• Buster Brown

    I knew it wasn’t over for you! I knew you were on to bigger and badder things! I’m so glad I’ve stuck around all these years. I commute 90 mins a day, and can’t wait to add your podcast to my listening repertoire. Keep on rockin’, Heather!

  • Amy Davis

    This is the best news! I am crazy excited to listen.

  • https://napangel.wordpress.com/ Ann Pagel

    Oh my gosh. This is excellent. I am such a podcast junky.

  • jenstamper

    I’m a podcast junky so hooray! I’m also a single mom so another hooray! I’ve also got a fur baby and started using canidae dog food because of you so triple hooray lol.

  • REK981

    So exciting!!!

  • Tamara Tedd

    I too think this is awesome- podcasts are my go-to for long runs. Oddly, the ‘advance notice’ just now showed up in my inbox…. oh well I know 2x now…hooray!!

  • Amy G

    I think it should’ve been called “Juggling Balls”

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Doesn’t your ex also show up when you need to travel for extended trips, and respond quickly when eye doctor appointments go south? And more as mentioned on your blog. Doesn’t your family pitch hit when you need an extra set of hands? I am a widow–my husband died when my son was 13 —the responsibility that fell on my shoulders was overwhelming. And while long distance parenting is never ideal—you are a whole lot less alone than you think you are. You know what I miss most about my departed husband—not help with homework, or someone to sit next to at graduation…but having someone one on earth that loves my son as much as I do—as only a parent can. I lost that—I hope you hang on to it even if it doesn’t always meet your expectations. Good Luck with all your new ventures, they are sure to be successes–you are a hard worker and stick no matter what (gathering this from your blog from back to the days when Leta would not walk on the beach :-) )

  • canyonwren

    No hidden nannies. Snort. No, but you do (or did) have a personal assistant and an arsenal of sitters and family who care for the girls since you are away from your children far, far more than you are with them. Oh how I wish you had to spend an entire month (just one! Just for funsies!) with your children, actually being a single parent 24 hours a day. NO traveling, no sitters, no help. Oh, and you have to actually work an 8-5 job. Outside of the home. Millions, hell, billions of women are doing exactly that, every day Heather. And not fucking whining about it all over the internet.

  • Heather Armstrong

    That was a close second after recording the first episode. :)

  • Heather Armstrong

    Glad you signed up for the newsletter! There were some timing issues with iTunes that made the advance notice not as advance as I would have liked. Will fix that in the future.

  • Heather Armstrong


  • Heather Armstrong

    I see you thoroughly listened to the episode. Thank you.

  • Casey

    After I got the newsletter I listened to the first episode and really enjoyed it! Looking forward to hearing more and glad you are still telling your stories.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Did you listen to the episode? I happen to miss having an extra set of hands when it comes to homework, actually. We differ that way, I guess. And my kids have my mom in their lives, someone who loves them just as much as I do. She helps out as much as she can, but not even on a weekly basis. And no, since you asked, Jon hasn’t been to a single eye appointment for Marlo since he left and has watched them only once when I traveled. This really isn’t about expectations as it is about adjusting to a new reality and often fumbling my way through it. I know many women can relate. This isn’t a competition.

    I’m sorry about your husband, that’s tragic. And it’s sad that your son lost him as well. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been and continues to be for you. Thanks for the well wishes, and I only hope the same for you.

  • Heather Armstrong

    I love your “oh my gosh”! That made my day.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Seriously, thank you. We’ve worked really hard on this, and it feels like a natural extension of my storytelling. Hope you continue to listen!

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thank you! I hope you like it.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Hopefully this will make that commute a little less brutal! (I remember those from the days I lived and worked in LA) Really glad you’ve been here all these years. Hopefully you’ll continue to stop by.

  • Lauren3

    As I said in my email: fuck yeah, champ. xo

  • Lori Fazeli

    Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but I get the newsletter and am now listening to your March 2016 Spotify playlist. Thank you for making my afternoon paperwork less dreary!

  • http://www.letterseast.com/ Lindsay Beeson

    Just this: <3

  • sweettooth

    You’re accent is so much more southern than I had been hearing in my head all these years!
    Can’t wait to hear more episodes!

  • Renlish

    What happened to you is absolutely tragic, but please Katybeth – this is NOT a competition as to who has had a rougher trot over this single parenting gig. I think Heather is smart enough to be well aware that there are folks significantly worse off than herself. Everyone’s situations are both similar (in that you are single parents) and different (how that singleness came to be) – Heather is relating HER experience. It it no less and no more important significant than your own. It is just different – and just as hard in different ways.

