StrollerCoaster: A Parenting Podcast

StrollerCoaster: A Parenting Podcast

StrollerCoaster: A Parenting Podcast is a smart, fun, must-listen podcast for parents of kids of all ages. Created by Munchkin Inc. (The Most Loved Baby Lifestyle Brand in the World) and hosted by CNN and NBC news anchor Lynn Smith, each episode features amazing stories, fascinating guests, innovative parenting tips, and tons of "Wow, I have been there" moments. It's the perfect podcast to learn, laugh and hear something about parenting that you've never heard before, with new episodes delivered every other week! Plus, we have a BONUS For Kids! Alongside StrollerCoaster we have StrollerCoaster StoryTime. A short-form podcast with a modern take on your favorite children's stories. It's full of surprises, cool sound effects and unexpected twists and turns. It's perfect for kids! And parents too, and you can find these episodes right here in the StrollerCoaster feed.


January 16, 2023 22 min

There’s tons of mom blogs and websites for moms, but what’s happening in Fatherhood? What have been the hardest changes (besides diapers)? What didn’t Dads expect? First, Lynn hears the latest from Brian Anderson, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Fathering Together, and his community of dads. Then, we hear a funny, real, and heartwarming story from Glen Henry, founder of Beleaf In Fatherhood, on how his world turned upside down...

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There you are being your fabulous parenting self when your child suddenly gets furious. Or frustrated. Or surprisingly quiet. What are they feeling and why? Is there a way to quickly decode and translate so they feel understood and we feel sane? Turns out, there are several techniques you can try! First, Lynn talks with child development expert and education journalist, Deborah Farmer Kris to learn ways to better help you AND your ...

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December 12, 2022 20 min

Are the holidays stressing you out more than a trip to the store with 3 toddlers? In just 20 minutes, we'll take you away from the madness and into the magic. In this special holiday episode of StrollerCoaster we're gifting you tips from Rosemarie Truglio, a childhood development specialist at Sesame Workshop, on how to talk to your kids about the true meaning of the season without breaking the bank. Then you'll hear fr...

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Welcome to Season 3! From climate change to extreme weather, how do we talk to our kids about important issues that seem scary to us as parents? Julian Lennon - humanitarian, philanthropist, musician and children’s book author, sits down with Lynn to talk about his work to make the planet a better place. He shares an incredible story about the connection he has to his father, John Lennon, and offers some great insights into how we ...

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November 14, 2022 56 sec

StrollerCoaster is back for another landmark season, bringing you new interviews with cutting edge experts and inspiring stories from real parents across the country! Our host Lynn Smith investigates your burning parenting questions with empathy, laughs, and a ton of heart. The wild ride of parenting continues in Season 3 of StrollerCoaster. Brought to you by Munchkin, the most loved baby brand in the world.

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April 4, 2022 27 min

We’ve gotten so many fresh ideas about parenting from making this very podcast, we couldn’t help but burst about it. Today Lynn and Justin share their real-life stories about what they’ve tried at home and how things turned out. The suspense!

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Lynn and Justin open up the StrollerMail bag to hear from you! It’s a great conversation with stories, laughs and real advice all for the StrollerCoaster community. Plus author, home designer and HGTV superstar Jasmine Roth joins us with some great tips to make your home more reflective of YOU. 

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March 21, 2022 37 min

Ever yelled at your kid? Raised your voice? Felt terrible about it after? You are not alone. The question is: Can we avoid yelling in the first place? The answer is yes. Lynn will talk with national award-winning educator Dr. Chae, and then we’ll hear a profound story from Best-Selling author Rachel Macy Stafford about why - and how - she stopped yelling quickly and for good. We’ll have a StrollerMail after-party, and then wrap it ...

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When you have a second child, are you giving your kids a lifelong best friend or instant rival? In this episode, we get into all the benefits and issues that can arise between siblings. We sit down with Dr. Siggie Cohen to talk about her work exploring the relationships between siblings as well as her life at home as the parent of three boys. Then we’ll hear a story from Deborah Goldstein about how her relationship with her sister ...

