The theme for this week is Scary Good, which means the ParentNormal News will feature what’s scary good about parenting. In this episode, I also preview Thursday’s upcoming interview with Scary Mommy creator Jill Smokler.
Investigators in Belmont, New York are stunned after discovering the true identity of nighttime monsters. In a plot twist reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the monsters scaring everybody at night have turned out to be everyday toddlers. Thousands of eyewitnesses report being victimized by toddlers on a nightly basis, so the most surprising thing is just that it took this long to close the case.
Meanwhile, a mother in Grand Rapids, Michigan is still not talking after a recent scare in her home. Her husband says their kids were playing like they always do, with lots of screaming and fighting and laughing, when all of the sudden the kids went quiet.
The father says he and his wife were terrified of what their kids must’ve been up to. The mom still isn’t speaking because she’s still trying to figure out what they did. The fact that it’s not an obvious spill or construction project only makes it more chilling because whatever they were up to might not be discovered for months.
Parents aren’t the only ones being scared in Eugene, Oregon. A group of toddlers are boycotting public restrooms over their fear of automatic flushing toilets and hand dryers. The toddlers can be heard running around in restaurants away from bathrooms chanting, “What do we want?” “Quiet Potties” “When do we want it?” “Several minutes ago before we had the crap scared out of us and into our pants!”
And finally, a new study finds that jumping in fear of bugs and spiders is actually a learned behavior. But kids eventually pick up their parents’ techniques.
And those are the ParentNormal News headlines.
About Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast
Since this episode was originally released, the show has evolved into Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast. It’s a show that’s for imperfect parents by imperfect parents. Hosted by humorist and imperfect parent of three Chris Cate, every episode breaks down a topic that causes parents to break down, such as putting kids to bed, potty training, the terrible twos, homework, clothing, discipline, cleaning up, cooking for kids, and so on….
By the end of each topic breakdown, parents will hopefully realize they aren’t alone in their struggles and that the craziness all parents go through is actually quite funny when it’s looked at in the right light. After all, the mission of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry.
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