Parenting Like a Badass
Teens are really good at letting parents know how completely and utterly uncool we are every chance they get.
It can be easy for parents to start feeling really beat down, exhausted, and lame.
Maybe it’s because all the “parent” characters we see on movies and TV are stereotyped as out of touch with their teenagers and clueless about popular culture and modern technology. Maybe it’s just because parents are met with exasperated eye rolls so often from their own teens.
Somehow, many parents have lost touch with their inner badass.
And I’ve found that teenagers respond much better to parents who see themselves as a badass.
This week’s podcast guest, Biz Ellis, went through her own “parent identity crisis” after she became a mother. She realized that she didn’t feel “cool” about being a mom. So she went on a bit of a journey of self-discovery and ended up finding the answer in a T-shirt.
It was a T-shirt her husband made for her and it said “One Bad Mother” on the front. Suddenly she felt cool again as a mom.
She had found her inner parenting badass.
In this episode, Biz tells her story and reveals insights she has learned through over 200 episodes of hosting one of the most popular parenting podcasts on the planet.
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1 Word-for-Word Script
from this Episode:
1. When some other kids were picking on your teenager:
“Well, that’s really not a very good insult. How did it make you feel? Maybe he needs to work on his insults a bit more. What do you think? Should we come up with some things you could say back to him next time?”
Biz hosts the comedy podcast One Bad Mother with co-host Theresa Thorn. Biz, formerly a stand up comic, member of the nationally-acclaimed sketch comedy group MEAT and corporate event planner in NYC, is now a stay-at-home mom to her 3-year-old daughter. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She enjoys displacing her parenting frustrations into failed crafting projects. Life is good.
Biz and Theresa are also the authors of a hilarious and insightful book, You’re Doing a Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting.