Parent Trapped, a new podcast, aims to offer comic relief — along with common sense advice — for parents who fear they are dropping balls in the juggle to balance work, family, and school at home.
A project of the nonprofit Common Sense, which helps families and educators navigate the complex world of media and technology, the weekly series will take on unique challenges facing parents sheltering in place in the time of the coronavirus.
New podcasts post each Wednesday, beginning with today’s topic: Screen Time, Scribble Time, Space-Out Time. In each episode, host Ann Marie Baldonado will speak with authors, educators, and other experts to find solutions to everything from keeping kids safe on the internet to managing anxiety and keeping the peace between siblings—and partners.
Baldonado is a 20-year veteran producer and interviewer for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as a producer for Comedy Central and WNYC Studios. The production team is led by Hillary Frank, creator of the podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and author of Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.
The series also will feature fun coping tips from listeners, celebrities, and the staff of Common Sense.
“Many of us at Common Sense are working parents,” said Ellen Pack, president of Common Sense, in a statement. “This podcast really grew out of the stories and tips we were sharing with each other to find humor and sanity in this topsy-turvy world where kids skip into conference calls and screen time rules are thrown out the window.”