An unfiltered podcast about parenting

 
 
 
 
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 This is The Great Equalizer, an honest, unfiltered and (at times) irreverent parenting podcast about the realities of being a mom (or dad!) in modern Jozi.

#nojudgies

 
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Episode 22: BOOB JUICE

WITH BREASTPUMPS & BEYOND

This week on The Great Equalizer… Sam’s urethra has anxiety, Charlene is ambling aimlessly along and we talk boob juice. Your hosts – as well as some guest contributors – share their breastfeeding journeys and we chat about every mom's decision to boob or not to boob (it's not really a question, #youdoyou). And, because we're not experts, this show is sponsored by Breast Pumps and Beyond – thought leaders in the world of parenting and lactation. Tune in to get the deets...

Episode 21: WORKING MOMS

CAN WE HAVE IT ALL?

Okay, let’s hear it for the working moms shall we? 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 As we’ve said before, no-one who is a mom doesn’t work, but this week we discuss the specific hardships some moms face when juggling working for money and working for their family. The juggle is real, ya’ll! 🤡 And so we ask you, dear listener, can we really have it all?

Episode 20: OH NO! IT’S MOMO

AND DEMON PEPPA PIG

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam is either living her best life or in the midst of an identity crisis, Charlene still has emotional flu and we talk Momo, Peppa Pig and screen time. The Momo deal has now been exposed to be a hoax but... we should probably still be paying attention to what our kids are ingesting, right? Sam and Charlene unpack this week's pandemonium around Internet safety and we hear from some moms about their screen time rules.

Episode 19: DEALING WITH DIVORCE

PHILLIPPA’S STORY

This week on The Great Equalizer… Dealing with Divorce. That kick-to-the-stomach moment when you realise your happily-ever-after is Just. Not. Happening. Sam and Charlene talk to counsellor, children’s book author and chronic optimist Phillippa Morassi who took the worst moment of her life and flourished through it. ALSO, Sam has man flu, Charlene has emotional flu and we chat a bit about mental health and breaking through the barrier.

Episode 18: MAINTENANCE NIGHT 2.0

DOING THE VALENTINE’S JIGGY

This week on The Great Equalizer... In honour of Valentine’s Day and the month of L.O.V.E, we’re taking Maintenance Night up a notch. Intimacy specialist Totally Me Tracy joins us on the pod to tackle some serious questions our listeners have about sex post babies PLUS this week's sponsor, Lingerie Letters, has a special gift for YOU. Stay tuned to the end!

Episode 17: MOM GUILT

YOU’RE THE WORST

This week on The Great Equalizer: Happy New Year, Sam’s 2019 has officially begun, Charlene has no momentum (thank you unwelcome interruptions) and we hit up some friends about why they are terrible parents. Hello, Mom Guilt – the one true universality within the universal great equalizer that is parenting. Guys, let’s face it, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Episode 16: THE LIES WE TELL OUR KIDS

IS HONESTY REALLY THE BEST POLICY?

We talk about the lies we tell our kids (peppered with some early sex-ed). How do you feel about being blatantly honest with your kids from the get-go? Or do you sugar coat some tough realities to cushion them from some of life's hardest blows? We talk periods, being naked in front of our kids, body autonomy, Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy... Essentially, when do kids simply know too much? Should we be protecting them more or arming them with knowledge?

Episode 15: AMANDLA, UBUNTU BABA! AMANDLA!

THE POWER OF THE MOMMY MARKET

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam is on the go-slow and a little in denial, Charlene is letting go of her baby boy and it’s fucking hard :( and we talk the Ubuntu Baba/Woolies debacle.

We also discuss whether we'll be boycotting Woolworths for wronging the little guy and chat about the contentious Gillette ad that got the guys' panties in a bunch.

Episode 14: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

BRING ON 2019!

This week on The Great Equalizer… BRING ON 2019! Sam is so ready for some fresh starts, Charlene speaks is hitting the reset button and we interview Annette Brokensha, MD of the Johannesburg Children’s Home and discuss how we can help out and lend a hand in the new year. ALSO, we chat New Years Resolutions and review the last 13 episodes of The Great Equalizer. Thanks for tuning in, folks. We look forward to lots more great content in the future.

Episode 13: THINGS TO DO IN JOBURG!

STAYCATION SANITY SAVERS

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam is fully booked, Charlene speaks fluent mermaid and we talk about things to do with your kid during your Joburg Staycation. We chat about kid-friendly restaurants we love and out-of-the-box activities that we don’t often think of doing. Joburg has so much to offer and we’re all about getting out of the house and wearing those kids out before they wear you out! ALSO, we review this year’ Snow White pantomime (it was a goody).

Episode 12: JEALOUS MOMS!

IT MAKES YOU NASTY

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam is but a shadow of her former self, Charlene is lost and we talk jealous moms! Let’s admit it for a second, we’ve all had bouts of jealousy and moments of inadequacy among others who seem to have their shit together more than we do. Jealousy makes implementing #nojudgies infinitely harder! So tune in and unpack this with us. ALSO, we catch you up on all our giveaways and what’s next on The Great Equalizer.

Episode 11: DISCIPLINE!

