Our Parents Did What?!

Our Parents Did What?!


Latest Episodes

Episode 12: The Baby Thief
May 18, 2020

Ok everybody - buckle up. On this week’s episode we explore something a little sinister: babies being stolen from their mothers and sold on the black market by a woman you’ve probably never heard of. Until now. Cue today’s topic,

Episode 11: The Little Albert Experiment
May 05, 2020

John B. Watson and his infamous Little Albert Experiment may be little more than a footnote in the history of parenting and childrearing. But they are a fascinating and important one. Jen presents her research into the psychologist she most loves to ha...

Episode 10: Parenting Advice
April 28, 2020

Have you ever tried to find the perfect book to help you cope with the shear terror that is parenthood. Yeah, we've been there, too! In this episode, Diane takes us through the many different eras and styles of parenting advice books.

Bonus Episode: OPDW Live – Fairy Tale Cannibals
April 25, 2020

It's our first ever live episode! Listen in as Jen and Diane host this special bonus episode on Instagram Live. The ladies go over some of the most famous and beloved fairytales from their childhood, specifically the ones that feature cannibalism. Yum!

Episode 9: Nickelodeon
April 13, 2020

Ah, the sweet memories of running home after school to catch your favorite cartoon on what may be the most iconic children’s television network of all time: Nickelodeon. In today’s episode, Jen & Diane dig into the history of non-educational children’s...

Episode 8: Pox Parties
March 30, 2020

This week, we're taking a look at a slightly more recent practice: the pox party! There are plenty of people alive today who have been to one. Jen gives some history on pox parties, their modern day equivalents,

Episode 7: The Incubator Babies of Coney Island
March 16, 2020

It's hard to imagine there was ever a time in our history when we lacked the tiny incubators designed for premature babies that we see in the NICU nowadays. We have a man named Dr. Couney and his turn of the century amusement park side-shows to thank ...

Episode 6: Knucklebones
March 02, 2020

Jen set out to provide a brief history into children's toys, but quick discovered what a foolish plan that had been. The wealth of information on any one toy is astounding! So Jen dug into one of the most foundational children's games - knucklebones.

Episode 5: The Tooth Fairy
February 17, 2020

Of all the mythical figures we know and love, the Tooth Fairy seems to have the most elusive backstory. Where did she come from, and why the heck do we put our teeth under our pillows for her to find?! Thankfully,

Episode 4: Clothing
February 03, 2020

Run Time: 32 minutes, 23 seconds The history of children’s clothing leads Jen and Diane to some unexpected places. They learn about the practice of breaching and how fashion was used as a way to show male dominance.