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Parenting, right? Whooooh! Already tired and it’s barely even breakfast. Parenting is the thing that people have always done and yet no one knows how to do. The good news is, it’s worth it. The other good news? You’ve got backup.
We live in an age when parents of all backgrounds can dish up their stories, insights, theories and--most importantly--laughs about how to figure it out along the way. Because kids, unlike high powered machinery, or anything else dangerous and difficult to manage, don’t come with a user’s manual. Here are my picks for the best parenting podcasts to keep you going.
Not feeling light and fluffy today about the magical task of mothering? Take a break, stop trying so hard, and have a laugh about it with One Bad Mother – because none of us are perfect.
Switch on to conscious parenting with Sandra Fazio. She shares from her experience, as well as from the teachings of The Conscious Parent author Dr. Shefali Tsabary.
On the Best Podcasts list for both The Atlantic in 2017 and TIME in 2015, it’s ‘the parenting show for everyone’ about the sometimes ridiculous task of offspring rearing.
“The Longest Shortest Time tells diverse stories about the surprises and absurdities of family, with the goal of helping parents and kids to feel less alone,” says show host Andrea Silenzi.
This award winning podcast is the brainchild of a couple of cool moms (also the bloggers at CoolMomPicks) with down to earth common sense and matter of fact humor.
Slate’s official parenting podcast explores topics like teen sleepovers, parenting while depressed, and whether or not grandma has the right to give herself a ridiculous nickname.
Tune in for the informative, easygoing, silly and sometimes vulnerable conversations between Lynette Carolla and Sippy Cups are Not For Chardonnay author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
These weekly musings of a ‘spiritual and emotional mom’ and a ‘logical and practical dad’ are geared to help you nurture a sense of compassion at the core of your parenting.
According to co-host Cathy Adams, “Our overall mission is to create conversations to encourage self-awareness, mindfulness, compassion, and connection.”
Hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids altogether, and are here to offer insights and laughs on parenting preschoolers to teenagers.
THe Modern Dads Podcast tells the stories of guys who take an active, involved role in the joys and woes of raising their children, and examines their struggles to balance work, life, and everything else.
"With The Modern Dads Podcast, we are welcoming active and engaged dads and moms into conversations about the decisions, the drudgery, the pain, and the joy of parenthood,” says Matt Schneider, co-founder of City Dad’s Group. “We talk about the issues modern men, dads, and families are facing as we try to navigate work, parenthood, relationships, and play."
Host Janet Lansbury, author of No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame, addresses listeners' issues based on a philosophy of respectful parenting.
Pediatrician and ‘America’s Mom’ Dr. Meg Meeker talks with experts and parents alike, addressing real-life issues with hope and encouragement.
Two stand-up comedians based in the UK take a not-at-all-bashful look at the many topics we’d like to avoid, but as parents we have to face.
Irish broadcaster Seán Moncrieff has a weekly chat with a parenting expert and child psychologist, answering questions sent in by their listeners.
Providing practical tips to empower new parents, Parent Savers tackles topics like picky eating, raising multilingual kids, and keeping your children internet safe.
Progressive Parenting is about making informed decisions. To that end, Gena Kirby hosts conversations with midwives, doctors, authors, and other experts to help keep you aware.
Join author and life coach Andrea Bogue (9 Ways We're Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop: A Guide to Helping Girls Reach Their Highest Potential) and her comedian husband Joe Sib as they take on difficult parenting questions in easy-to-listen-to ways.
Tackling daily damage control is a little bit easier with the zany insights of Natasha Daniels who will help you figure out how to navigate overwhelm.
In a parenting guide for the digital age, expert in family technology, Rebecca Levey, joins writers Andrea Smith and Amy Oztan to explore how to raise a child amidst the screens and apps.
Host Tara Kennedy-Kline is the kind of irreverent mom you want to have a cocktail with. Join her for a fun and ‘refreshingly real’ look at pop culture, hot button issues, and how to stay functional.
Understanding that parenting is a whole new ballgame in the age of digital transformation, Samantha Kemp-Jackson of the Multiple Mayhem Mamma blog host a salient podcast exploring how parenting has changed over the years -- and how to cope.
So, there you have it. With all these great perspectives you’ll soon be doling out advice of your own -- or, at least getting through the days a little easier as you watch your little ones grow.