  • Renlish

    I’m not a parent (unless you count the furbabies) but I’ve followed you from the start. Now I get you in podcast. Life is cool at the moment. And I’ll be refering my single-parent friends to this as well. :)

  • EmptyNester

    Loved this!! Was a single parent for many years. And a total single parent to my daughter for 11 years. We just made it to 18 and she’s off to college this summer. It’s bittersweet. Anyway, I loved this podcast and so happy you and John (with an ‘h’… Lol) are doing it. Wishing you much sucess!

  • Cat

    Loved the episode! I was looking for a new podcast, yay!

  • Sarah

    Ah, I am very excited to listen to this! I am a full time single mom by choice (meaning I started out that way) and he is 3 now. He brings me so much joy but it is also oh so challenging at times. I can use all the camaraderie and sharing I can get!

  • http://mamaintranslation.blogspot.com/ L – Mama(e) in Translation

    This is cool! I’m not one to do podcasts, but I LOOOOVE your blog & story-telling and I have a 75 minute commute (each way), so I will listen, yay! I actually signed up the moment I read your previous post (with my main email even, not the blog-related one), but I didn’t get the newsletter. :-( I’ll sign up again, there must have been some mistake, I guess. The best of luck with this new endeavor!
    P.S. just did it again, I guess I hadn’t received the confirmation email & clicked to confirm (although I remember doing it — can’t find the earlier one now).

  • h

    needed this

  • Dee

    I never understand how parents can rarely see their kids especially when they are young and change so quickly. To lose all that time with them is so sad. If I divorced I could never live far away from my kids and only see them on every second holiday. Your Ex is missing out on so much and he will never get that time back with his girls.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    No I have not listened to the episode, my bad. But I did read the post. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with missing an extra pair of homework hands. I didn’t ask about Jon and the eye appointment you mentioned calling him after an especially difficult appointment with Marlo in another post. I guess we can agree that parenting is hard work single or married. Heck, I’ll admit that sometimes I thought it would be easier to go it alone when my husband was alive. Competition. No it is not. Where did that come from? The reason I mention my husband was not to play the dead dad/husband card but to perhaps point out that a long distance ex that shows up the best that he can is more helpful than you might imagine. I am sure you will help a lot of women adjust to their new reality and many women will agree with you.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Competition? No it’s not. I was relating my experience from my point of view. Which is what comments are for, right? I am suggesting that from how Heather has described her life, and her relationship with her girls she might be overlooking or underestimating one of her support systems.

  • http://bumparella.blogspot.com.au/ Michelle Barraclough

    I loved listening to your gorgeous podcast this morning in Sydney as I squeezed eleventy billion domestic chores and work deadlines into the ever-shrinking hours between 9am and 3pm when I then throw child related stuff into the mix (What? You people expect to be fed AGAIN?). It was really warm and engaging, alternately hilarious and poignant. Well done!
    I have a husband and he helps around the house BUT the vast majority of the domestic/childcare load falls on me, as it does most women. I can’t even imagine doing the whole lot 24/7 solo so I absolutely feel for you Heather. Physically, emotionally, financially and in every other way, it is punishing.
    Two things came to mind as I listened. Firstly, Melinda Gates’ recent letter regarding the inequitable unpaid domestic load that falls on women, particularly the line that this load on women “robs them of their potential”. I feel that keenly and I felt you do too. Yes I adore my children and yes I chose this life, but good grief, the things I could be doing for myself, my community, my society, my creative life, if only I was sharing that additional 10.5 hours of unpaid domestic work that women, on average, do over and above men each week.
    Secondly, remember, this too shall pass. It’s not forever, it’s just for now. I know that sounds so cliche but, having helped raise three stepchildren before having my own, I now see that bit by bit, year by year, they draw away from you and exponentially, you claw back time for yourself and that is, well, effing bloody wonderful! (Unless you have more children. Note to self: don’t have more children!

  • davanita

    Hi Heather! I’m a parent only to dogs, not humans, but I have been a longtime reader of your site and am such a huge fan. It might be the first time I will be hearing your voice and how you speak and only now do I get what you mean when you make fun of your accent. I never realized “balls” can be spoken with 4 syllables LOL

    I enjoyed the podcast and will continue to listen even though I’m not really the target market :)

  • Denise Webber

    I don’t normally listen to podcasts, something about people talking with no visual accompaniment just turns me right off, however I love your accent, so Ill give yours a go.

    My ex left me when mu kids were 8 and 5, he then moved straight away to another state and my kids only saw him two-three times a year for about 15 days all up, the visits tapered off as they got older as it was made abundantly clear to them by their new stepmother that she resented even the small amount of time they spent with their dad.

    He never stood up to her over this and as a result his relationship with them both is strained and distant, they rarely talk to him, and his opinions about their life choices are not welcome. I find it so sad that he threw away their unconditional love when they were kids to keep his at the time, girlfriend happy.

