One Bad Mother Episode 60: Teething, plus guest Ellen Harper

One Bad Mother
Ellen Harper

Biz and Theresa talk about teething and back up the discussion with so many scientific facts that we consider having the show recategorized from comedy to science. Note: "facts" stated by Biz and Theresa may not be true / may make you less smart.

Plus, Theresa advises you to never leave before the raffle, and Biz gets weird about a comment on last week’s show. We're joined by singer-songwriter Ellen Harper to talk about the new album Childhood Home, which is a collaboration with her son Ben Harper.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Learn It All Again Tomorrow, Ben Harper/Ellen Harper, Childhood Home (, also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans


Adult Teeth Coming In and Pain

I just wanted to comment that, while I don't remember most of my permanent teeth coming in I do remember my wisdom teeth causing me to run a low-grade fever for 3+ days when they finally came in. I had also gone through several weeks of intermittent aching and pain as they were trying to come in. None of my wisdom teeth were not impacted and there was plenty of room for them in my mouth which is why I didn't have to have them pulled, but it gave me a lot of sympathy for babies teething. At 18 or 19 I was old enough to understand what was happening, but it wasn't very much fun!

Sophie and turnips

When I worked at a children's store a toy called Sophie was super popular. It's a cute little rubber giraffe made out of completely safe materials and for some reasons kids completely love them. A friend of mine's daughter was also super into turnips as a baby, so when she was teething my friend would freeze turnips and then give them to her to chew on. I assume this would be a good thing to do with any of your kids favourite foods. Always worth a try!

Amber necklaces and other such nonsense

The amber necklaces are (and I realize I'm walking into a firestorm) are beyond nonsense. There is zero evidence that they do anything, and the only decent research on them suggests that any implausible benefit they might provide is vastly outweighed by the choking and/or strangulation hazard. My sister-in-law got one for my nephew who is 6 weeks older than my child, and I did my research because I had never heard of it before. There is zero reason to believe that old tree sap does anything, let alone when in contact to another part of the body entirely. They're just magic healing crystals for children. That they could choke on.