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Should I Homeschool?



E83 – During this quarantine shutdown time, many parents are faced with educational decisions for their kids including whether or not to homeschool. This is a conversation with Joelle’s childhood friend Ali, a former teacher and homeschooler of five kids here in California since 2004. She has a great perspective on the benefits and what it takes to homeschool, and talks Mouse through the whole process from her point of view. We cover why she chose to homeschool, whether to go with independent, private, or charter school education, her thoughts on ages and behaviors that are a good fit for homeschooling, which curriculum to choose, whether to use old school papers and books versus digital tools and computers, what is HSLDA and why it’s crucial, being under an umbrella school, filing a homeschool affidavit, hiring a teacher to oversee your paperwork and keep you accountable and on track, what a homeschool calendar and schedule looks like with grades, test-taking, field trips, outdoor learning, vacations, and structure, socialization and when it’s time for the kids to join outside classes, co-ops, or go back to public school, how to do science labs, language classes, SATs, taking junior college classes for credits, being on a 4-year college track, and what universities really think of homeschoolers.
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Song Credit: “Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold
Voice Actor: Matt Thompson as Hank Hill
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Teachers Back to School



E81 – After catching up with how our summer quarantine single-lives vs mom-lives are going, we jump into an insightful conversation with Jennifer Campbell Martin, a 20-year middle school teacher in Long Beach, California. We get an educator’s point of view of what going back to school might look like, and are interested to hear about what the plans might be. Virtual learning vs on-campus? Will kids wear masks? How will schools do class time and rotations? Where will they eat lunch? Are teachers as anxious as parents? There are so many factors to consider, so we break it all down bit by bit. This is a fun, lighthearted but poignant conversation that will get all the gears moving as we get closer to back-to-school. What to do?!
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Song Credit: “Robot Kids” by Julianne Eggold, guitar by Dan Mahony
Podcast shoutout: Unpredictably Us
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Fourteen is a Rollercoaster



E59 – We recorded most of this episode while spending a day at the Southern California amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm with Mouse’s 14-year-old and his buddy. Hear our interview with them about video games, restrictions, thoughts on bullying in high school, and what might be going on in the mind of a school shooter. They break down current rap styles and rappers for Weens as she lists off her favorites from the 90’s. And even though we are forgetful and say words like brawn and gams, we were pleasantly surprised that these sweet kids wanted to hang out with us! Mouse tells a story about high school football and marching band, and we jump into our theme park memories of boy crushes. Weens – what a heartbreaker!
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Song credit: “Punch Drunk Weens” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold
Podcast Promo: Movie Drone Podcast


Mouse Doggy Dog You Need a Jobby Job



E58 – Weens talks work on Warner Brothers hit show The Rookie and Mouse discusses writing her garden book. How do you reset goals and hit new writing deadlines? We get talking about first jobs as Mouse’s son starts to save up money. Guess who was the babysitter, camp counselor, telemarketer, candy shop girl, frozen yogurt jerk, urgent care receptionist, and bowling alley waitress?  It wasn’t all work either with motorcycle rides, whipped cream huffs, office looting, bomb threats to Treasure Island, and lying about lobsters. We sidetrack to discuss Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and agree that the Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt characters, and the Manson Ranch scene, is scarily reminiscent of a strange summer in our childhood during which our dad trained to be a stuntman at the artist colony Zorthian Ranch, full of nude models and pig pens. Hear a list of friends’ and listeners’ first jobs and enjoy this funny, weird little trip down memory lane.

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Song credit: “Jolene Mouse and Weens” by Dan Mahony and Julianne Eggold
Podcast Promo: Ready to be Petty


The Lazy Teacher Episode Swap



E29 – We hang out with an awesome teacher, podcaster, and friend – Brian Pawlowski of The Lazy Teacher Podcast – in our first ever episode swap! No subjects are off limits as we talk about Weens’ dating life, music, parents vs teachers, school gardens, kids’ nutrition, and all sorts of goofy, giant topics. Enjoy this fun one and please be sure to follow The Lazy Teacher Podcast for Brian’s insight into education, parenting, passion, and life! He’s a good egg! thelazyteacherpodcast.com Song credit: “Giant Friends” by Weens.


