Ep 29: Santa, Parenting, Anxiety, Family, and the Holiday Blues.

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Andy, Joleen, and Alex talk Santa Claus and the pressure put on parents around the holidays. Speaking of being parents, Andy and Joleen talk about the anxiety surrounding deciding when, if, or how to have kids and the pressures we face. We also talk gift giving, traveling, and tips for managing the holiday blues. And so much more!

We wish you all the happiest of holidays and we thank you for listening and supporting us. WE LOVE YOU! And be sure to share on Facebook with us, or in the comments: When and how did you find out Santa wasn’t real?


Gifts Ideas For People Living With Anxiety: https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Gifts-People-Anxiety-42615077

Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2015/Tips-for-Managing-the-Holiday-Blues

Joleen and Andy dive into these articles, riff, share experiences and get really silly. We hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think, and if you’d like more episodes like this please consider joining our Patreon and supporting our podcast here: https://www.patreon.com/dealwithitpodcast


“I mean come on, why does Santa get all the credit?”

“I blinked and I’m 37.”

“If I could be an author I would for sure pop out a couple puppies and hey let’s party!”

“Kids can help you realize what really matters.”

“Soda water with lime and a splash of cranberry juice!”

“I’ve never even thought of setting a budget! I usually just spend money until I’m done shopping…”

“It’s interesting running into people during the holidays that you’ve blocked on Facebook.”


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One thought on “Ep 29: Santa, Parenting, Anxiety, Family, and the Holiday Blues.

  1. Jolene,
    Just my two cents about the parenting thing. I think you answered your own questions when you said that you would have kids in a minute if you had the money. I have never wanted kids and that wouldn’t change regardless of if I had money or the perfect life or any other reason. People like myself, unfortunately, will still have kids just because society says you should. I think that is wrong for everyone involved, however, it appears to me that you truly do want kids but you are just nervous as to when it should happen. I think that if you really want kids then you should just do it and let things fall into place as they are meant to.
    Just some unsolicited advice from a Non Mom dedicated listener 😉

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