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The Friday Five - 09/06/19

Welcome to the Marriage and Martinis’ Friday Five!

5) “Eat The Frog” 

When my 13-year-old daughter started her executive functions coaching sessions with Beyond Book Smart, she talked about “eating the frog” which I later found out was actually a term they use to do the hardest, most stressful assignment first when starting homework in order to get it out of the way rather than having it linger over them. Once a kid “eats the frog,” everything else will go down much more smoothly, so to speak, because they won’t be dreading the hardest part. And guess what? It works! I’ve even started doing this with housework and it’s a game-changer! For more helpful back to school and homework tips and strategies, make sure you listen to our recent podcast episode, Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okaywith executive functions coach, Michael Delman.

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On top of all the helpful insight Michael Delman gives us during the episode, his company is offering Marriage and Martinis’ listeners a deal that when you book 5 Beyond Book Smart executive function coaching sessions, they’ll give you the sixth one for free! When signing up, head to and put in promo code M&M to get that sixth session for free. If you have a kid who is struggling to get organized, motivated, or just needs a boost, it is worth it! P.S. - They do coaching via skype, and it’s awesome.

3) Welcome To Hollywood!

We’ve already released two of the episodes from our recent trip to Los Angeles, and the feedback has been awesome! Both of these episodes are so much fun, and I love that Adam was surrounded by strong, fierce and unapologetic women. I must say, he held his own pretty well, but don’t tell him I said that. Listen to our episode with Jodie Sweetin and Celia Behar to hear all about how we feel about friendships with people of the opposite sex and what are absolute “deal-breakers” in our relationships. Our episode with Jamilah and Erica of Good Moms, Bad Choices was so much fun, too. I reveal my connection to The Menendez Brothers, Adam and I finally find out WTF “The Valley” is, and we talk all about trying to be open-minded parents and how it is not always easy to discuss the uncomfortable stuff with our kids.

2) Monogamy and More

This Monday’s episode will be an hour long bitching session about how I’m pissed I didn’t have more sexual partners. (Kidding! Sort of). Adam and I dig into monogamy, why we love it and why we hate it, and Adam gets all scientific on me, in total Adam fashion. This episode is fun, informative, and completely relatable, in my opinion. Once again, we’re going where no couple has gone before, and things just might get a bit out of hand. But then again, when does that not happen? Make sure you are subscribed wherever your podcasts to be the first to listen on Monday morning.

1) Date Night (or Girls’ Night Out) Questions: The “Losing Our Sense of Self” episode:

  • Do you feel like you and your partner do a good job of fostering each other’s independence? How so and how not?

  • What hobbies do you think you would pursue if you had more time to yourself?

  • If you’re a parent, how hard of a time do you think you’ll have adjusting to life after the kids leave, both as individuals and as a couple?

  • Do you ever picture what life would be like if you had decided not to have a family? What do you think it would look like?


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