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March 7, 2022 32 min

"Can we get a dog? Can we get a dog? Can we get a dog?” It’s a chant that many parents hear, but how important is having a pet to your child’s life? We talk to Dr. Marc Bekoff, who shares what you need to know as you prepare the family for a new pet. Then we hear a story from Jo Simmons, who adopted a therapy dog that completely changed her son Ben’s life. Plus, a special giveaway!

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February 21, 2022 42 min

You can’t know how your spouse is going to parent until you’re parents. Surprise! Today we get to the heart of the matter. Lynn talks with best-selling author and founder of Positive Parenting Solutions Amy McCready. We’ll hear from Kate Stahl whose work on her marriage is having fantastic results on the whole family. Then Lynn talks with one and only fitness motivator Shaun T, and we’ll wrap it all up with a relaxing time out for ...

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February 14, 2022 33 min

When you get down, do you bounce back? Resilience is a crucial skill for life! So what can we parents do to raise resilient kids? First Lynn has a riveting convo with Christina Hillsberg, a former CIA Intelligence Analyst and author of “License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids”. Then we’ll hear from Jacqueline Chen about her son whose resilience motivates everyone around him. Next ...

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February 7, 2022 32 min

Is it healthy to be a parent to your children as well as their best friend? Is it even possible? It seems like modern parenting attempts to straddle this line but what are the facts behind the fad? We talk to Dr. Nicole Beurkens, a clinical psychologist, nutritionist, and special education teacher, about finding the right dynamic between parent and child. Then we hear the story of Aaronica Cole, a mother of three who firmly believe...

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January 31, 2022 26 min

When kids want something in the store should you buy it for them? Do you give them an allowance? Why? On this episode Lynn talks with mother of two, financial planner, and author of “Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands: How To Teach Young Kids About Finance”, Liz Frazier Peck, so we can figure out how and when we should talk to our kids about money. We’ll also hear the incredible story of how mom Sharita Humphrey broke the cycle...

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January 24, 2022 38 min

Bullying is an issue that so many of us grapple with but not enough of us understand. In this episode, we're going to change that. Today, Lynn talks with journalist and author Melinda Wenner Moyer to learn about some of the science behind bullying. We also have an amazing story from author Carrie Goldman about how her daughter’s encounter with bullying became a rallying point for people all around the world. Then we’ll hear fro...

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January 17, 2022 1 min

After ranking in the top 2% of Apple Podcasts for Kids & Family in our debut season…we’re back for Season 2! That means even more insightful interviews with parenting experts and inspiring stories from parents just like you. Leading the way is StrollerCoaster’s brand new host, news anchor for CNN and NBC, Lynn Smith! Plus exciting celebrity guests who share incredible stories about how they balance their lifestyle with being a ...

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No StrollerCoaster season would be complete without our very own mailbag. What questions did you curious listeners have for us? How did our incredible experts and parenting stories change Faith’s and Justin’s lives? Faith and Justin reveal their OWN Parenting Confessions, and of course a time out for YOU! 

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August 16, 2021 26 min

Our hosts share their favorite smart and surprising parenting moments - all wrapped up in one episode! With eye-opening info from experts and great take-aways on topics like: screen addiction, surviving the “parenting mental load,” connecting with our kids, and more. It’s a can’t-miss 26 1/2 minutes! 

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August 2, 2021 39 min

We’re talking sleep for the whole family. Including YOU. This episode is solution-based and inspiring! We’ll talk with the awesome and down-to-earth Dr. Craig Canapari, author, and Director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep Center. We’ll also hear from super sleep guru Tonja B., who you will SO relate to: She went from sleep deprived, to professional sleep guide! And of course a peaceful time out - for you!

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'There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, who had so many kids she didn't know what to do'... but honestly she wasn't THAT old when you think about it and she and her kids have PLENTY to do. Our 9-year old director and his cast of amazing improv actors perform their version of the classic nursery rhyme that’s full of surprises, sound effects, twists and turns and a shoe on the move! It's "story time" ...

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