Mole, Mule, Mole, Mule



E27 – Mouse explains her family’s Jewish side – the non bar mitzvah birthday campout and the non bris bris. Is 13 a man? Technology, coddling, and helicopter parenting might be to blame. Free range parenting is getting pushback in Mouse’s community probably because of the past small town murders. We talk crime and burglaries, and Weens tells her stolen bike story, ending with a flurry of 80s George confusion!  We remember a family camping trip and get into why men on our dad’s side are solitary – artsy Grizzly Adams or anxiety? Weens tells another hilarious work story, we do some car talk, and get into shame cleaning. Mouse knows new moms are notorious for this! Mouse is balancing her mini midlife crisis needing to go out and party, with working in the school garden, and we give props to all the teachers out there taking care of our kids. Please tell your friends about us. We would love some word of mouth support! www.MouseAndWeens.com
Music credit: “Balzoo” by Weens


Sex Ed in Schools



E21 – Puberty, BO and penis, oh my. Mouse’s kids are going through sex ed in their health classes so we hear what they have to say. The twelve year old also talks about a transgender student and Mouse relates community concerns. We recall our own sex ed schooling and compare memories and PMS patterns. Join in to discuss parent porn fears and how you learned where babies come from.


Tonsils or panic attacks, Adam Sandler, Weens dude update, Europe trip, school gardens



Ep7 – We talk snoring and getting a tonsillectomy, wondering if it is an air quality issue from the Los Angeles smog or if it is a panic attack. Is LA at the center of depression, anxiety, headaches, and issues needing medication? Is it the fast-paced lifestyle and the traffic? Weens lives in the Glendale and Los Feliz area on the east side and tries not to work at Fox or Sony Studios which is too far away. Weens tells a story about….
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…being at Sony Studios at the Happy Madison offices with her guy Adam Sandler! She likes that look – the nice New York Jewish boy. She tells a story about an ex boyfriend and divulges that she is 6’1”. We talk about Weens’ long-distance guy that she’s dating, and discuss ghosting. Travel talk, gastrointestinal talk, and camera talk ensue. Hear stories about Angelo Moore from Fishbone who was singing in the Celebrating David Bowie tour at two venues, the musical director Scrote (Angelo Bundini) who she worked with at the Wiltern with Sting, ​Gavin Rossdale, and Joe Elliot of Def Leppard. Shooting concerts has led to interest from music video and documentary industry people, and Weens continues to film shows even abroad. She flew to the Netherlands and Berlin meeting the son of the Roxanne singer, Joe Sumner. Mouse finds out many indecent facts about being on a tour bus including what is The Bag of Shame. David Bowie’s bandmates Adrian Belew and Mike Garson had stories to tell, even one including Bono from U2. told a lot of fun stories. We segue to Weens peeling out of work for Last Man on Earth scouting avocado orchards in Simi Valley. She feels bad for being excited to leave work. Mouse agrees and gets into school gardening talk. The elementary school where she volunteers started a farm to table program and feeds into the school lunches. We talk about food balance, healthy vs packaged snacks, and eating habits, disorders, and food issues. Is it better or worse to prohibit things like carbs or milk? Weens gets into her thoughts on being a vegetarian and we get a little heated discussing animal rights and the environment vs pediatrician recommendations.  (Enter Chris Pratt!) Hear the first throes of Weens’ road rage which gets us talking about the autobahn and our trips to Germany and Bavaria during Oktoberfest. We wrap it up while watching the Charles Manson orgy ranch go during Weens ride home. Good ol’ Southern California!

 


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Ep1 – Meet Mouse in suburbia and Weens in Hollywood. Re-recorded in October 2020. Hear our funny, embarrassing archived first episode only available on Patreon