Episode 26 // Picking Battles with Picky Eaters: Choosing mealtime enjoyment over food fights and frustration

Cooking for one can be tricky. Cooking for one times two or three or more can be downright maddening. But if everyone is happy, well fed, and gathered around a table together, that has to count for something. Right? Fine. Microwave your own damn burrito.  

Here is John's Crowdrise fundraising page for the 2016 Chicago Marathon as referenced in this episode. Heather is signed up to run it, but her psychiatrist, therapist and primary care physician all told her she'd never make it out alive if she tried. Instead, she's going to cheer from the sidelines while eating a bowl of banana nice cream.

Episode 20 // Parental Download: Co-parents usually enjoy a regular download of information, but single parents aren't as lucky

This week we're happy to be joined by Assistant Professor Hillary Hyde. As a single - or, rather, solo - parent with considerable professional experience working with children and families, she's got a lot to add to our ongoing conversation. And she's got a theory as to why some of this is so difficult. But just some of it.

Photo Credit: Matthew Kulisch Photography

Episode 17 // Resenting Resentment: Discussing that special feeling you get when you resent the wrong people (your children) for the right reasons (maybe?)

Is there difficulty and contentment? Yep! But there's also a whole slew of misplaced frustration, resentment, and GUILT when you're trying to do "what's best" - whatever the hell that means - for your kids. Maybe that's what happens when life is a bit like trial and error and error and error and "UGH! Why do you have to work!?"

Episode 12 // Divorce is Forever: When you have kids, you're forced to interact with your ex and that's always easy. Sort of. Maybe. Never? Sometimes!

We separated because we just wanted to be friends with our exs. Okay, that's not entirely true, but we both think that staying on the best possible terms with them is in the best interest of our kids. So how do we make it work? Well, it's gotten better, but we're still figuring that out (one glass of bourbon at a time).

(Heather gets a little teary-eyed in this one, forgive her for having just run 26.2 miles and being a little wiped out. Also, you're really gonna want to listen to this one.)

Episode 10 // Listener Stories and Medal Ceremonies: We're finally sorting listener emails and directly addressing the “Pain Olympics”

You've been emailing and we've been reading! We definitely have more stories to share, but this week we're sharing a few humorous and poignant listener stories while also taking a few minutes to share some non-four-letter words on the “Pain Olympics.” In short: We're winning! But that's not the point.

(A huge thank you to everyone who has emailed us about sick kids, loneliness, running, dating, or simply their take on this crazy world of single parenting! If we don't end up sharing your story, please know that we read it and appreciate it and we try our best to respond.)