heather hosts the Motherhood in Hollywood podcast and has appeared in shows such as The Office, The Mindy Project, Grey’s Anatomy and Cougar Town.

Deva Dalporto from episode 15: Deva is an author, actor, blogger and mom of two kids whose videos on YouTube have been downloaded millions of times, leading NBC to call her the “Weird Al of YouTube Moms.”

Hillary Frank from episode 18. Hillary is the host of The Longest Shortest Time podcast, which is the top parenting podcast on iTunes, and every other podcast platform for that matter.

Jill Smokler from episode 21. Jill is the mom who created the Scary Mommy website, which has really evolved into an entire community of parents.

Share Your Parenting Fail on the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast

I’m gathering the stories of parenting fails from listeners to share in future episodes. If you have a parenting fail to share, check out how easy it is to share your story on the show.

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Share Your Parenting Fail on the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast

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I ask every guest on the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast to share a parenting fail that might have been stressful at the time but that they can laugh about now, and every guest always has a great story to tell. Now, I want to hear your story.

No matter how hard we try to be perfect or how much we love our kids, we’re all going to make mistakes. Parenting fails are inevitable, which is why it’s important to tell our stories so nobody gets fooled into thinking parents must be as perfect as everybody pretends to be on Facebook.

If you have a parenting fail that you would like to share on the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast, click the “Start Recording” button below.

A few suggestions:

  1. Start by sharing your name and where you’re from.
  2. If you’re a blogger/podcaster/comic book hero, etc., feel free to mention the name of your website but try not to be overly promotional.
  3. Share your story in less than 5 minutes. (That’s the limit for the recorder.)
  4. If you can’t see the recorder below, refresh your page.
  5. Listen to previous parenting fails shared on the podcast for more ideas:

Ep. 38 Interview with Jeannie Gaffigan, co-writer of The Jim Gaffigan Show and mom of 5 kids

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Jeannie Gaffigan, the wife and writing partner of Jim Gaffigan, one of the most popular comedians in the world, is the featured guest on the podcast this week.

In addition to co-writing Jim’s standup material, Jeannie co-writes the Jim Gaffigan Show with Jim. They also have five kids together and raise them in New York City, which is the basis for the Jim Gaffigan Show.

In our conversation, Jeannie and I talk about her writing process with Jim, what it’s like to raise kids in New York City, what their family does for entertainment and why Father’s Day was the perfect day for the new season of the Jim Gaffigan Show to premiere.

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Ep. 37 Interview with McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Editor Christopher Monks

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Christopher Monks, editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, is the featured guest this week.

If you aren’t familiar with McSweeney’s, it features some of the smartest and most original humor online. It’s not a parenting website by any means, but one of the many things I appreciate about the site is that it doesn’t shy away from good parenting humor. As long as an essay is original and funny, no topic is off limits on McSweeney’s and I think that is a credit to Chris as the editor.

In our conversation, Chris and I will talk about what separates good parenting humor from tacky parenting jokes, how often he gets submissions about parenthood and what topics he’s tired of reading about. (Can you guess what topic everyone is writing about right now?)

Chris works out of his home, so we also talk about being a work-at-home dad and how he stays on schedule. And finally, I’ll ask him about working with some of the celebrity authors who contribute to McSweeney’s.

Also Mentioned in this Episode:

In this episode, I also announced that I’m inviting listeners to share their parenting fails on the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast. Every guest on the show has shared parenting fails that they can laugh about now, and now I want to hear your stories.

If you have a parenting fail that you can share in less than four minutes, use the record button below to let me hear it and share it on the podcast. Feel free to leave your name and hometown in the recording. If you’re a blogger and want to share the name of your website, feel free to do that too. I can’t wait to hear your stories.

Ep. 36 Interview with BuzzFeed Parents Editor Mike Spohr

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Mike Spohr, editor of BuzzFeed Parents, is this week’s featured guest. If you’re a writer or even if you’re just an aspiring writer, you are really going to enjoy this conversation.

Mike and I talk about the characteristics of a viral article and what it means to go viral. We talk about some of Mike’s favorite articles for BuzzFeed Parents and what kind of articles parents tend to gravitate towards. We also discuss Mike’s own family blog and what it takes to build an online fan base of readers.

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