After Bedtime with Big Little Feelings

After Bedtime with Big Little Feelings

Real talk? Modern parenting is a doozy. There’s never been more pressure to be perfect with social media readily at our fingertips - mixed with total isolation and no help. Where the f*ck is that village everyone talks about? Consider After Bedtime your village. Led by Kristin and Deena - founders of the largest online parenting community, Big Little Feelings - After Bedtime is the place you can go at the end of a long hard day to find your “enough”-ness. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll maybe pee our pants a little as we unpack things we’re ALL experiencing but too ashamed to talk about: imperfect marriages, miscarriages, managing toddler mania, apologizing to our kids and everything in between. You’ll leave with actionable, realistic tips to make this whole parenting thing smoother - small changes, big impact. In an age where parents need more *real* connection than ever, let’s talk honestly about the hard - and remind ourselves we are not alone, we are not failing. In fact, we’re f*cking crushing it.

Episodes

April 10, 2024 31 mins
Hi Big Little Besties! We were recently guests on the podcast Pop Culture Moms, and wanted to share it with you! Our friends Andie and Sabrina have been best friends for 20 years — and pop culture aficionados for even longer. On “Pop Culture Moms,” they’re taking their obsession with TV and movies to the next level by talking to folks like us, fellow “scholars” of pop culture, about what they can learn from the fictional moms we lo...
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You know her from the *iconic* reality shows The Hills and The City, and we know her as a Big Little Bestie & rockstar mom! Today we welcome creative director, designer, and mom to 6-year-old Sonny, the one-and-only Whitney Port!!! No topic is off limits, and we cover it ALL in our convo with this inspiring mom & business woman. In this episode, we chat with Whitney about mom life, how she adjusts to life in the spotlight, and her ...
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Today on the pod we welcome Dr. Daniel Amen, an expert on brain health and mental health disorders. Dr. Amen is a best-selling author, a physician, an adult and child psychiatrist, AND a brain disorder specialist, who is making it his mission to end mental illness by creating a  revolution in the way we view brain health. In this episode, Dr. Amen brings a *research-backed* approach to help you learn to be the parent you want to be...
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March 21, 2024 12 mins
Life is freaking hard. We are all doing hard things every single day – things like loving and losing; caring for children and parents; forging and ending friendships; battling addiction, illness, and loneliness; struggling in our jobs, our marriages, and our divorces; setting boundaries; and fighting for equality, purpose, freedom, joy, and peace. On We Can Do Hard Things, Glennon Doyle, author of UNTAMED; her wife Abby Wambach; an...
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If you’re stuck in an endless cycle of yelling, threatening, and then feeling super guilty afterwards, you’re not alone. AND, today’s episode is for *you.* By the end of this episode, you’ll walk away with an *exact* roadmap on how to handle those extremely common parenting triggers (your child’s crying, mess, whining) and find the right coping tools FOR YOU. Triggers will show up in your parenting journey no matter who you are. Yo...
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We’re unpacking the very *best* and the very *worst* TV parents—from Mom Tiger to Lorelai Gilmore to Logan Roy, and everyyyyone in between. Join us, along with VP hype squad aka Kristin’s husband Tyler for an episode that is *sheer fun*, includes TONS of nostalgia, and also happens to be full of SUPER valuable nuggets of ACTUAL parenting wisdom. Highlights include: Lorelai Gilmore: national treasure OR in a super unhealthy codepen...
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Defiance. Pushback. Power struggles. They’re one of the hardest parts of raising kids, but we’ve got some great news for you—it *DOESN’T* have to be this way! Today on the pod we are going to teach you how to end power struggles FOR GOOD, starting NOW! Join Kristin, Deena, and their special guest, BLF’s very own VP hype squad (Kristin’s husband, Tyler), as they walk through the three simple hacks to stop power struggles in their tr...
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Struggling with endless battles over screentime? Not sure how to navigate the whole sharing thing? Going through some serious parent burnout? Then this episode is for YOU. Back by popular demand, today’s episode answers more of YOUR burning parenting questions! If you have a toddler or preschooler in your life, trust us, you’ve had to deal with allllllll of these issues we’re getting into today. This episode is for all of us and we...
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If you want to laugh so hard you pee your pants a little (us too) - this episode just might be our funniest yet. Kristin, Deena, and Kristin’s husband, Tyler, aka VP Hype Squad unpack the craziest, best mom trends that we’re all obsessed with. (Plot twist: Tyler is way more up on what’s *in* with millennial moms than Deena is.) Whether you’re a total trend b*tch (Kristin) or couldn't care less about following the latest craze (Deen...
