February 9, 2023 / Mom &… Podcast Episode 107 / Guest: Erin Pepler

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Show Summary:

It was so great to finally have Erin on the show. Longtime listeners may recognize her name as the Hero in the Raspberry Compote Incident at the 2018 Mom2.0 Conference. She saved the day, and Susanne’s pants, with a Tide Pen at a crucial moment.

In addition to being a Stain Treating Tycoon, Erin is also an accomplished writer. We got to talk about what it’s like to pursue a writing career while parenting. We also talk about terrible board games (Chutes & Ladders, anyone?), and what it feels like to want a break so badly you start thinking of wild ways to achieve that time off. Turns out, there are some self care options that don’t require a hospital stay.


We are giving away three (3!) copies of Erin’s book, Send Me Into the Woods Alone

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Topics From This Episode:

  • Writing
  • Writing while parenting
  • Creative ways to find extra time
  • Writing space
  • Writing time
  • Board games
  • Tide pens
  • Self care
  • Self care as preservation in the black community
  • Audre Lorde
  • Community
  • Support systems
  • Boredom in parenting
  • Division of labor

Look, Listen, Learn


  • Chelsea Handler’s special Revolution on Netflix
  • Chatter by Ethan Kross (audiobook)



More About Erin:

Erin Pepler is a freelance writer who lives in the greater Toronto area with her husband and two kids. Her work has appeared in Romper, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, MoneySense, Best Health, Reader’s Digest, Broadview Magazine and more. Erin’s first book, Send Me Into The Woods Alone: Essays On Motherhood, was featured in The Globe and Mail, CBC Books, The Toronto Star, Quill & Quire and Publisher’s Weekly. When she isn’t making her kids’ lunches or venting about politics on Twitter, Erin is working on her second collection of essays.

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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.

Transcript is auto-generated by a robot. Apologies in advance for misspellings or errors.