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Real talk?
Modern parenting is a doozy. Where the f*ck is that village everyone talks about?
Consider After Bedtime your village.
Led by Kristin and Deena, After Bedtime is the place you can go at the end of a long hard day to find your "enough"-ness. Because honestly, you're f*cking crushing it.
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Get ready to experience Big Little Feelings in a whole new way. This is Kristin and Deena like you’ve never seen them before.
(And yes, this is the parenting podcast you’ll actually want to listen to.)
Latest Episodes
Andy Cohen on Parenting Housewives AND Toddlers + Which One is Harder
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 transform reality TV as we know it today (Spoiler alert: It’s inspiring AF)
  • Find out how Andy balances a busy career and QT time with his kids
  • Andy gets vulnerable and shares about guilt and tough parenting moments
  • We reveal the No. 1 thing that all toddlers *and* Housewives really want
  • Andy gives us the inside scoop on how Watch What Happens Live came to be
  • We pay homage to Watch What Happens Live and play a spicy round of 'Plead the Fifth,'
  • The ONE thing you want to *avoid* when your toddler is hitting
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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An IVF Journey: Kristin’s Struggle with Secondary Infertility
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 that you’re NOT ALONE and there is *absolutely nothing* shameful about infertility! PLUS:
  • A detailed look at the IVF process from injections to egg retrieval to embryo transfer
  • What to *avoid* saying to someone struggling with infertility
  • How to support a friend or family member going through the IVF process
  • Why secondary infertility doesn’t get proper airtime and deserves WAY more attention
  • The No. 1 hardest thing about the IVF process for Kristin and Tyler
  • Pineapple cores, McDonald’s French fries and more - rituals and old wives tales that Kristin picked up from the infertility community along the way
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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Your Burning Parenting Questions, ANSWERED!
By popular demand, we’re devoting a whole episode to answering YOUR burning questions. Join us as we answer your Q’s on:
  • How to end parent preference struggles for good! Get your life back, girl!
  • Why using rewards for potty training *doesn’t* work—and how to potty train quicker and easier
  • Our No. 1 tip to potty train your toddler in three days
  • How to handle YOUR OWN big feelings *while* parenting your kids and supporting them through THEIR big feelings (spoiler: this sh*t is hard)
  • A real-time update from Deena on where her marriage stands today
  • The ONE thing you want to *avoid* when your toddler is hitting
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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Besties in Business: How We Turned Sheer Passion into a Thriving Business (and You Can Too!)
For the first time ever, we’re sharing *exactly* how we turned sheer PASSION into a real, thriving business. If you have a big dream and you’re feeling stuck, this episode will leave you fired up and feeling empowered to turn that crazy dream into a thriving business! PLUS:
  • A step-by-step playback of how we launched and grew our business into what it is today
  • The power of dreaming big and how being wildly, authentically *YOU* leads to big success
  • Why traditional business advice doesn’t apply when you’re shaking up the space
  • Our top 3 tips for anyone who wants to pursue their own business dreams
  • An honest take on the pros and cons of running a business with your best friend
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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Shyness is a Superpower: The Secret to Raising Secure, Confident Kids
We’re talking about why being shy isn’t a bad thing—in fact, “shyness,” aka listening to your inner voice that tells you to pause before blindly following the pact, can be a real SUPERPOWER as your kid gets older! Join us as we bust through the myth that only outgoing kids are the confident ones and share why shy kids are actually incredibly self-assured and self-aware. PLUS:
  • Game-changing tips to help your child feel comfortable in new situations
  • What to do EXACTLY in the moment when your kid is feeling nervous or scared
  • How to build your kid’s confidence and foster resilience while preserving their inner voice
  • 5 easy strategies you can start using TODAY to support “shy” kids and shift them into full-on thriving mode
  • The *secrets* to raising secure, confident, self-assured children
  • A surprise guest joins us mid-episode! Any guesses?
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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Pushing Past Perfection: The Parenting Tool That Will Save Your Life
If you’re struggling with burnout, this episode will literally change your life. Child Therapist Deena Margolin and Parent Coach Kristin share their number one parenting tool: the 80/20 rule. This parenting strategy is so easy you can start it TODAY, and will instantly take the pressure off, leading to a happier, healthier you. On this empowering episode, you'll learn how to:
  • Transform your happiness levels, TODAY using the 80/20 rule
  • Take 20% of your mental and physical load off your plate right away
  • Stop hitting your breaking point by proactively using the 80/20 rule *before* you burn out
  • Set your kids up for a lifetime of success by watching you be a healthy, happy caregiver
  • Change the way you and your family approaches/views motherhood
  • Release the guilt and lower the pressure that comes with parenting
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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Ghosts, Goblins, Meltdowns Oh My: Handling and Preventing Halloween Tantrums
Halloween is SO fun, and? Like with any fun, exciting thing in toddlerhood, it comes with TONS of meltdowns and tantrums. But don't worry, this episode gives you *everything* you'll need to make this Halloween the best EVER. Get game-changing hacks to handle tantrums - and even straight up prevent some! PLUS:
  • Get the inside scoop on our night on Watch What Happens Live hanging with Andy Cohen and The Real Housewives (Spoiler alert: It was the best day of Kristin's life)
  • Learn the ultimate costume hack so your kid *might* actually wear it for trick-or-treating!
