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This is a safe place for parents to get away from it all. It’s a cliche that having kids is both the most rewarding and the hardest thing you’ll ever do. And it never ends: just when you’ve figured out how a newborn works, the kid becomes a toddler, then a tween, a teenager and beyond. And kids don’t come with an instruction manual or an off switch. Sure, you love your kids, best thing that ever happened to you blah blah blah, BUT…

Welcome to I Love My Kid, But… a weekly escape where comedians Megan Gailey, Kurt Braunohler, Chris Garcia and guests unload about the joys and challenges of being a parent, all the hell their kids put them through, and how they might reclaim some of the glory of their pre-parenting life. You might learn a few things about how to be a better parent along the way, but it’s more important that you get to laugh and enjoy three very funny people vent about parenthood with other moms and dads who “get it.” No child psychologists here, no educators, or noted experts… just three comedians embracing all the L’s they take on a daily basis and celebrating all the small victories that make it all worth it. And if one of them lets slip that they might’ve sent their kid to school without lunch because they stayed out the night before with their college friends WAY too late, that’s ok too. No judgment here.


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This week comedian Sabrina Jalees joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt LIVE! They love their kids, BUT…did our parents just not give a shit or are we the crazy ones? Kurt reminisces about the good old days as a 12 year old smoking heaters and flipping through porn in the Dayton airport because his parents thought sending an unaccompanied minor on a flight was good parenting. And maybe it was! Kurt and the crew reflect that maybe we, as parents, have gone too far the other way than how we were parented as kids. Sabrina is worried that her chill and bougie style of raising her son is going to bankrupt her family. When we want to give them everything that we never had as kids then you get a child that expects oysters and to fly first class. Anything less and it’s meltdown city, baby!  And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week Colton Underwood joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT….why are our closets bursting with thousands of dollars of unused baby crap that we all thought was vital to keep our babies alive when all we needed was a blanket and boobs?  Megan recalls the panic items she threw on her baby registry when Conrad was born including a Gucci diaper bag.  In the time she’s had the bag, it’s been brought out twice; first for a Dodger game to carry snacks, and second for today to illustrate, in person, how ridiculous a Gucci diaper bag really is. That said, we’re still very open to a Gucci diaper bag sponsorship. And Colton doesn’t have kids, but he and his husband are in the middle of a trying multi-year process to have a child that’s had everything from low sperm count revelations to a Tinder-style matchmaking for a surrogate. Despite our hosts’ parenting horror stories, they still want to go through with it!  And we’ll be the first ones on their registry to buy them their very own Gucci diaper bag.  And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian and actor John Hodgman joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt.  They love their kids, BUT…why are we putting the pressure on ourselves to take out a mortgage to send our kids to a school where the main subject is shapes? Chris went to an open house at a prestigious school that is part Hogwarts, part Clyvedon Castle and he was ready to spill it all to Lady Whistledown just for a shot at getting his daughter into the idyllic pre-k program. That was until he heard the $25,0000 price tag…FOR PRE-K.  And while the crew laments about the difficulties of finding a good school on the west coast, John reveals that the east coast isn’t much better.  Because choosing a middle school in NYC meant forcing his kids to decide what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives before they were even capable of picking out two matching socks.  It doesn't matter where you are in the country, we can all agree that the pressure to pick a good school is getting out of hand.  We want what’s best for our children but they can hold off on choosing a major in pre-k and go back to relishing the sweet, sweet taste of glue. And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian and actor Baron Vaughn joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt.  They love their kids, BUT…why are we worrying about what a six year old is going to be when they grow up?  Kurt got a chance to go to career day at Olive’s school and show all the kids what a comedian’s life is like. And while the tough toddler crowd didn’t appreciate Kurt’s jokes, his daughter, on the other hand, killed it on stage. What should be a proud papa moment, turns into a comedian’s worst nightmare as Kurt grapples with encouraging Olive to follow her dreams or trying to squash that performer bug since he knows first hand how brutal this career path can be.  