RAISING NOT-MURDERERS

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam met a boy and now she’s in love. Charlene is tired of being tired and we’re talking corporal punishment... JOKES! But we do chat to discipline guru Dereck Jackson who gives us some tips on how to wrangle our kids. Dereck is no Jesus, nor is his book the gospel BUT, if you're struggling to lay down the law, there are some super useful tips and tricks here and it's definitely worth a listen.

Episode 10: BOOKS!

RAISING READERS

On this episode of The Great Equalizer, Sam's house is haunted, Charlene is sporting a holiday tan (not) and we talk children's picture books with the gals from Love Books in Melville. PLUS: We showcase four self-made female authors who are killing it in the local book market, and we've teamed up with Kids’ Book Club who is offering one lucky listener something special this festive season. Stay tuned till the end!

Episode 9: CHRISTMAS!

HO, HO, HO

On the latest of The Great Equalizer, Sam is literally the worst, Charlene is taking a breather from projectile vomit BUT it’s all okay because… CHRISTMAS!

Also, we've got your definitive Christmas 2018 gift guide, curated by local paediatric occupational therapist and founder of Sensational Kids, Debbie Mobbs. You're welcome!

Bonus Episode! Being Frank on Tees for Titties

AND KNITTED KNOCKERS

On this bonus episode of The Great Equalizer, we talk tieties, tatas, boobies and breasts with the ladies from Being Frank. This uber cool duo are using design to bring about social change, and they've teamed up with Colourspun and Knitted Knockers South Africa to get people thinking about breast cancer beyond the month of October.

Episode 8: Kids’ Birthday Parties

I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam is feeling better (thanks for asking), Charlene is on autopilot, and we talk kids’ birthday parties. In the spotlight: Insta-mommy @thee_blackgeisha_chinadoll and mom blogger Being Me Jen.

Also, we talk titties and ta-tas with the ladies from Being Frank.

Episode 7: Never Would I Ever

EAT SOME HUMBLE PIE

This week Charlene and Sam discuss things they vowed NEVER to do as parents and how they’ve fallen short of most of those promises. Whoops.

We also chat to the lovely ladies behind #MamaMeetUpSA, Rattle and Mum’s Tanya Kovarsky and Mascara & Mimosa’s Sarah Booyens.

Bonus Episode! Children’s book illustrator Megan Bird

COOLEST MOM IN TOWN

In this mini-episode, Sam speaks to Megan Bird, who is not only an effortlessly cool mom, but also an amazing graphic design artist and illustrator, who this year started illustrating children’s books, including a locally illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland, another called What on Earth Am I? (by Lara Salomon) and most recently The Brave Turtle (by Brad Harris), which is literally hot off the presses. (Pic by Bernard Brand)

Episode 6: Mom Friends

AND NON-MOM FRIENDS

Making mom friends might not be as easy as we think it is. And holding onto friendships post baby? Infinitely harder. This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam is solo parenting (again), Charlene has had quite enough, and we talk about keeping and making friends after you become a mom. We also chat about Scary Mommy's hilarious but on-point Mother Judger video and... WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY! So stay tuned till the end of the episode to see how you can WIN with The Great Equalizer.

Episode 5: Child Care

WHO’S LOOKING AFTER LITTLE?

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam calls child services on her ass, Charlene takes stock of what’s important, and we chat about who you leave your child with when they’re not with you.

Sam also chats to Charlene about this week’s sponsor: Littlies Nanny Agency.

Episode 4: Maintenance Night

LET’S GET INTIMATE

This week on The Great Equalizer, Sam gets a sneak peak of what’s to come, Charlene is drowning in her kids’ bodily fluids, and we chat about getting intimate.

*Bow chicka wow wow*

P.S. If you raised and/or gave birth to Sam or Charlene (or their spouses), now would be a good time to head on over to the safety of Episode 5.

Episode 3: Self Care

WHAT’S THAT?

This week on The Great Equalizer, Charlene wades through a sea of emotions and Sam gets her ducks in a row.

Also, we are talking SELF CARE. Do you know what that is? Neither do we! Jokes aside, we come to realise that being the best versions of ourselves is not necessarily cosmetic… Who knew?

Episode 2: Lowering Our Expectations

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

On this episode of The Great Equalizer, Sam doesn't know which way is up or down and Charlene's taking it One. Step. At. A. Time.

We also talk about lowering our expectations as mothers. Could this be the coping mechanism we need to ease the pressure of "perfection"? To minimise disappointment and failure?


Episode 1: Hello!

INTRODUCING… YOUR HOSTS

On this first episode of The Great Equalizer, we give some insight into who we are, who we are as mothers, where we find ourselves in this crazy phase of life, and why we've decided to open up about it.

We also mention a blog post by Janelle Hantchett of Renegade Mothering titled I Became a Mother and Died to Live. Read it here.

 Show music:


• Opening theme: Lap Children by Ranch House (freemusicarchive.org)
• Interlude: Only a Dream by John Worthy and the Bends (freemusicarchive.org)
• Closing music: You Afraid by John Worthy and the Bends Interlude: Only a Dream by John Worthy and the Bends (freemusicarchive.org)

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