All episodes of Above Average: The podcast for big families.
From car seats to caravans, from dinner time to bedtime, we’ve covered many topics that big families can relate to.
Dig in to each and every episode of the podcast here.
Kids pick up on more than adults think, especially when it comes to polarizing topics like the 2016 election.
Bobby and Lance are back! We talk about our families’ summer break, back-to-school time, job changes, and Epipens. Quite the grab bag, eh? We wanted to keep it light after taking a break, so this one’s a pretty chill show.
We chat with Pharmacist Matt Robinson. When it comes down to it, this episode is all about keeping your family safe and healthy, and saving time and money.
It’s time to fit some fitness into your life. Do it for you, your spouse, and your kids. #NoExcuses
Ever wondered what it would be like to be in a much bigger home? Or maybe a smaller one? Lance and Bobby share house stories and talk about how much space you really need.
Your relationship with your spouse is more important than your kids. In this episode, we dig into how and why this is a good thing for your entire family.
YouTuber Benji Travis joins Lance to talk about big family life, YouTube success with wife Judy, and what it takes to earn extra money online.
7 out of 10 children aren’t in their car seats properly. Even big families aren’t immune! In this episode, discover how and why to up your car seat game.
Ditch your resolutions, and instead learn how to actually accomplish what you want, and discover why it matters to your family.
Notes on frustrations and solidarity in big family parenting.
Making the most of the holidays with your big family.
We’ve broken down this topic into two parts: talking and doing. When you’ve got a bunch of kids, both are important!
Lance interviews author and speaker Jason Evert about the importance of teaching chastity to your children, especially when you have a big family.
We were recently asked by a listener: “When did you decide to have a big family?” And we’ve got easy answers! (Just kidding. Listen to get the full story!)
In this episode we discuss how Above Average families are a growing trend for the rich, and even seen as a status symbol of money and power in some circles.
Subliminal inflation has been sneaky trend for years, preying on the bank accounts of shoppers who don’t even know it exists. Learn how to find it and what you can do to overcome it.
Pope Francis has shared some inspiring and encouraging words for those of us with big families. On this episodes, we dig into why they mean so much.
Bobby and Lance talk about the how and why surrounding parents and the duty to raise children who know the value of personality responsibility.
Can you relate to ALL THE STUFF an Above Average family has? Is your garage and endless pile of children’s toys, bikes, and balls? Do you store it away? How much do you keep? Tune in to this episode to hear the guys discuss and offer practical tips and simple encouragement.
Find yourself dealing with work interruptions – when you’re not at work? Here are a few ways to make the best of it without driving your family crazy.
In this episode, we talk about a few fun fall family activities that will get you and your big crew enjoying the weather, smells, and tastes of the season.
In this episode, we talk about ways to win the bedtime race with your big family. (Protein bars are optional.)
Jenny Martin of Southern Savers, and a mother of five, joins Lance to discuss working from home while homeschooling your kids, what makes southernsavers.com tick, and of course how to save a ton of money for your big family by using easy-to-use methods.
If you already have a big family, you could write a “pro / con” list in a heartbeat. But an article we came across had a short list like this that was worth poking fun at.
One of the classic challenges with (or objections to!) a big family is lovingly giving all your kids individual attention. Here are some ways to fix that.
Let’s talk about the options you have when it comes to educating your big family. We look at the big three – Public Schools (free! close to home!), Private Schools (high quality! faith formation!), and Homeschooling (environment! flexibility!) – and share our experiences with each.
With lots of kids in your fam, who sleeps where in your house? With lots of kids, who sleeps where in your house? Who gets their own room? Do they make quadruple bunkbeds? When you’ve got an Above Average family, sometimes it’s complicated figuring out this stuff. Lance and Bobby cover all this and more in this episode. You can listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher, or in the player below: Photo by vastateparksstaff / CC BY...
LifePlan & leadership expert Chris LoCurto discusses how knowing your family’s and your own personality styles improves communication and strengthens bonds.
A pediatrician shares ways to improve doctor’s visits and much more. Dr. John Phillips with Owensboro Health in Owensboro, Kentucky sits down with Lance and discusses taking your big family to see the doctor (specifically cramming lots of bodies in a tiny room), the “screen time” problem, and the benefits he has seen kids experience when they have many siblings. One thing you won’t hear on the show is something you can only see here – this great image from a marketing campaign with Dr. John joined the Owensboro Health / OneHealth Pediatric Center team. John and his wife Holly have 3 wonderful kids, so they know what it’s like to have a “busy” household! Subscribe and listen to this episode on iTunes or Stitcher, or play it...
