Episode 8: No-Nonsense Parenting

There are certain middle-class rituals that are so ingrained in us that we don’t really even stop to question why we do them. On today’s Mama Bear Dares, we discuss many of these rituals surrounding everyday parenting decisions that end up occupying precious brain-space. For instance, in raising children one can easily get caught up in the herd and find yourself making non-essential purchases and spending time, money, and a certain effort that you might really want to spend elsewhere. “No-nonsense parenting” is in some ways self protection from our busy, more-plus-more-plus-more culture and in other ways a philosophy that aims to teach independence and responsibility. Listen in as the Mama Bears discuss...and then join the conversation!


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Episode 4: Tackling "Man" Tasks

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On today’s podcast sisters-in-law Leslie and Tesi talk about dividing up household duties in an intentionally non-gendered way. Tesi discloses her rockstar ability to change the oil in her family van and the goal she has set for herself to learn how to do more tasks generally carried out by the men in her life. The women discuss car maintenance, hanging picture frames, producing a podcast, as well as the impact this way of approaching household chores has had on their spouses and their children.

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This podcast is the first of many short, 20-minute Mama Bear Dares podcast episodes and each one produced begs for your feedback! Reach out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know your reaction! How does your household work in terms of chore distribution? Is this something you think about? Do you know how to change the oil? What’s another “gendered” task that you or your partner completes that might turn some heads? We’d love to hear from you!

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Tesi’s “Man Task” Blog Post: http://tesiklipsch.com/2014/07/19/a-year-that-goes-beyond-diy/

Here’s Tesi’s tutorial on how to change your car’s oil: http://tesiklipsch.com/2014/09/02/3-wherein-i-learn-how-easy-and-deliciously-dirty-it-is-to-change-the-oil-in-my-car/

Jake’s post on Leslie’s Blog: http://farm-raised.blogspot.com/2011/09/home-improvement-with-jake.html

Link to post on Apartment Therapy: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/reader-regrets-jakes-shortorder-door-202290

(Jake confirmed that he did indeed bake a cake after demolishing the door.)

And finally, Leslie wants listeners to know that she realizes that filling the tank to her van with gas is not a big deal and she has never expected a man to complete that task for her.