One Bad Mother Host Theresa Thorn on Career Shifts and Gender Exploration

Theresa Thorn on Atomic Moms

#223 - Theresa Thorn, host of the beloved “One Bad Mother” comedy podcast and mom of 3, joins us to celebrate her glorious new children’s book It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity, illustrated by Noah Grigni.

In this episode, Ellie geeks out over how Theresa has hosted over 300 episodes of One Bad Mother, how she keeps the love alive with her high-school sweetheart turned husband, American Public Radio show host and Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn, and all that she has learned exploring gender with her children, including her daughter who identifies as transgender and her son who loves everything B-O-Y.

I can’t wait for all of you to check out the sweetness that is: It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity.

Xx Ellie Knaus

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Crib Notes: Episode Research

Jesse and Theresa Thorn on Parenting a Gender Non-Conforming Child - SLATE

“One Bad Mother” Podcaster Explores Gender Identity in New Children’s Book - DAILY NEWS

Theresa Thorn Article for Mutha Magazine, “NBD, My Child Is Trans”  - MUTHA MAGAZINE

Getting Real About Parenting with the Hosts of “One Bad Mother” - SEATTLE’S CHILD

Theresa & Husband, Jesse Thorn, On Their Wedding Day - THE NEW YORK TIMES


Theresa Thorn is the co-host of the parenting humor podcast One Bad Mother and the co-author of You're Doing a Great Job! 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting. She lives in Los Angeles  with her husband Jesse, their three children (2, 5, and 7), and two scruffy dogs. It Feels Good to Be Yourself is her first book for children.

Check out Theresa’s children’s book “It Feels Good to Be Yourself” today!

Check out Theresa’s children’s book “It Feels Good to Be Yourself” today!

Pictured here: Theresa and Jesse Thorn and family. Theresa’s pictured enjoying some motherhood moments.


#188 - "Dr. Jo" aka Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, gives us the low down on gender identity, the unique challenges facing transyouth, ways we can support a more gender inclusive community, and our #1 responsibility as a parent.
xx Ellie Knaus