Moms can get a lot done in 10 minutes, from prepping for a Zoom call while simultaneously changing a diaper to walking the dog, pushing the stroller, potty training a toddler, and calling it time to yourself. However you conquer your day, these podcasts for moms will make it a little easier to whistle while you work. Keep reading for the best podcasts for women to subscribe to, now.
On this podcast, you can listen to conversations between reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra Sacks and her patients, who are mothers, as they dive into issues ranging from reconciling the way they were raised and the way they are raising their own kids to how to co-parent with an alcoholic ex. It's a podcast about sharing secrets, setting down your burdens and lightening your load, and her topics vary so widely that sooner or later, you're bound to stumble upon some of your own baggage. Listen here on iTunes.
Mother-daughter co-hosts Marti and Erin Erickson tackle the issues of motherhood—from confronting the daily grind to balancing work and family to untangling the big questions of how society values mothering—through expert eyes. Erin is a nurse practitioner with a Master’s in Public Health, and her mother Marti holds a Ph.D. and is a world-renowned expert in child development and children’s mental health. Their guests help them take a research-based approach on dissecting the hardest aspects of motherhood. Listen here on iTunes.
Experiencing Motherhood Single & Black
In 2017, Kim, a 28-year-old single mom, had graduated from college, dropped both her full-time and part-time job and was looking for a podcast to help give her insight on how to raise her precocious daughter. She found many podcasts for single moms, but none specifically for single millennial moms of color. Thus, Experiencing Motherhood Single & Black was born. Kim wanted to share her story and, hopefully, help other young moms in her position. Topics include everything from parenting during the pandemic to homebuying for single moms to becoming a single mom after domestic violence.
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
"Not-so-great-relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types." Celeb mom Anna Faris gets real about the reality of parenting, relationships and more. Recent episodes include talking to real moms discussing co-parenting strategies with their exes to hosting fellow celebs to talk about parenting, marriage and more. Subscribe here via iTunes.
Big Little Choices
"Big Little Choices is a podcast that gives women an avenue to share stories of identity and motherhood." Sri Bodanapu is your mom host of this judgment-free parenting podcast. Each episode features one mother’s story, her struggle with a particular familial situation, and how she came to a decision that worked for her family—regardless of whether it was the norm or not. Listen on iTunes here.
The Longest Shortest Time
Calling itself "the parenting show for everyone," journalist Hillary Frank shares "stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them." Winner of the 2018 Webby Award for Best Kids & Family Podcast, each episode runs about 30 to 45 minutes in length and is super-approachable. And, while the last episode was recorded in December 2019, you can still revel in the backlog of episodes, which are all timeless enough not to matter when they were recorded. Listen here on iTunes.
Fare of the Free Child
If you're a mom of color and you're interested in alternative parenting methods including homeschooling, slow schooling, unschooling, or if you're looking for sources on conscious parenting, this is a great place to start. Conversations touch on everything from toxic parenting habits to decolonizing activism and raising LGBTQ children of color.
Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books
Zibby Owens, mother of four, interviews and chats with authors about their work, so busy people (taking care of younger people) can listen in and get the inside scoop. Owens asks questions about how being a mother might enhance or inhibit a writer's process, in addition to giving a solid peek into the books you'd most want to read—if you could only find the time. Listen here on iTunes.
Your Parenting Mojo
In a nutshell, host Jen Lumanlan presents "research-based ideas to help kids thrive" in each episode. A mom herself, Jen owns up to her own lack of parenting instincts, but, as she says herself, she makes "up for it with outstanding research skills." Show topics like forest schools vs. regular schools, the 30-million word gap and growth mindsets for kids, there's a lot to take in for nerdy, research-loving parents. Get it on iTunes here.
What Fresh Hell: Laughing In the Face of Motherhood
Comedic duo Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables dish up personal stories that are fortified with structure and research in each episode, which means each episode blossoms from anecdotal to thoughtful discussion without leaving you feeling like you just got trapped by another look-how-cute-smart-funny-my-kid-is neighbor. One recent episode explores the regressions our kids may be showing during the strangeness of the COVID-`19 era, which leads to a broader discussion of how we all manage during times of stress, and then tops it off with a guest child development specialist to weigh in on the matter. Listen on iTunes here.
Hosted by Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks, this podcast offers a fast-paced, smart dive into the parenting topics and trends du jour. Look for episodes like "How to be a bare minimum parent" and "A professional organizer’s top back-to-school organizational tips for the real world." Liz and Kristen offer a ton of practical, actionable tips for moms of all stripes. Listen on iTunes here.
Weekly Dose of BS
The Real Housewives of Dallas moms Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman—the B and S of the podcast's title—co-host this fast and loose new podcast that gives fans just that little bit of extra to their popular Bravo TV show. Weekly Dose of BS covers a little bit of everything, centered on parenting, #momlife and more. Listen on iTunes here.
—Shelley Massey with Keiko Zoll
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