Our Ex Life
By Serge Bielanko & Monica Bielanko
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Serge Bielanko and Monica Bielanko share tales from their divorce and its aftermath as they struggle to coparent three small children while living four-doors-down from each other.
||ExplicitThe End of the Year||Serge and Monica reflect on lessons learned in 2017 and answer your questions. Photo: Alice Teeple||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Seriously Divorced Christmas||Wherein Serge and Monica discuss the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhen You're Smiling||As Serge turns 46, he and Monica reflect on life in your forties and what it all means.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitYou Can't Divorce The Dog||Max was so much more than a pet. Monica and Serge reflect on the magic their dog brought to their marriage and how he forever transformed them.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPass The Pumpkin Pie||Splitting holidays when you're a divorced parent is one of the worst things about ex life. Serge and Monica talk about the difficulties of co-parenting during the holidays and how they're spending Thanksgiving.||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFeast Or Famine||Serge and Monica discuss the difficulties of being a solo parent with three young children and no one to back you up as well as how equally awful it feels when the kids are with the other parent and you're left alone.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTricky Orbits||Serge tells Monica he has a girlfriend, his first since their divorce. They attempt to podcast in the wake of the girlfriend conversation and it doesn't go so well.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Doors Down||Ex-spouses, Serge and Monica, talk about how they came to live four doors down from each other and the pros and cons of their unique, divorced living situation.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I thought this was going to be a rambling mess. But I thought the production value was quite good, the insights spot on and the mix of Monica and serge talking, the individual monologues and the music all around awesome. Piercing truths mixed in with humor and joy and the bitter sweet. This really worked. I want more. You should both be proud of yourselves.
As someone who's been married for 27 years, I didn't know if any of this would resonate with me. It does. Navigating life, kids, relationships, living with another human being, pop culture....the stuff that makes life worth living and exhausts you at the same time is all here presented honestly and humorously.
I reached out to Monica a while back because I’m also a divorced mom who has a relationship with her ex that is hard and confusing and ultimately for the kids. She was lovely in response and I loved hearing her here. Serge is just as great and intense over a podcast as you’d expect if you’ve read his writing before coming here. Your kids will love hearing this one day and know what great parents they have. Good job, guys.