Airing Our Grievances with Guest Jen Mann

December 22, 2022 / Mom &… Podcast Episode 102 / Guest: Jen Mann

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Show Summary:

Warning: This episode contains holiday spoilers that may upset young listeners. Headphones recommended!

Jen Mann is back! Jen was our very first guest, back in episode 4, and she came back a year later in episode 53 to talk about her book, Midlife Bites. Now it’s a tradition! We usually run our Jen episodes in early January, but this year our gift to you is a December release!

In the spirit of Jen’s blog (now on Substack) and books, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, we decided to air our holiday grievances in this episode. We thought we would do something like a Top 10, but in true Jen-Susanne-Missy form, things rambled a little. 

Topics From This Episode:

  • Holiday preparation
  • Baking (and gifting baked goods)
  • Missing deliveries
  • Ring camera for the win
  • Costco
  • PlayStation (and buying/returning more than one)
  • Creating Christmas Magic (and regular life infringing on Christmas chores/magic)
  • Buying for teenagers
  • Elf on the Shelf (check out Jen’s viral essay!)
  • Melted Elf on the Shelf
  • How many trees is too many trees? (Read about and watch Jen talk about her mom’s Christmas Explosion)
  • Pokemon
  • Real tree vs. fake tree (and dry, crispy real trees)
  • Leaving your future self helpful notes
  • Where to put the kid-made ornaments
  • Forgetting to get a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament for second children
  • Moving Christmas to a better time of year (but when would that be?)
  • Constantine and pagans
  • Holiday guilt
  • Family gatherings
  • The Christmas Creep with Cormac

Look, Listen, Learn

No LLLs this week! We filled our hour with holiday-related discussion. 

More About Jen:

Jen Mann is best known for her wildly popular blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She is the author of Midlife Bites: Is Anyone Else Falling Apart or is it Just Me?, as well as the New York Times bestseller People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series. She lives in Kansas with her husband and two children.

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Musical Notes

Our delightfully happy intro and outro theme music, “We Will Get Through This” is performed by Young Presidents, and used under license from Shutterstock.