As a former performing arts school student, Baron sees things a bit differently, and believes it’s ok to lean into their strengths and passions without pushing them to make a life choice while they’re still struggling to tie a shoe.  And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week, comedian Nick Thune joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They all love their kids, BUT… Do we really need to be friends with their friends' parents? We've already been through grade school, high school, college, and the workplace, and we've made ALL the friends we need at this point. We're pretty set by now. Or, are we? During a family trip to Legoland, Kurt's daughter, Olive, quickly befriends a girl her age, leaving Kurt with no choice but to engage in small talk with a family he just met. It's an uncomfortable situation with almost no way out, unless you're Kurt, who resorts to faking a back injury while going down a Lego slide. When Nick throws a birthday party for his son, some parents seem to believe that the ""drop-off only"" suggestion was rather flexible, and they decide to hang around. The vibe at the party triggers flashbacks for Nick, reminding him of past hook-ups that didn't quite pick up on the signals that it was time to leave. It may seem like closing time for expanding the friend zone, but if we open our cold, dead hearts, perhaps there's room for one or two more parent friends.And remember, you can call our hotline and leave questions, comments, or your own funny, completely anonymous ""Circle Time"" parenting story at 424-570-KIDS, or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just be sure to start your story with ""I love my kid, but..."" and who knows, maybe we'll feature yours on the air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Adam Cayton-Holland joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…parents are allowed to have a favorite child (admit it, we all do) but who gave them the right to have a favorite parent!?  Megan got one little illness that put her out of commission for a few days and all of the sudden she’s knocked down the parental ranking board by her son.  She’ll do anything to be numero uno again, but even after going into action-movie-star mode to save her son’s life from a wild coyote, all the thanks she can get is “Da da!”  Adam readily admits that his wife is the preferred parent for his two boys and he tries to not take it personally.  But he does savor the small victories even if it is just his kids leveraging their love to get what they want. Your kids may not appreciate you, but you are all OUR preferred parents!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Aida Rodriguez joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…how are we expected to be stable, emotional pillars to our kids when we’re falling apart ourselves? (Tissue Warning!) Chris shares some bad news with the group about his mom’s recent cancer diagnosis and struggles with the duality of needing to be both a heartbroken son and a strong parent. And while there’s no easy answer during difficult times, especially when you’re a parent, he finds that exploring the vulnerability that comes from sadness with his daughter, is a wonderful and healing experience. Aida has raised two wonderful children through some tough circumstances. And now it’s their job to check on her the way she still checks in on her own mom to make sure she’s eating right and drinking enough water. Parents don’t have to shoulder the burden of being the “strong” one alone during difficult times, sometimes our kids are the ones that help pick us up when we’re down.And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week, comedians (and married couple!) Noah Gardenswartz and Ester Steinberg join Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…how is it possible to be the gentle, warm, and caring parents we all aspire to be while we’re in a raging fight with our spouse? After Megan’s husband forgets his passport on a recent family trip, she finds herself torn between wanting to launch him into the sun, but also needing him to give her a break from single-parenting.  Conflict with your partner is going to happen, but the last thing Megan, or any parent, wants to do is bring that anger and resentment to a toddler’s bathtime.  When Noah decides it’s waffles for dinner, Ester can’t help but light the bickering fuse.  But as unhealthy of a dinner as waffles may be, showing their two kids that adults arguing and then (after hours of uncomfortable silence) resolving a conflict,  is in fact a very healthy emotional skill to develop. Hopefully that’s how our kids remember it years later in therapy!  And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Happy New Year Buttheads!  This week comedian Eugene Mirman joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt.  They love their kids, BUT…why are even our best intentions twisted and used against us by our sadistic children?  When Kurt asks his kids how their day at school was, they clamp up like a couple of Cold War era Soviet Spies under a hot interrogation light.  Kurt’s getting NOTHING out of these kids, so he decides to come up with a little ploy to make Olive talk: A fake talk show on the car ride home from school!  Fun, right?  