  • mthurricane

    I personally think you should write/podcast about time management! I don’t know how you do it all? You don’t make it look easy – which is refreshing, real and usually even a bit (or alot) funny – but you DO it. Kudos m’lady.

  • meg

    Why are people so mean?

  • Amy G

    Oh, and I love your accent, too. It sounds very much like my own. I enjoyed the podcast!

  • Kristen M

    Thank you for this. I’ve been missing your stories. A reader since 2005, I was suffering from withdrawal. I signed up for the newsletter and was happy to see the invite to do so. I’ve got two children, 6 and 3, and a husband and two sets of retired grandparents (we have the only two grandchildren on both sides) that live within 10 miles of us. It’s STILL hard. (Maybe I’m just really bad at this.) I have no idea how you do it. NO IDEA. I’m glad to hear you telling the story. Kudos from this fan in Louisiana. All of the love and support to you – all that’s not too weird from a stranger far, far away.

  • Hillary Hyde

    Hi Heather! I listened to your manic rambling spiral and enjoyed it. I first found you (and Dooce) back in 2004 when I became a solo parent upon the sudden death of my partner (my son’s father). I felt so alone, and had a 3 year old, so I spent a lot of time on the web in the evenings for company. That was a different time in the blogosphere. I worked in early intervention back then, and have loved watching Leta grow up into the fine young person she is now. I also have worked with divorced families for the past 20 years. So, I have spent the last 20 or so years in my professional life, and then the last 13 years of my personal life, thinking about and talking with parents who are doing this on their own to one degree or another, with more or less challenges to their parenting along the way. And, now I am a professor teaching about family law and social policy, and families and stress. There is so much to say on this topic! I really wanted to be able to pick up a phone and have a conversation with you about this. Actually many conversations about this, because the words we use in these discussions really influence how we think about parenting on our own. I guess that is what this podcast will be about. I would LOVE to be able to talk with you about what I have learned, and continue to learn, about this as I live it and look at it from multiple perspectives. Guest speaker? Can you (and John) and I have a conversation or two? Keep it in mind….. Thanks – Hillary

  • Marissa

    Raising children is difficult in all circumstances, there is no trophy for winning the misery Olympics! Sharing your struggle – or “whining” — and humor helps us all, no matter our personal stories. I’m a full time litigation attorney, divorced, and have 3 kids (15, 6 and 4) that spend 85% of their time with me. Getting through the day-to-day, EVERY SINGLE DAY, is exhausting. I’m looking forward to hearing your voice and feeling a little less alone. Thank you!

  • KateMc

    Heather! This is wonderful news! I recently discovered the wonderful world of podcasts – and have now subscribed to yours! Can’t wait to have you narrate my commute! :-)

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thank you, Hillary. We would LOVE to have you on the show. If you send an email to stories at manic ramblings for com (or go here: http://www.manicramblings.com/contact/) we would love to be in touch. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

  • Sarah Nicole

    I now see why there is a huge podcast trend and people are constantly talking about being addicted to podcasts. Love the synergy and conversation and banter between you two, Heather and JoHn. :) I’m looking forward to episode 2!

  • Andrea

    I have been a reader for a long time and it was so nice to actually “hear” you tell a story vs. reading it, just a totally different feel. I can now sort of understand when you’re talking in all caps in the blog haha. It’s so awesome you’re sharing more of your story, let’s face it, that’s what keeps us all coming back. Thank you for being you and being so honest, I’m sure this wasn’t easy! Can’t wait for the next episode!

  • https://napangel.wordpress.com/ Ann Pagel

    :) I listened to the first episode. I loved listening to your conversation … you and John are a good fit for a podcast team. I’m looking forward to the next episode.

  • Jessica Cecil Rogers

    I used to follow you religiously, back when I made time to read blogs and update my own. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this today and that you gave me a full synopsis of what I’ve missed in a nutshell. Can’t wait to listen and I’m so sorry about Chuck :-( That shatters my soul a bit; he’s one of the pets I just assumed would outlive us all. Goodness he brought happiness to millions, though.

  • Denise Wallace

    I’ve been very glad that you write on your blog occasionally and I’m thrilled to hear about your podcast. I mostly wanted to write to say how thankful I am that you introduced me to Canidae dog food – I swear is has had a huge impact on my 10 year old Peke Lilly who is truly one of the lights of our life. While a pet may not technically be a child, ours is our baby. And as we very recently just lost one of our children, we are clinging to this little angel even more.

  • LY

    What would destroy me about your situation is how sad my child would be if her father moved away from her to be with someone else (and her kids — ouch!). I’ll probably be back to listen to more, partly because of your lovely speaking voice and enchanting accent, but it will feel like an unhealthy curiosity about someone else’s hard times. And given the phenomenal success of your blog, it’s hard for me to understand why the cost of childcare is an issue, and I can let you know that as a person of very modest means, it was off-putting as a complaint.