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We’re busting the myth that labeling feelings means you’re creating soft or weak kids. Real talk: there’s a way to *do* the whole feelings thing and there’s a way to *not* do the whole feelings kid if you’re wanting to raise strong, capable, emotionally resilient kids. If your parenting feels gentle, permissive, or like your kids are walking all over you? Then you’re doing the whole feelings thing wrong. Not to worry bestie, we are...
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On today’s episode we dive into something that SO many of us agonize over once we become parents. We’re talking about optimal age gaps, how many kids is the “right” amount of kids to have, and everyyyything that goes into making those decisions. On this episode we cover: How many kids is the ideal number of kids to have? The ideal age gap: What the *actual research* says in terms of child developmental outcomes AND parental happi...
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Back by popular demand, today’s episode answers YOUR burning parenting questions! From parenting to the personal, join us as we get REAL and dig in on the rollercoaster that is raising toddlers. On this episode we cover: Helpful hacks for taking your kids out in public—and not having it be a total disaster Is handing your kid an iPad at a restaurant really going to ruin them? Go-to dinner ideas for when you’re TOTALLY drained  ...
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Today’s episode is a bestie catchup where Deena gives us the latest updates on her endometriosis journey. Join us as we catch up on how she’s doing after her endometriosis surgery and how she’s coming to terms with her *other* diagnoses. Highlights include: How her surgery failed from relieving her symptoms  Dispatches from a less-than-positive post-op appointment What exactly is adenomyosis—and why does it leave some women suff...
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Today on the pod we welcome THE go to parenting expert in the research space: Emily Oster!!!! She’s a best-selling author, Brown Professor of Economics, data-driven pregnancy and parenting expert and is here to ease all of our minds about this whole parenting thing. On this episode, we chat with Emily on how to cut through the fear that comes with parenting, and help YOU make informed decisions based on *actual* data (rather than o...
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Despite what our Instagram feeds are telling us, we actually DON’T need to suddenly become a whole new person the day the calendar hits January 1st. Sure, the new year is a great opportunity for reflection, self-awareness, and goal setting. And? It can also be a recipe for MORE guilt, stress, and pressure that we really DO NOT need in our lives! On today’s episode, we talk about why typical New Year’s resolutions are kiiiinda bulls...
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On today’s episode, Deena tells all about her journey with endometriosis. Endometriosis affects 11% of women, so we have to ask ourselves, WHY is it SO effing hard to get a diagnosis and WHY aren’t more people talking about it?!? We go DEEP and cover it all, from the periods that left Deena doubled over in pain, to the doctors that brushed her off, to her recent surgery and recovery—and why it doesn’t just end there. If this episod...
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By popular demand, we are back with another episode where we answer all of YOUR burning questions that you’ve sent in to us! On this episode we cover:  The No. 1 key to preventing potty pushback (and all other kinds of pushback, too!) How to STOP the pushback and negotiating from your tiny toddler How to teach “stranger danger” and keep our kids safe *without* making them scared of all new people Our number one hack for prevent...
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Back by popular demand, we’re devoting another episode to answering YOUR burning questions. Join us as we answer your biggest toddler + parenting Q’s! Highlights include: Will the magic of Santa ruin your relationship with your child like social media says it will?!  How exactly to handle the Santa thing, in a way that works for YOU How to prevent jealousy and sibling rivalry from the start, right when you bring new baby home fr...
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Today we welcome toddler dad, fellow BLF Bestie, and absolute LEGEND, Andy Cohen!!!! (IS THIS REAL LIFE?!) The King of Bravo himself joins Kristin, Deena, and Tyler as we chat all things Housewives, dad life, and how he juggles it all. This episode is sheer fun *and* will leave you feeling so empowered as a parent! PLUS: Learn how Andy blazed his own path in life and totally transformed reality TV as we know it today (Spoiler aler...
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On today’s episode, Kristin and her husband Tyler get vulnerable and share their IVF journey. From their secondary infertility diagnosis to a devastating pregnancy loss to the IVF that led to their third baby, be prepared for a raw and emotional look at what SO many couples go through trying to conceive. If you’re going through this right now, or you’ve been through it before, we hope this episode is the warm hug that reminds you t...
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