But fresh off giving himself a pat on the back, Kurt realizes that he created a Groundhog Day nightmare where he’s forced to put on a talk show in the car EVERY DAY with no signs of cancellation in sight.  Eugene laments that when it comes to correcting his son’s behavior, his punishment threats are akin to a toy gun that spits out a “POW!” flag.  It's a new year with the same old problems and our solutions, like they did in all the years past, will just make things worse.And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week, Jack Osbourne joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s the most expensive time of the year! Megan finds out that no matter if it’s Los Angeles or Indianapolis, Santa is still going to shake you down and get what’s his. Gone are the days of taking your kids to the mall for a free picture with the cigarette scented Santa because the big man has bills to pay too, apparently. The first family of reality television, Jack Osbourne, managed to convince his non-believing oldest daughter to join her sisters in a holiday photo with Ol’ Saint Nick and also discusses what it’s like for his girls to have a real life, iconic, Rock-N-Roll legend as a grandfather. We’d all probably prefer Santa Ozzy, but we’re stuck doling out a hundred bucks to have our crying kids take a pic with the jolly ol’ town drunk. Happy Holidays, Buttheads!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week, Kevin Laferriere and Evan Berger aka The Dumb Dads, join Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…remember when you and the other person who helped make those little time-sucks were friends!? This week is all about making sure we’re carving out time for our OG’s, the ones who were here before kids - our spouses. When Chris’ babysitter didn’t get the cancellation memo, he and his wife decided to take advantage of the extra help by sneaking upstairs for a little sexy time. Unfortunately, a near-disastrous interruption from Sunny and the sitter threw a very cold bucket of water on that idea. Thanks to kids, Kevin Laferriere and Evan Berger have so little alone time with their spouses that they find themselves needing to schedule everything, even fights. Of course, they also relish the good times alone with their wives - those precious 7 minutes between putting the kids to bed and collapsing into bed for the night yourself. We’ll take what we can get for the ones we love the most!  And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week, actress Danielle Fishel joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…even when they’re away from their own kids, they can’t shut off that parenting switch.  Megan whisked off to Catalina for a kids-free girls' weekend but forgot to leave the parenting brain at home. When she came across two little kids it was goodbye “Let’s do mushrooms!” and hello “Can I get you a snack?”  Danielle Fishel admits that the minute she hits the road sans children, she immediately turns into the thing she loathes most; the person who offers up unsolicited parenting advice to other moms.  We can put hundreds of miles between us and our kids but there’s no stopping us from parenting.  Because once you put on that uniform, the job is yours for-EVER!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Actress Melissa Fumero joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…Can we not douse our kids in the bad family traditions we were subject to as children, and instead bottle them up and put them on the shelf for all of eternity?  Like many Cuban-Americans, Chris grew up smelling like a cross between freshly cut flowers and an out-of-work DJ thanks to Agua de Violetas, a cologne geared towards kids.  His mother, Sunny’s grandmother, is very big on this particular tradition for her grandson, but for Chris, and most importantly his wife, it may have a hard time passing the smell test, let alone being passed down a generation. Melissa Fumero gave her two sons very non-traditional names.  Her Cuban family refuses to accept this and opts to pronounce the names like they’re soaked in Aguas de Violetas.  It’s the fine line between honoring your heritage and knowing that some things are best left in the past. Good luck telling your parents that!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedians Randy and Jason Sklar join Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…forget Bird-Magic or Yankees-Red Sox, nothing brings out the competitive spirit like a little sibling rivalry. This week is all about the pros and cons of encouraging competition in our kids. In Kurt’s house, it’s an old-fashioned race to see who can put their shoes on first. He is trying to teach his daughter, Olive, how to tie her shoes but entering the ring is challenger and younger brother Gus, who isn’t going to pass up the chance to prove that his shoe game is even tighter (even though they're just velcro, kiddo). The Sklar Brothers reminisce about their own upbringing and how, rather than compete against each other, their drive was used to push one another to excel and become famous comedians. But that success comes with a competitive price when their own kids want to stage hilarious family roast battles. Nothing like mom, dad, and the kids bonding over attempting to one-up each other in planting deep-seated hatred and installing a foundation for the years of therapy ahead. Game on!