How to make your big family’s road trip a little better It’s summertime! And for many families that means some road tripping is about to go down. Lance and Bobby tackle a ton in this episode, from tips for trip planning to how to stay sane in the van (or – in some cases – bus), and from eating healthy on the road to dealing with digital devices while traveling. The podcast is live on iTunes now or you can play the episode below: In this episode we mentioned… Bobby and Kat’s favorite list app, Listary:...
What do Bill Murray, Elon Musk, and P. Diddy have in common? Big fams!
In this episode, we unpack a recent study from Ohio State University researchers that shows when it comes to preventing divorce in adulthood, the more siblings the better. This is BIG news for big families!
When you take your big ol’ family out to eat, is it an adventure or pure torture? In Episode 10, the guys discuss the pros and cons of taking a bunch of kids to fast food places and restaurants with table service. And if you listen all the way to the end and finish your food, you get to play on the play place! You can listen to the episode below, but we’d love it if you could subscribe. Don’t know how? Check this out: “How to listen to the show” Show notes: Bobby talked about Michi’s Ladder; Lance talked about Menchie’s Frozen...
Part 2 of the “*another* new baby” discussion. Lance and Bobby walk through some of their experiences with the hospital stay and the eventual return home with a new baby. You can listen to the episode below, but we’d love it if you would subscribe. Don’t know how? Check this out: “How to listen to the show”...
Your family’s already big. So, what’s it like when you add another baby to the mix? In the first part of a two-part series, Lance and Bobby go over some of the prep Above Average families do immediately before the new addition arrives. You can listen to the episode below, but we’d love it if you would subscribe. Don’t know how? Check this out: “How to listen to the show” Show notes: We talked about the “meal train” idea. Check out mealtrain.com, but let us know if you’d suggest any...
Can you relate to ALL THE STUFF an Above Average family has? Is your garage and endless pile of children’s toys, bikes, and balls? Do you store it away? How much do you keep? Tune it to this episode to hear the guys discuss and offer practical tips and simple encouragement. You can listen to the episode below, but we’d love it if you could subscribe. Don’t know how? Check this out: “How to listen to the show” Show notes: We discussed Bobby’s bike-rack-thing. See pictures here. You can check out this awesome DIY post with more instructions and photos on building something similar. Listen to this episode on iTunes or Stitcher, or in the player below: Photo by Kevin Utting / CC BY...
When you already have a lot of bodies in your home, what are some practical things to consider when you’re hosting even more bodies! In this episode the guys talk about some general ideas to consider when you have family or even another “Above Average” family from out of town coming to visit and stay with you! You can listen to the episode below, but we’d love it if you could subscribe. Don’t know how? Check this out: “How to listen to the show” Show notes: We mentioned our new Facebook page. If you get a sec, go “like” it. That date night we discussed? We spent some time on the pedestrian bridge in downtown Nashville. If you’re ever in town, check it out for some amazing views of the...
“Are those all yours?” asked the stranger at the grocery store as you maneuvered your brood through the aisles. “Oh my – *another* baby?!” said your mother-in-law after you revealed the big news. In this episode Lance and Bobby discuss catchphrases like these and share how they deal with the pressure society and relatives often put on a growing big family. We also talk about a rockin’ video from the Chapman family from North Carolina. Click here for the story, and here’s the...
Lance and Bobby are joined by their wives, Sarah and Katherine. They introduce themselves, discuss their roles in our big fams, and share some of their favorite “momma moments.“ Photo by Pete Unseth / CC...
Fresh air and sunshine is the best cure for restless kids. But kicking your kids outside and getting them involved in sports and extra-curriculars can be a little more challenging when it involves more people and large age...
What happens when you bring the party to, well, the party? We’ll explore the pros and cons, and some practical tips on how to (or to not) take over the party when you and your crew roll up to spend some time with a smaller family or kidless...
Episode 1! We start off by introducing co-host Bobby Ehrhardt. Then we dig in on this week’s topic: a little car talk. But as most big family folks will understand – it’s much more mini-van than muscle car. Finding cars for your big family isn’t impossible, but getting one that fits your budget and is practical to drive around town isn’t really a piece of cake. We’re here to...
A brief primer on Above Average: The podcast for big families. Host Lance Osborne shares some background and a little preview of what’s in store.