Our Parents Did What?!

Our Parents Did What?!

Latest Episodes

Episode 40: Gripe Water
July 10, 2021

Way back in February of 2020, before the pandemic and before we had honed our sound quality, Jen and Diane recorded this episode about the origins of gripe water. So join us as we travel back in time

Episode 39: Conversion Therapy
June 21, 2021

Jen provides some personal and timely research in this episode in honor of Pride. We discuss the practice of conversion therapy, how it has changed over time, and the impact it has had on the queer community. At the end of the day,

Episode 38: Rise of the Helicopter Parent
June 11, 2021

Helicopter Parent. The term is usually uttered with rolled eyes and snide remarks. But when you take into account the circumstances of the 1980s & 1990s, it seems that this shift to overbearing parenting was somewhat inevitable.

Episode 37: Jell-o Salads
May 24, 2021

What do the history of women in America and Jell-O have in common? More than you probably realize! In this episode, Jen explores the incredible road to the Jell-O salad and how this bizarre status symbol eventually fell out of favor.

Episode 36: The Tea Party
May 17, 2021

It all started when Jen bought Diane’s daughter an adorable unicorn and rainbow themed play tea set for her 2nd birthday. It got Diane thinking about how much she loved her own toy tea set growing up. Why was pretend tea time such a staple of growing...

Episode 35: The Brothers Grimm
May 10, 2021

Snow White. Hansel and Gretel. The Frog Prince. Stories that are well known and beloved the world over. We can thank the very famous and very prolific Brothers Grimm for collecting and sharing these tales with the world. In this episode,

Episode 34: The Baby Cage
May 03, 2021

In this episode, we are joined by friend of the show Rachel Kuberry, who tells us all about the history of the baby cage and the historical importance of airing out babies. Why did these devices ever seem like a good idea and why did they fall out of f...

Episode 33: The Dark Origins of Birth Control
April 26, 2021

Birth control is ubiquitous in society today. It is so commonplace that we just refer to it as "the pill." But have you ever wondered how that pill came to be? Like many medical advances, its history is much darker than you may imagine.

Episode 32: Hospital Nurseries
April 19, 2021

Throughout visual media, there are countless examples of the big window looking over a room of newborn, swaddles babies. The hospital nursery is a sight that most people are familiar with, but has really only been around since the early 20th century.

Episode 31: Baby Wearing
April 14, 2021

If you are a 21st century mom you are probably familiar with the term baby wearing. It is very “in” right now, with wraps and carriers seen as not only functional, but also a fashion statement. Like many aspects of Western parenting,