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Dan Levy joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT… why are the biggest parenting critics in your life the ones you’ve known the longest and also used to share a bathroom with? Family, it’s like riding a bike; you never forget how to do it and when you fall your siblings will always be there to laugh at you. After a very long family vacation, Megan realizes that all that old baggage and habits one develops with their siblings and parents through the years don’t magically go away when you become a parent. Nope, It’s still there lurking behind every parenting decision you make until it blows up like the Volcano Nachos at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant. And Dan Levy talks about how his younger brother, with much less parenting experience than him, can’t stop giving unsolicited parenting advice. So this Thanksgiving, you may not be able to choose your family, but you can certainly choose to double the shots in the Last Mango In Paris Margherita to help cope. Happy Thanksgiving Buttheads!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Natasha Leggero joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt.  They love their kids, BUT…why does the idea of having only one child completely break other people’s brains?  Chris has been getting the “So ya gonna have another one?” question a lot lately and quite frankly, he’s had it!  Maybe the number of kids a couple chooses to have along with the fact that his wife nearly died in childbirth isn’t any of your business buddy!  Natasha is also perfectly fine being in the “One and Done” club.  While everyone’s quick to blurt out that a brother or sister would be good for an only child; Natasha felt her experience playing Cinderella to her younger siblings and waiting on them hand and foot isn’t something she wants for her daughter.  And that’s ok!  It’s the one and done convo that some of you nosey jerks need to hear. And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Al Madrigal joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT...why is it easier to come up with a make-believe demon that will punish your kid if they don’t behave rather than just asking them to simply stop doing something? Chris prefers to communicate directly and honestly with his daughter when she’s doing something wrong. At the same time, his mother leans into fantastical threats and absurd, never-going-to-happen punishments to get results. And because parenting is a results-based business, Chris is a bit conflicted about which method works best. As someone with grown children, Al Madrigal brings a much-needed veteran presence to the I Love My Kid, But… locker room and imparts some wise advice for the parenting rookies; like encouraging them to be dorks, play a weird sport, and know how to order a vodka and soda without embarrassing yourself. And honestly, that’s what we all need to hear right now.  And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Bobby Moynihan joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt. They love their kids, BUT…it’s Halloween and even scarier than werewolves, zombies, and vampires is the first time installing a carseat for a newborn.  Megan talks about the horror of coming up with a clever family costume idea, especially as a comedian. Better be funny! Bobby Moynihan recalls how everything with the first kid was absolutely terrifying but with his second kid, it’s like re-watching a horror movie. You know exactly when all the jump scares and frights happen, so no big whoop, play with those knives kiddo. Plus they all discuss the most frightening, terrifying, ghoulish aspect of parenting; doing the math to see how disgustingly old you’ll be when your kids finally leave the house (shutters). We’re stuck in this house of horrors for a long, long time, parents, so you might as well get out the kids' sack of Halloween candy and drown yourself in Snickers. Happy Halloween!And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week comedian Mike Lawrence joins Megan, Chris, and Kurt.  They love their kids, BUT…Wait, what was I talking about?  Oh right, why is parenting killing more of our brain cells than all of the collective drugs we've (allegedly) ever taken?  Kurt laments that parenting has him so fried that he no longer can tell the difference between Among Us, Last Of Us, This Is Us, or a Thesaurus. But Mike Lawrence feels that parenting hasn’t made him dumber, but it has changed him in other ways. Like after trying to simultaneously finish dinner with one hand while a baby falls asleep in the other arm, telling jokes on stage doesn’t seem as important anymore.  Maybe re-prioritizing what matters is a form of forgetting the old, so consider all of us parents great big dummies. And remember, you can call our hotline and leave us questions, comments, or your own funny, totally anonymous “Circle Time” parenting story at 424-570-KIDS or you can email us at Ilovemykid@wondery.com. Just don't forget to start your story with, “I love my kid, but…” and maybe we'll use yours on air!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Jessica Bird

This show is amazing... can't believe it's cancelled! Wondery... what were you thinking?!

Mar 19th
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