  • An answer to the dreaded candy question: How much candy should you let them eat on Halloween night?!
  • Get a step-by-step plan for when your toddler feels scared
  • Find out our #1 tip that will totally transform your Halloween night!
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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The Stay-at-Home Vs. Working Parent Debate: What’s Best for Your Kids?
On today’s episode, we tackle a true hot button topic: Is it better for your kids if you are a working parent or a stay-at-home parent? (Spoiler alert: Both are jobs, both are hard, both are rewarding, aaaannd you’re doing an amazing job!) Join us as we dive into the research and unpack our own unique journeys as parents, including insight from former stay-at-home daddy, Kristin’s husband Tyler (back by popular demand!). You'll leave feeling empowered and beyond proud of yourself, PLUS:
  • Get specific tools for releasing the guilt, so that you can feel confident in your own situation
  • Leverage what the research says about achievement, success, and behaviors between children with a stay-at-home parent or without one
  • Bust through the gender biases that moms and dads face when it comes to working or staying home
  • Tips for finding the right fit for YOUR family
  • Why either choice is both challenging and rewarding, and how to get rid of the whole "grass is always greener" feeling
  • Rapid-fire advice from Kristin, Deena, and Tyler, empowering you to feel confident in whatever role you’re currently in
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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How to Raise Resilient Kids: Parenting Kids with Respect Doesn’t Create a Generation of Snowflakes
Real talk? We all want to raise resilient, strong kids. BUT is punishment and “tough love” the way to get there? In this powerful episode,Deena and Kristin use modern brain science to pave a practical path to raising resilient kids. They're totally busting the myth that parenting with respect and kindness creates “snowflake kids” who are fragile, entitled, and crumble in hard situations. You’ll leave feeling empowered and excited to level up your discipline game, using techniques that work *and* create a strong kid who will become a capable adult. PLUS:
  • Why you might feel stuck in a tricky punishment cycle (accidentally increasing unwanted behaviors) and how to get out of it
  • Tips for Reparenting yourself to stop generational patterns in their tracks
  • An exact framework for effective discipline that you can use TODAY
  • How to work WITH your kid’s brain development instead of accidentally fighting against it, which is the key to better behavior!
  • Hot tips for doctor appointments to minimize meltdowns and help your kid build courage
  • How to ditch the pacifier without traumatizing your kid
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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I am One in Four: The Pregnancy Loss Club No One Asks to Be a Part of
On today’s episode, Kristin shares her heartbreaking story of pregnancy loss in honor of national pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. For a long time, miscarriage and pregnancy loss were seen as taboo, best kept hidden behind closed doors. Women have suffered physically and emotionally, alone, for far too long. We are honored and grateful to be a part of a new generation that shares their experiences. We now know these undeniable truths: there is power in women’s stories, there is healing in sharing hard topics, there is collective trauma that becomes uplifted as we band together and lift each other up with our vulnerability and support of one another. This is one story, of many, of the heartbreaking experience of pregnancy loss.
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My Marriage Sucks After Having Kids: Deena is on the Brink of Divorce
Deena gets vulnerable and shares how having babies rocked her marriage, plus:
  • The raging resentment that's left them feeling like roommates
  • Why 90% of parents feel less happy in their marriage after having kids (!!!)
  • What's stopping her from working on the relationship right now
  • Why "staying together for the kids" ain't it
  • Hot tips for date night (when you have no childcare)
  • How to avoid the dreaded screentime battles with your toddler
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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The Power of Repair: How to Heal Generational Trauma in Under 15 Seconds
This episode offers a profound healing moment to parents everywhere. If you messed up, if you yelled at your kid, remember this: it’s not too late, you didn’t f*ck this whole thing up, and you aren’t a horrible monster. You’re HUMAN, just like the rest of us. This episode will be the warm hug of “I’ve been there, you’re not alone” that you’ve been waiting for. PLUS:
  • An exact framework of what makes a good repair moment
  • Common phrases to STOP saying when you apologize after messing up
  • Why repairing doesn’t come naturally to us (spoiler alert: it’s not YOU, it’s your childhood)
  • The powerful love chemical in the brain that gets released (for both parties) when you apologize
  • The most IMPORTANT part of repair most people miss: ways to take care of YOU after you’ve messed up and why it’s the crucial piece of the repair puzzle
  • Why easygoing kids do not equal better kids
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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The Epidural Didn't F*cking Work: Kristin's Birth Story with Baby #3
Today, Kristin shares the jaw dropping birth story of baby #3 for the very first time! Join Kristin, Deena and special guest, Kristin’s baby daddy, as they unpack the insanity that is a 45 minute long birth (plot twist: it's not as nice as it sounds). Highlights include:
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Moms Are in Crisis: The Mental Health Epidemic
In this powerful episode, Deena and Kristin unpack why anxiety is at an all time high in mothers/primary caregivers, plus:
  • How to release the pressure that comes with perfect parenting
  • 3 EASY, doable, strategies you can use TODAY to improve your mental health
  • Cures for anxiety so simple, so doable, anyone can fit them into their busy lives
  • Effective toddler/preschooler discipline (Spoiler alert: stop taking away dessert as punishment)
  • The transcript of this episode can be found here!
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